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Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant John Denny served at Fort Hays from January 1882 to December 1884. He and other African American "Buffalo Soldiers" are part of the rich Fort Hays history that includes names like Generals George A. Custer, Nelson Miles, and Philip Sheridan; Major Marcus Reno; William "Buffalo Bill" Cody; and James B. "Wild Bill" Hickok. Established in 1865 in the land of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, the fort protected railroad workers and travelers on the Smoky Hill Trail. See the soldier's clothing, weapons, and personal items, including George Custer's dumbbell forged by the fort's blacksmith. Learn more about the soldiers and the people they were protecting when you visit Fort Hays.

A finalist in the 8 Wonders of Kansas History!

Buffalo statue by Pete Felton named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art

Visitor comments

"Absolutely delightful! The talking history displays, personal tour and 'who are you' cards brought the history alive. Well done!"

"Loved receiving a Fort Hays soldier's name and a place to look up the remainder of his career! It helps make history real for 'dot.com' kids."