Stop 1-In front of Visitor Center
(Sound of bugle call) Welcome to Fort Scott National Historic Site. The buildings and grounds in front of you represent Fort Scott in the 1840s, when the fort was built to protect the Permanent Indian Frontier.
Its architect, Captain Thomas Swords, stated that his goal here was to build the Crack Post of the Frontier. To that end, he employed a variety of architectural styles, native building materials, and local water resources used in mixing mortar and plaster.
He supervised the construction of a fort that was intended to be a permanent and safe home for soldiers whose mission was to patrol the Permanent Indian Frontier. They were to keep the frontier at peace by keeping Indians and white settlers separated. As you proceed, you will hear more about how each building or structure played a role in helping the army to fulfill its military mission.