Fort Leavenworth
Visitors Control Center
8 Sherman Avenue
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027
(913) 684-3600

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Grant Hall Tower - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Grant Hall Tower
Fort Leavenorth - Leavenworth, Kznsas
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at the lower left, Smith Lake at the upper right,
Buffalo Soldier Monument and Circle of Firsts at the top center

Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth at Leavenworth, Kansas is the oldest active Army post west of the Mississippi. Although known for its role in the expansion of the American frontier and as the only US military maximum security prison, Fort Leavenworth's most important role began in 1881 when Gen. William T. Sherman established the School of Application for Cavalry and Infantry. That school evolved into the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and has graduated officers such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley and George S. Patton.

Fort Leavenworth has a number of things to offer civilian visitors: a national cemetery, museum, monuments and many interesting 19th century buildings. The Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth explains the Fort's role in the exploration and expansion of the western United States, as well as the staff college. When the museum is closed, you can still print this Fort Leavenworth driving tour map and tour the fort at other times. The tour stops at about 16 locations where you will find a display with a recorded message.

A highlight of the tour is the Buffalo Soldier Commemorative Area which consists of the Buffalo Soldier Monument, the Circle of Firsts and the Walkway of Units which recognize the significant "firsts" in the history of African American Soldiers and units in the U.S. Army. Part way around Lake Merritt from the Circle of Firsts is a reminder of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall Monument, with a section of the Berlin Wall, from near Checkpoint Charlie. It was given to the nearby Command and General Staff College by President Ronald Reagan.

Another amazing stop is the United States Disciplinary Barracks Cemetery.

A separate Mormon Battalion driving tour is available. The Mormon Battalion is believed to be the only U.S. Army unit named for its religion and was recruited around present day Council Bluffs, Iowa by Captain James Allen from Fort Leavenworth in 1846. This tour provides insight about the Battalion's stay at Fort Leavenworth.

Current Fort Leavenworth Access requirements

Visitors to Fort Leavenworth who do not have a Department of Defense issued ID card must stop by the Visitor Control Center which is open Monday to Friday from 7 AM - 4 PM and Saturday 8 AM - 4 PM. where reception clerks will verify that the vehicle driver has a valid license, registration and proof of insurance and that all passengers over the age of 15 have sufficient ID. Following a routine background check, visitors will receive a Temporary Pass and instructions allowing them to enter the installation. This may sound like a obstacle, but Fort Leavenworth does encourage visitors to this historic post. You are welcome at Fort Leavenworth! The Fort Leavenworth Visitor Control Center is closed on weekends and all Federal Holidays. 

When the Visitor Control Center is closed, you may currently obtain a one day visitor's pass at the Grant Gate. All visitors who need to enter Fort Leavenworth when the VCC is closed should go the Grant Gate Commercial Lane (far right lane) to request a pass.  Please allow 5-10 minutes for processing.

Driver's licenses with "Real ID" may used for identification. If you do not have Real ID, you must provide such documents as passport, voter's registration card, social security card, birth certificate, etc. Call (913) 684-3600 with questions in advance.

Non US residents may not be permitted on the fort and should call (913) 684-3600 in advance. 

Last updated October, 2023.

Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth
Frontier Army Museum

Buffalo Soldier Monument at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Buffalo Soldier Monument

Berlin Wall Monument - Fort Leavenworth
Berlin Wall Monument

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College - Fort Lravenworth
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Fort Leavenworth Memorial Chapel
Memorial Chapel is one of three chapels on Fort Leavenworth. It is used
for Lutheran and Episcopal services.

Missouri River from United States Disciplinary Barracks
Missouri River from the bluff at Fort Leavenworth

Fort Leavenworth United States Disciplinary Barracks in Kansas
The United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) was established in 1875 and operated
until it was replaced by a state of the art 515 bed facility in 2002.

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery is one of the first 12 national cemeteries established by Abraham Lincoln on July 17, 1862. Burials began in the 1840s.  There are over 30,500 graves of veterans and dependents. 

Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery - Leavenworth, Kansas
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery

General Edward Hatch grave marker
General Edward Hatch (1832-1889)

Thomas Ward Custer - brother to George Armstrong Custer
Thomas Ward Custer - double Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Died with his brother George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Henry Clay - Colored Light Artillery
Henry Clay - The Independent Battery of Colored Light Artillery was was organized at Leavenworth from December 23, 1864 - July 22, 1865. The battery was the only Union Army unit to serve entirely under black leadership during the war. 
United States Disciplinary Barracks Cemetery - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
United States Disciplinary Barracks Cemetery

A second, much smaller and less well known cemetery is the United States Disciplinary Barracks Cemetery a little over a mile north of the former United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB). The Military Prison Cemetery provides the final resting place for the unclaimed remains of prisoners who died or were executed while incarcerated. There are 240 burials in the cemetery. The most recent internment was April 4, 1957, though officially the cemetery is still available for new burials.

Visitors Control Center - Fort Leavenworth
Visitors Control Center - 8 Sherman Avenue, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027

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