Visitors Control Center
8 Sherman Avenue
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027
Visitors Control Center open:
Monday - Friday: 6:30AM - 4PM
Saturday: 8AM - 4PM
The Visitors Control Center
is closed Sundays
and all Federal Holidays.
Map Frontier Army Museum
Grant Hall Tower
Buffalo Soldier Monument
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.
But 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 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 7AM - 4PM and Saturday
8AM - 4PM. where reception clerks will verify that the vehicle
driver has a valid license, registration and proof of insurance and that
all passengers 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 here!The
Fort Leavenworth Visitor Control Center is closed on Sundays and all Federal
Driver's licenses from the following states and territories
are not sufficient on their own: Alaska, American Samoa, California,
Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and
Residents of those states or territories 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 April 6, 2019.
Frontier Army Museum
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Memorial Chapel is one of three chapels on Fort Leavenworth. It is
for Lutheran and Episcopal services.
Missouri River from the bluff at Fort Leavenworth
The United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) was established in 1875
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
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
General Edward Hatch (1832-1889)
Thomas Ward Custer - double Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
Died with his brother George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little
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
A second, much smaller and less well known cemetery is
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.
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