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Kansas First Territorial Capitol
1st Territorial Capitol sign
Eric Childs or Mike Ritchie, First Territorial Capitol State Historic Site
Huebner Rd.
Bldg. 693
Ft. Riley, KS  66442

It was here that the struggle for freedom began in the Kansas Territory when the first territorial legislature convened in July 1855. 

As the struggle to determine if Kansas would enter the Union as a free or slave state raged across the newly formed territory, it was at the 1st Territorial Capitol that the fight for freedom for all persons in the Kansas territory began. Some would say the 1st Territorial Capitol is really where the Civil War began. Located on Fort Riley, the capitol was originally built in the town of Pawnee.

The First Territorial Capitol State Historic Site is open from April - October  10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays, and 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sundays.

Fort Riley Access Information
All adults must have a government issued photographic identification card to enter Fort Riley. Some access gates do not operate 24-hours a day. All persons and vehicles entering Fort Riley are subject to search. No cell-phone usage is allowed on Fort Riley while driving a vehicle.

View the Fort Riley website for more information.