1st Territorial Capitol
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 terrirtory began. Some would say the 1st Territorial Capitol is really where the Civil War began.
Now located on Fort Riley, the capitol was orginally built in the town of Pawnee.
Visitors are urged to contact the Geary County Historical Museum for open and closed days and hours at 785.238.1666.
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. You can call 785.238.2885 for the best gate to use. All persons and vehicles entering Fort Riley are subject to search. No cell-phone useage is allowed on Fort Riley while driving a vehicle.
View the Fort Riley
website for more information.