Fort Riley in Geary County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
National Rifle Range
The idea for such a site originated with Congressional legislation in 1904. The Army's growing emphasis on marksmanship and the idea that Fort Riley was the geographical center of the United States made this an ideal location.
Situated in the area known as Republican Flats, the original ashlar-cut limestone Target Berm to the north is part of the backdrop for the National Rifle Range and first appears on Fort Riley maps in 1903. In 1941, as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Program, the berm was extended on both ends with cast concrete. These additions supported the training needs that arose due to the onset of World War II. Army marksmen from all over the country participated in annual competitions on the National Rifle Range. Archeological surveys have also confirmed the use of various types of firearms.
The Target Berm of the National Rifle Range is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed Military • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps series list.
Location. 39° 4.467′ N, 96° 50.417′ W. Marker is in Fort Riley, Kansas, in Geary County. Marker can be reached from Lookout Drive -or- Thunder Road. This marker is along the walking trail that surrounds the Colyer Forsyth Neighborhood on Fort Riley, KS. The walking trail begins just west (approx. 50 meters) of the intersection of Lookout Drive and Black Kettle Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Riley KS 66442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buffalo Soldier Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Vanguard of Freedom (approx. 2˝ miles away); Confederate POWs (approx. 2.6 miles away); Cholera Epidemic of 1855 (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ogden Monument (approx. 2.6 miles away); Wounded Knee and Drexel Mission (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mose Waters' General Store (approx. 2.9 miles away); West Riding Hall / Polk Hall (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Riley.
More about this marker. The National Rifle Range marker that is currently present is the second iteration. The original marker was erected in late-2013. The plague from the original marker was taken down in April of 2014. A complete replacement (including a new plaque) was made in May of 2014.
Additional keywords. Fort Riley, Kansas, Smoky Hills, National Rifle
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2014. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on June 10, 2014, by Scott Nebeker of Salt Lake City, Utah. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2014, by Scott Nebeker of Salt Lake City, Utah. 3. submitted on May 28, 2014, by Scott Nebeker of Salt Lake City, Utah. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.