Near Junction City in Geary County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Riley, one of the nation's major military establishments, adjoins Junction City on the east. Established as Camp Center in 1852, the fort has quartered some of the most famous U. S. army units in history, including Custer's Seventh (Indian-fighting) cavalry, organized there in 1866. The army's cavalry school, established at the post in 1892, was said to be the finest in the world until mechanization displaced the horse in the 1940s.
This highway takes you through the southern edge of Fort Riley. To your left will be Marshall Field, an early army airport commanded in 1926 - 1928 by Maj. H. H. (Hap) Arnold, later commanding general of the USAAF in World War II. Farther north on the military reservation are the Camp Funston area, training center for both World Wars; the Fort Riley museum; and the First Capitol of Kansas, 1855.
Erected by State Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 104.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 59.994′ N, 96° 52.73′ W. Marker was near Junction City, Kansas, in Geary County. Marker was on Interstate 70 at milepost 294, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in the east bound rest area. Marker was in this post office area: Junction City KS 66441, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); 1st Infantry Division Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); State of Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Civil War Memorial Arch (approx. 3.3 miles away); George Smith (approx. 3.3 miles away); Buffalo Soldier Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); National Rifle Range (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Junction City.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on May 26, 2014. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.