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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Geary County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Geary County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Geary County, KS (54) Clay County, KS (8) Dickinson County, KS (46) Morris County, KS (56) Riley County, KS (28) Wabaunsee County, KS (18)  GearyCounty(54) Geary County (54)  ClayCounty(8) Clay County (8)  DickinsonCounty(46) Dickinson County (46)  MorrisCounty(56) Morris County (56)  RileyCounty(28) Riley County (28)  WabaunseeCounty(18) Wabaunsee County (18)
Junction City is the county seat for Geary County
Adjacent to Geary County, Kansas
      Clay County (8)  
      Dickinson County (46)  
      Morris County (56)  
      Riley County (28)  
      Wabaunsee County (18)  
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1Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — "Duty"
Artist - James Nathan Muir A tribute to the Cavalrymen and their Horses who so faithfully served our Nation Dedicated October 2003Map (db m74341) HM
2Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — 16th Infantry Regiment — 1st Infantry Division — United States Army
On 14 July 1965, the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry arrived at Vung Tau, Vietnam, aboard the U.S.N.S Gordon. Three months later, on 10 October 1965, the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry arrived at Vung Tau aboard the U.S.N.S Mann. During . . . Map (db m89131) HM WM
3Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — 9th Armored Division — Activated at Fort Riley July 15, 1942 — Inactivated October 15, 1945 —
By capturing bridge at Remagen on March 7, 1945 became first allied troops to cross the Rhine. Campaigns: Ardennes • Rhineland • Central EuropeMap (db m43929) HM
4Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Camp Funston — World War I Headquarters of Maj Gen Leonard Wood
Camp Funston was established as one of sixteen Divisional Cantonment Training Camps during World War I. Construction of the 2,000 acre camp began during the summer of 1917 and eventually encompassed approximately 1,400 buildings Major General . . . Map (db m32848) HM
5Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Cholera Epidemic of 1855
In this area rest the remains of approximately 100 soldiers, civilian workers, and their dependents who perished at Fort Riley, Kansas Territory, during the cholera epidemic in the summer of 1855. These soldiers and civilian workers were engaged in . . . Map (db m74308) HM
6Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Confederate POWs
Erected to the memory of Confederate soldiers whose remains are laid to rest here. They were captured during the New Mexico campaign that culminated in the Battle of Glorieta Pass fought on March 28, 1862 near Santa Fe. Approximately 130 . . . Map (db m74309) HM
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7Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — East Riding Hall — Constructed 1889
Used as an indoor training arena by mounted troops, the Cavalry School, and the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and for horse shows and polo games until 1948.Map (db m66651) HM
8Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — First Capitol of Kansas
The first Kansas Territorial Legislature met in this building, July 2-6, 1855. Admittance FreeMap (db m32758) HM
9Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — 24 — First Capitol of Kansas
This building was erected in 1855 in the now extinct town of Pawnee for the first legislature of the territory of Kansas. The members were mostly Missourians, fraudulently elected in an effort to make Kansas a slave state. They came in wagons and on . . . Map (db m33038) HM
10Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — 27 — Fort Riley
Here where the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers unite to form the Kansas, Fremont's expedition of 1843 camped and reported great numbers of elk, antelope and Indians. In 1852 the army selected the site for a Western outpost, temporarily called . . . Map (db m32755) HM
11Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Funston Monument
This monument, erected in December 1918, is dedicated to the men who trained at Camp Funston during World War I. Between the fall of 1917 and November 1918, approximately 50,000 soldiers received their basic training at this camp. These soldiers . . . Map (db m32847) HM
12Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Global War on Terrorism Monument
Both Towers In honor of those who mobilized and deployed through Fort Riley who dies in support of the Global War on TerrorismMap (db m43930) WM
13Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — In Memory of Civil War Horses and Mules
In memory of the one and one half million horses and mules of the Union and Confederate armies who were killed were wounded, or died from disease in the Civil War Reverse Sculpture by Tessa Pullan 1996 Gift to the . . . Map (db m88994) WM
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14Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — In Memory of the Gallant Dead of the Second U.S. Cavalry
. . . Map (db m89123) WM
15Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Locomotive "6072"
This locomotive was donated to Fort Riley by the Union Pacific Railroad on 7 February 1958 for display as a symbol of contribution toward development of the midwest subsequent to 1865. Manufactured as a coal steam engine in 1908 it was . . . Map (db m74339) HM
16Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — M113 Armored Personnel Carrier
Armament: .50 cal. machine gun Crew: 2 plus 11 infantry Weight: 24,600 lbs Speed: 42 mph Range: 300 miles
The M113 was introduced in 1960 and used by the 1st Infantry Division as the primary armored personnel . . . Map (db m80746) HM
17Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage
Type: Multiple Gun Motor Carrier Armament: .50 Cal Machine-gun Combat Weight: 22,000 lbs. Max Speed: 45 MPH Range: 210 miles
Built by the White Motor Company and introduced into service in 1943. Designed as an . . . Map (db m80743) HM
18Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — M24 Chaffee Light Tank
Type: Light Tank Armament: 75 mm Gun Cal .50 MG Cal .30 MG Engine: 220 Horsepower Max Speed: 34 MPH Crew: 4 Width: 8' 9" • Length: 16' 3" Height: 8' 1" • Weight: 18 Tons
Used since 1945 by armored . . . Map (db m80757) HM
19Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — M3 Personnel Carrier Half-Track
Armament: .50 cal. machine gun Crew: 3 plus 10 infantry Weight: 18,800 lbs Speed: 45 mph Range: 220 miles
The basic M3 half-track was fielded in 1940 and used on all fronts throughout World War II. This vehicle . . . Map (db m66650) HM
20Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — M36 Tank Destroyer
Armament: M3 90 mm gun Crew: 5 Weight: 62,004 lbs Speed: 30 mph Range: 149 miles
The M36 nicknamed the "Jackson", started its action in July 1944 in Europe. The tank carried the M3 90 mm gun - the most . . . Map (db m80747) HM
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21Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — M3A1 37 mm Anti-Tank Gun
Crew: 4-6 Armament: 37 mm gun Weight: 950 lbs Range: 12,800 yds
The M3A1 is a light anti-tank weapon developed in 1937 and introduced in 1940. Production was terminated as a result of poor performance during the . . . Map (db m80756) HM
22Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank
Armament: 76 mm gun, .50 cal. MG, 30 cal. MG Crew: 5 Weight: 64,000 lbs Speed: 26 mph Range: 120 miles
The M4 Sherman, in its many variations, saw service with the 1st infantry Division units in World War II. . . . Map (db m80745) HM
23Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — M5 Stuart Light Tank
Type: Light Tank Armament: Main 1 x 37mm gun M6 Secondary: 2 x 30 Cal. Browning M.G. Manufacturer: Cadillac Division of GMC Production: February, 1942 - July 1944 Engine: Cadillac Twin V8 220HP Max Speed: 36 MPH Crew: 4 . . . Map (db m80744) HM
24Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Mose Waters' General Store
This structure is named for Mose Waters, the post sutler who built it in 1888 as a general store and recreation center. It became the first post exchange in 1897 and was converted to living quarters in 1930.Map (db m80760) HM
25Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — National Rifle Range — 1900-1992
This area encompasses a portion of the 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 . . . Map (db m74298) HM
26Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Ogden Monument
South Side Brevet Major E.A. OGDEN Assistant Quartermaster died at Fort Riley Aug. 3d 1855 Aged 44 years I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from . . . Map (db m43970) HM
27Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Ogden Monument
(West side) Brevet Major E.A. OGDEN Assistant Quartermaster U.S. Army died at Fort Riley Aug. 3rd 1855 Aged 44 years And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from . . . Map (db m74300) HM
28Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Private Robert T. Henry Bridge
Named in honor of Private Robert T. Henry, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, posthumously awarded the MEDAL OF HONOR for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action at Luchen, Germany 3 . . . Map (db m43969) WM
29Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Sturgis Stadium
Named in honor of the Sturgis family. Colonel Samuel D. Sturgis fought in the Indian Wars for 40 years (1846-1886) to expand the American Frontier in the west. His son, Major General Samuel D. Sturgis Jr., served in the U.S. Army with . . . Map (db m76642) HM WM
30Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — The Atomic Cannon
Model. M65 280 m.m. Weight. 42,500 lbs. Length. 42 feet (1) One of only (3) three in existence, the other two are located at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and the U.S. Army Ordinance Center in Aberdeen, Maryland. It was placed in service November 17, 1952 . . . Map (db m168310) HM
31Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — The Mormon Trail — (South Fork)
Between 1846 and 1869, thousands of Mormon immigrants traversed the Great Plains enroute to sanctuary in the Great Basin of the Rocky Mountains. The main route ran through Nebraska, paralleling the Platte River. A cholera epidemic in the fall . . . Map (db m43936) HM
32Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Third Armored Field Artillery Battalion
Dedicated to the Third Armored Field Artillery Battalion whose members fought with valor and distinction in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns of World War II receiving a Presidential Unit Citation for sustained artillery fire, . . . Map (db m43928) HM
33Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — To the Memory of the Gallant Dead 26th Cavalry
. . . Map (db m89127) WM
34Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — To the United States Cavalry
This statue, honoring the United States Cavalry and its role in the settlement of the West, is located on what was long known as the Cavalry Parade Ground at Fort Riley. It was constructed in three dimensions through the artistry of the . . . Map (db m74313) HM
35Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Tuttle Park
COL Hiram E. Tuttle (1882-1956) served at Fort Riley for 12 years. He gained fame as a dressage rider and won a bronze medal for the U.S. Equestrian team in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. He competed again in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. COL . . . Map (db m80762) HM
36Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Vanguard of Freedom — Bicentennial 1775 - 1975 — United States Army —
Dedicated on June 15, 1975 to the gallant soldiers of the United States Army who for 200 years have died in defense of their country.Map (db m74340) HM
37Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — West Riding Hall / Polk Hall
(Left of Stairs) West Riding Hall Constructed 1908 Used as an indoor training arena by mounted troops, the Cavalry School, and the U.S. Olympic equestrian team and for horse shows and polo games until 1952 (Right of stairs) . . . Map (db m44341) HM
38Kansas, Geary County, Fort Riley — Wounded Knee and Drexel Mission
To the soldiers who were killed in battle with Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee and Drexel Mission, South Dakota, December 29 and 30, 1890. Erected as a tribute of affection by their comrades of the Medical Department and Seventh Cavalry, U.S. Army, . . . Map (db m74311) HM
39Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — 1st Infantry Division Memorial
Front Dedicated to the military personnel from Fort Riley, Kansas, service in support of Operation Desert Storm July 4, 1991 by friends and neighbors in Junction City and Geary County Funding for this project has been donated by: . . . Map (db m43927) WM
40Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — 600 Block Washington Street — Historic Buildings
616 N. Washington: Cozy Theater Opening in November 1918, the Cozy Theater had the finest motion picture equipment in the Midwest. The building shows influences from the "Prairie School" of architecture originating at the 1893 Chicago World's . . . Map (db m131577) HM
41Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — 700 Block Washington Street — Historic Buildings
722 N. Washington: Masonic Temple Constructed in 1881, the Masons have occupied the building since 1916. The main floor has housed a variety of stores including Ziegler Hardware, Waters Hardware, and department or clothing stores under the . . . Map (db m131575) HM
42Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — 7th Street East & West of Washington — Historic Buildings
130 West Seventh Street: This building was apparently built before the turn-of-the-century. It housed Gross Furniture, a firm dating to 1860. Later it was occupied by various groceries, cafes, and shops. 103 West 7th Street: George Smith . . . Map (db m131576) HM
43Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — 800 Block Washington Street — Historic Buildings
816 N. Washington: Baskin/Clewell Drug Store Here, in 1978, the last of the "old-fashioned drug stores” in junction City closed. Built in 1904 by pharmacist C.H. Baskin, the building was acquired by Charles Clewell in 1917. Eventually his . . . Map (db m131574) HM
44Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — Buffalo Soldier Memorial
Section 1 Top Tablet United States Army The Chief of Staff October 27, 2000 The Junction City - Fort Riley Community and the Buffalo Soldiers I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Junction City-Fort Riley community . . . Map (db m44250) HM
45Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — Civil War Memorial Arch
Left tablet In God We Trust In Memory of the soldiers and sailors of 1861-1865 who inspired by patriotism freely offered their lives for the maintenance of an undivided country. Right tablet 1861-1865 Total Enlistment 2,778,304 . . . Map (db m43966) HM
46Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — George Smith — Born 1835 - Died 1905 — Pioneer Citizen - Philanthropist —
In memory of George Smith Born 1835 – Died 1905 Pioneer Citizen – Philanthropist who willed his entire estate, including this site, to the city of Junction City for the establishment and maintenance of a public library and . . . Map (db m122958) HM
47Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — 104 — Historical Kansas — Reported missing
Five miles to the northeast the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers unite to form the Kansas or Kaw. At the junction, the city which bears the name, was founded in 1857. Before the arrival of the westward-building Union Pacific railroad in 1866, . . . Map (db m74013) HM
48Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — 99 — Historical Kansas
Seven miles ahead you will drive through the southern edge of Fort Riley, established as Camp Center in 1852. The fort was visited by Horace Greeley, noted editor of the New York Tribune, when he traveled by stagecoach to the Pike's Peak region . . . Map (db m32714) HM
49Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — Purple Heart Memorial
Top Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars Middle right My stone is red for the blood they shed. the medal I bear is my country's way to show they care. If I could be seen by all mankind maybe peace will come in my . . . Map (db m43968) HM
50Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — Purple Heart Trail in Kansas — "Freedom Isn't Free" — Dedicated to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines Wounded or Killed in Action —
On 13 May 2003, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, proclaimed the Eisenhower Insterstate Highway System in Kansas, as the "Purple Heart Trail." This trail memorializes those heroic service members who have had the Purple Heart medal bestowed on . . . Map (db m32715) HM WM
51Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — State of Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial — Dedicated July 4, 1987
Dedicated to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country This memorial built by major corporate sponsors including Coors Brewing Company The Kansas Coors Distributors Association and many families and individuals who made . . . Map (db m42502) HM
52Kansas, Geary County, Junction City — World War Memorial
American War Mothers to Geary County World War VeteransMap (db m43967) WM
53Kansas, Geary County, Manhattan — 98 — Fort Riley & Junction City
Approximately 7 miles ahead is the southern edge of Fort Riley, established as a military post in 1853. Horace Greeley, noted editor of the New York Tribune, visited the fort in 1859. Of Fort Riley he said, “I hear that two millions of Uncle . . . Map (db m78886) HM
54Kansas, Geary County, Manhattan — 105 — Historical Kansas
North on scenic K-177 is Manhattan, home of Kansas State University, established as Bluemont College in 1858. Above Manhattan is the huge Tuttle Creek dam and reservoir, described in the 1950s by embattled valley residents as "Big Dam . . . Map (db m55357) HM
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Feb. 4, 2023