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About Fort Bissell Museum

Fort Bissell is a museum in Phillips County, Kansas, sponsored by the Phillips County Historical Society. The Fort was never a military fort but was built for the safety of the settlers. The families of Phillips County have donated artifacts to the museum for many years. There is a Civil War Uniform on display along with a Bible a union soldier carried through the War; a music box that came to Phillips County from West Virginia in a covered wagon; the Kingery Gun Collection which holds many unique firearms and too many other artifacts to mention. The museum is a non-profit organization and is free for anyone to come visit. We hope to see you soon at the Fort!


Open: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Tuesday – Friday 9 AM – 4 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 2 PM
Phone:785.543.6212


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Our Stroud Wagon now also has some shelter from the harsh summer sun still to come!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Getting the Fort ready for season 2017! The sudden downpour and hail transformed the parking area into a pond. How welcome the new cement parking area was to get into the building with clean and dry feet! ... See MoreSee Less

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Logan visited us today.... we all had fun!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you so much to the 4-H'ers who came to clean up at Fort Bissell yesterday. We really appreciate you!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to the Shade Tree Committee for the supplying and planting of a tree on our premises. Can't wait to move the picnic table into its shade... ... See MoreSee Less

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Look who visited the Fort recently.... Looking forward to your next visit and investigation into any unexplained activity! Has anyone ever experienced something like that here at the Fort? We would like to hear from you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Next week we will start to open up the exhibits and give all the areas a good clean up before we officially open up for the 2017 Season. We are excited... hope to see the regular faces and LOTS of new ones too!! Remember that entrance as always is FREE! ... See MoreSee Less

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Phillips County CVB are using one of our landmarks in their weekly trivia question. If you don't know the answer, a visit to the Fort will make it clear - the depot has BOTH names on it. Who has more information other than just the name it was before, i.e. the date it was changed and the reason why? ... See MoreSee Less

***Update! Congratulations to Sharlene Wood Keesee!!! You are our winner for the Trip C Cafe gift certificate. You can redeem it for your next meal at the cafe.****. It's Phillips County trivia time! The area of Glade, Ks was laid out in 1878. But it wasn't known as Glade at that time. Can you tell us the original name of Glade? Like, post your answer and share with others to be entered into a drawing for $5 off your next meal at Triple C Cafe in Glade! Drawing will be held Friday at noon. #takemetophillipscounty #visitphillipscounty #gladeks #triplec #discoverkansas #bestofkansas #kansasphotos #onlyinkansas #noplacelikeks #kansashistory

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Traditionally the Fort opens the day after Memorial Day. We will be OPEN this coming Saturday and Sunday both days from 12p.m. till 5p.m. On Monday we will be closed and will be open again from Tuesday for our regular hours for the season! Please stop by and visit - remember entrance is FREE! ... See MoreSee Less

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