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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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Fort Bissell and the board of the Phillips County Historical Society Board want to wish you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING with your loved ones. If you are travelling, may you journey safely to your destination and back. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gorgeous gals Kathy, Deb and Connie all dressed up and ready to give tours at the "UNCORK AT THE FORT" event. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fort Bissell hosted the CVB's wine tasting event in perfect Fall weather. The Fort was decorated with Fall elements to fit the theme.

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Only 4 tickets left!! Come and attend this event at the Fort! Tickets sold by the Chamber - Phone 543-2321 ... See MoreSee Less

ONLY 4 TICKETS LEFT!...October 15th at 4 pm Phillips County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host Uncork at the Fort. It will an evening of Shiloh Vineyard and Winery, wine tasting, appetizers,music, fort tour and scavenger hunt. This event is limited to 50 people, ages 21 and up. Stop by our office in the Fischer Building or call 543.2321 to get your tickets today!

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We want to give a huge shout out to Farmer's National Bank who matched our first $1000 of donations at the Chili Cook-off for a second year in a row. Thank you for your commitment to our museum and investment in preserving our past!! ... See MoreSee Less

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The tribe has spoken.... the winners of our Fifth Chili Cook-off - Teams B (Most like Mom's) and E (Fan Favorite). Congratulations and well done Midwest and Coomes Inc!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Another Chili Cook-off done and dusted. Thank you to everyone that came out to the 4-H building, which turned out to be a great place to host our event. Good job done by our 8 teams with all their chili. It was great to see some new teams.
The winners were:
Most like Mom's - Midwest (Team B)
Fan Favorite - Coomes Inc (Team E, who successfully defended their title from last year)
The door prizes were won by:
1 - Deegan Coomes
2 - Doug & Ledia Vahle
A HUGE thank you to participants, tasters/voters and all the sponsors of our wonderful prizes. We live in a great community! (Photos to follow)
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Our Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off which had to be moved to the 4-H building due to the weather. Feel free to tag yourself or friends! ... See MoreSee Less

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CHILI COOK-OFF UPDATE!
We are moving the event to the 4-H building due to the weather. It still will start at 5pm. Come on over and taste and enjoy some good chili from the 8 teams. Live entertainment, games and photo booth. Free will donation. You also stand the chance of winning a door prize!!
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CHILI COOK-OFF UPDATE!
We are closely watching the weather reports and it looks like the odds are against us with rain on the cards for tomorrow. We will make the final call tomorrow morning if the event is moving to the 4-H building or not. Please check back on this page. We will also send the information to KKAN/KQMA for broadcasting.
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