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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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Fun Friday Scavenger Hunt - Thank you everyone for attending!! Two had already left when we rounded these up for a photo. And thank you to the 2 moms who pulled out some nasty stickers for us - that's super volunteering!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to the 4-H'ers that planted new plants and perennials that came up again, things look pretty around the Fort. ... See MoreSee Less

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This will be an indoor event. We are inviting kids between 6 and 12 years to come and join in. We will be making mini teepees from paper and decorate them using Native American symbols. If a chold younger than 6 wants to come, we will allow this as long as a parent or older sibling accompanies them. Please RSVP either here or via email ftbissell@live.com or telephone 785-543-6212. Come Dig the history at Fort Bissell! ... See MoreSee Less

Fun Friday - Make and decorate a mini teepee

June 30, 2017, 10:00am - June 30, 2017, 11:30am

This will be an indoor event. We are inviting kids between 6 and 12 years to come and join in. We will be making mini teepees from paper and decorate them using Native American symbols. If a chold younger than 6 wants to come, we will allow this as long as a parent or older sibling accompanies them. Please RSVP either here or via email ftbissell@live.com or telephone 785-543-6212. Come Dig the history at Fort Bissell!

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We are inviting kids between the ages 6 and 12 to attend our Fun Friday. We will be hiding 20 items throughout the Fort and these must be found and be sorted into Native American (Indian) or Settlers. The weather forecast is for slightly cooler weather, but kids should still wear a hat and bring something to drink. Please RSVP as we need to know for how many kids to prepare! Phone us on 785-543-6212, email ftbissel@live.com or indicate here!!
COME AND DIG THE HISTORY AT FORT BISSELL!!
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Fun Friday Scavenger Hunt

June 23, 2017, 10:00am - June 23, 2017, 12:00pm

We are inviting kids between the ages 6 and 12 to attend our Fun Friday. We will be hiding 20 items throughout the Fort and these must be found and be sorted into Native American (Indian) or Settlers. The weather forecast is for slightly cooler weather, but kids should still wear a hat and bring something to drink. Please RSVP as we need to know for how many kids to prepare! Phone us on 785-543-6212, email ftbissel@live.com or indicate here!! COME AND DIG THE HISTORY AT FORT BISSELL!!

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FUN FRIDAY - today was such a successful day for the kids (and their parents that stayed)! Despite the heat, Harlan Nonhof and his assistant Jerry Wisinger turned out some forks to toast marshmallows or to barbeque wieners. The winners of the lucky draw were Azariah Christy and PJ vander Linden who each got one to take home. Thank you all for supporting us! ... See MoreSee Less

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Blacksmith workshop: Tools on the table... ... See MoreSee Less

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The answer to what is it - it's an electric corn popper from the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia! ... See MoreSee Less

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FUN FRIDAYS are to commence again! This coming Friday 16th our Blacksmith Shop will be in operation and children and their parents too, are invited to come and watch how these guys form items by heating them in the red hot coals in the forge and then hammering and shaping them on the anvil and in the vise. Children from 6 to 12 years are invited to come and spend an hour or two of fun at the Fort. It starts at 10am and if you are sending your child, please contact us to let us know in order to prepare beforehand. With the current hot weather, it is also strongly advised to let them wear a hat and bring something to drink. We will be putting every attendee's name in a hat and have a lucky draw to win an item made by the blacksmith. ... See MoreSee Less

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Who would like to venture to guess what this item is? ... See MoreSee Less

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