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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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I didn't have time to show you our Ground Hog or our Opossum.... looks like we will have a lot more Winter to do that.... stay warm! ... See MoreSee Less
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Kansas Day Special live from the Fort! ... See MoreSee Less
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Friday is Kansas Day!! Even though the Fort is closed, we are doing something! Connie has been invited to participate in the statewide elementary zoom meeting. She will be talking about some of the animals of which we have furs in our Critter Cabin and are excited for this event. We are going to try and do a Facebook Live at the same time to share this as wide as possible. If you can't watch it live at 9:30 am, it should be available to watch again later. Friday 9:30 - 10 a.m - catch Connie in her Racoon hat! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

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January 11 is celebrated annually as Learn Your Name in Morse code Day. Do you know how to write your name in Morse code? Morse code is a method used in telecommunication to encode text characters as standardized sequences of two different signal durations, called dots and dashes or dits and dahs. The duration of a dash is three times the duration of a dot. Morse code is named after Samuel Morse, an inventor of the telegraph. ... See MoreSee Less
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While doing research, one sees the most amazing things. This advert was in the Kirwin Kansan dated 4 March 1914. Saving money is still an uphill battle!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Merry Christmas to all our supporters and followers! This day in 2015 - photos by Robin Chester. The snow sure made the wagons look pretty! ... See MoreSee Less
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A Merry Christmas wish to all our followers from our 2020 Intern Theo Keesee! And a very merry Christmas to you too Theo! ... See MoreSee Less
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YOUR DONATIONS WOULD BE WELCOMED! OUR INCOME TOOK A SERIOUS NOSEDIVE THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID. THERE IS STILL TIME TO DONATE!! From the IRS - In the past you could only deduct charitable donations if you itemized. However, taxpayers who don't itemize deductions may take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made in 2020 to qualifying organizations. For the purposes of this deduction, qualifying organizations are those that are religious, charitable, educational, scientific or literary in purpose. The law changed in this area due to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.Any donations can be made out to:Fort Bissell MuseumP O Box 53Phillipsburg, KS 67661Or dropped off at H&R Block, 4th Street, Phillipsburg. ... See MoreSee Less
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Fun at the Fort today.... first concrete being poured for the footings of our chapel and Harlan is having a workshop in the Blacksmith shop! ... See MoreSee Less
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