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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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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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We have EIGHT teams participating in our Chili Cook-off!! Come and taste and vote - Sunday September 24th at 5pm at the Fort! (Should we have rainy weather, we will relocate to the 4-H building, north of town, at the fairgrounds). ... See MoreSee Less

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SEPTEMBER 24TH is Chili Cook-off time! Do you want to enter a team?? Pick up your team registration at H&R Block! It's always a fun time and the prizes are wonderful, donated from 25+ local businesses!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Come and join us for an evening of fun and frolic at our FIFTH Annual Chili Cookoff, where teams do the cooking and you get to vote for the best! And it's not only chili, we also will have cinnamon rolls, watermelon and iced tea. Free will donation! ... See MoreSee Less

Fifth Annual Chili Cookoff

September 24, 2017, 5:00pm - September 24, 2017, 7:30pm

Come and join us for an evening of fun and frolic at our FIFTH Annual Chili Cookoff, where teams do the cooking and you get to vote for the best! And it's not only chili, we also will have cinnamon rolls, watermelon and iced tea. Free will donation!

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How about this HISTORY???!!!?? ... See MoreSee Less

In 1913 it was legal to mail children. With stamps attached to their clothing, children rode trains to their destinations, accompanied by letter carriers. One newspaper reported it cost fifty-three cents for parents to mail their daughter to her grandparents for a family visit. As news stories and photos popped up around the country, it didn't take long to get a law on the books making it illegal to send children through the mail. With thanks to Thomas Doty.

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Today on Labor Day we had special guests - 3 Bissell's researching family ties with John & William Bissell. What a fun time we had - with Mark & Polly Bissell from Akron OH and Leslie Bissell from Liberal KS. ... See MoreSee Less

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