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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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Who remembers this?Pure kindness, indeed. 🙏🏼🇺🇸 ... See MoreSee Less

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Finding answers to your family's past. Rufus Soodsma and sons assisted by Judy Rowland and her sources trying to put jigsaw puzzle pieces together in their family history in Prairie View and Phillips County. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fort Bissell welcomes the children from Heartland Church today! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are not having a Person of the Year added to our Wall of Fame this year. However, we are already working towards something exciting for early in the 2020 season! Just received our permanent plaque - isn't it gorgeous? ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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DID YOU KNOW?
Yesterday was Purple Heart Day. August 7 commemorates the creation of the OLDEST American military decoration for military merit. The Purple Heart honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. During the American Revolutionary War, the Badge for Military Merit decorated six known soldiers.

General George Washington created the Badge of Merit in 1782. The honor was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” Its design included a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk bound with a thin edge of silver. Across the face, the word Merit was embroidered in silver. While the badge symbolized the courage and devotion of an American Patriot, no one knows who designed the award.

Until Washington’s 200th birthday, the Purple Heart persisted as a Revolutionary War footnote. Through the efforts of General Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. War Department created the Order of the Purple Heart. Today the medal bears a bust of George Washington and his coat of arms.

While an accurate and complete list of names no longer exists, National Geographic recently estimated that nearly 1.9 million Purple Hearts have been awarded since its creation. It’s the oldest U.S. military honor still bestowed upon service members today. Until 1944, the Purple Heart recognized service members’ commendable actions as well. Then in 1944, the requirements limited the award to only those wounded or killed in combat.

Purple Heart Firsts
William Brown and Elijah Churchill received the Badge of Military Merit during the Revolutionary War when the award first replaced the Fidelity Medallion.
Army General Douglas MacArthur received the first modern-day Purple Heart.
Army Lt. Annie G. Fox received the Purple Heart during World War II for her actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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2 weeks ago

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A video of our One-roomed Schoolhouse - a summer internship assignment, completed by Kenzie Jansonius. A Job well done!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Today is National Purple Heart Day. Here at the Fort we have the Purple Heart Medal of one of our local young men, Flight Officer Lawrence H. Morgan, who died in service of his country in Europe on April 6, 1945. His brother and sister founded the Morgan Foundation that supports many projects in Phillips County. He is buried in Neuville-en-Condroz in Belgium. #PurpleHeartDay ... See MoreSee Less

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How Fort Bissell made someone very happy for the Rodeo Parade on Saturday.... on Thursday a gentleman walks in and asks what are the chances that we have an Indian headdress that he could loan or rent for the Rodeo Parade. Well, we did not have one, but with a single phone call we found that our President Connie Cox had one. However, he lives in Franklin NE and Connie was doing her regular getting around. By Friday evening he decided it was not worth it and was going to drop the idea of dressing like a Native American for the parade. On Saturday we tried again and Connie finally dropped off the headdress in the line-up - he was not there yet, but someone that knew him was. The result... a happy guy, dressed as a Native American in the parade. After the parade their whole "party" came to visit the Fort to say thank you - even used the hitching post for their horses! Our great pleasure Scott Herrick! ... See MoreSee Less

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DID YOU KNOW?
In 1933 it cost only 50c for adults and 25c for children 6 to 15 years old to attend the Rodeo? And there was already taxes to be added to these prices! This poster can be seen in the Fort Bissell Mercantile Building on our grounds.
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