Fort Bissell Museum is situated in Phillipsburg Kansas and showcases the Pioneer history of Phillips County at the turn of the century.
We have 7 buildings on the premises, i.e.
- Heritage Hall (built in 2007);
- Dayton Hopper one-roomed schoolhouse (Moved from 4 miles north of Woodruff);
- Marvin Glade Station Depot (Moved from Glade);
- Mercantile General Store (Moved from Woodruff);
- Fred Albright Cabin – made from cottonwood (Moved from Logan);
- Critter Cabin – made from walnut (Moved from Woodruff);
- Sod house – built on the premises in 1970
The original Fort Bissell was 2.5 miles west from the current site. It was built in 1872 for the protection against the Indians. It never was a military fort, but run by civilians who came from the Civil War. It was broken down in 1878 after there was no more threat from the Indians. The City of Phillipsburg erected a replica in 1962 and this was replaced by the current cottonwood logs in 1978.
This may be seen as a small local museum, but sitting right on Highway 36, we attract many visitors in season who are really just passing by. Once inside, they usually are amazed at the variety of exhibits and also the amount of items on display.