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Brown v. Board of Education

National Historic Site

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The story of Brown v. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools, is one of hope and courage. When the people agreed to be plaintiffs in the case, they never knew they would change history. The people who make up this story were ordinary people. They were teachers, secretaries, welders, ministers and students who simply wanted to be treated equally.

Monroe School and park visitor center

Weather

Kansas has a temperate but continental climate, with great extremes between summer and winter temperatures but few long periods of extreme hot or cold.

Driving Directions

The site is located in downtown Topeka, Kansas at 1515 SE Monroe Street. More directions to Brown v. Board of Education.

Operating Hours

Brown v. Board of Education NHS is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The site is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Fees: Free Admission

Contact

Physical Address:
1515 SE Monroe Street
Topeka, KS 66612-1143

Mailing Address:
1515 SE Monroe Street
Topeka, KS 66612-1143

Phone Number: 7853544273

California

National Historic Trail

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Follow in the footsteps of over 250,000 emigrants who traveled to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1840s and 1850s-the greatest mass migration in American history. More than 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen across 10 states on the California National Historic Trail.

A white canvas wagon sits in front of a large rock buttress with mountains in the distance.

Weather

Due to the length of the California National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. The trail passes through 10 states.

Driving Directions

Those portions of the California National Historic Trail authorized by Congress include nearly 2,000 miles of historic trail that was once the primary "road" taken by farmers, enterprising business managers, gold-seekers and fortune hunters who chose to make a new life on the California frontier. The route passes through ten states from Missouri to California. Please see our Directions page for more information on following the California National Historic Trail across the United States. More directions to California.

Operating Hours

The California National Historic Trail is not a clearly marked hiking trail. Instead it is a corridor that passes through communities as well as wild areas and through different states and land ownership. Each location varies as to the hours of operation and access. Please check individual locations along the trail to plan your visit.

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Tuesday: unknown
Wednesday: unknown
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Friday: unknown
Saturday: unknown
Sunday: unknown

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees vary site by site: There are no user or entry fees for the California National Historic Trail. Fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Places To Go (http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm) for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state or our Links and Resources page for useful trip planning websites. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees.

Contact

Physical Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mailing Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone Number: 8017411012

Fort Larned

National Historic Site

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Discover a complete and authentic army post from the 1860s -1870s! This well-preserved fort on the Santa Fe Trail shares a tumultuous history of the Indian Wars era. The sandstone constructed buildings sheltered troops who were known as the Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail.

Sandstone army buildings arranged in a square around parade ground.

Weather

Western Kansas has a four season climate with hot summers and relatively low humidity. Although winters tend to be cold, with average daytime highs in the 30s and 40s, Chinook winds in the winter can warm western Kansas all the way into the 80F (27C) range.

Driving Directions

Fort Larned National Historic Site is located on KS Hwy 156, six miles west of Larned, KS. More directions to Fort Larned.

Operating Hours

Museum exhibits, a 10 minute AV program and ranger programs are all available in the Visitor Center.

Monday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Entrance Fees

Free Admission: No charge for any of the park's activities.

Contact

Mailing Address:
1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550

Physical Address:
1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550

Phone Number: 6202856911

Fort Scott

National Historic Site

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Promises made and broken! A town attacked at dawn! Thousands made homeless by war! Soldiers fighting settlers! Each of these stories is a link in the chain of events that encircled Fort Scott from 1842-1873. All of the site's structures, its parade ground, and its tallgrass prairie bear witness to this era when the country was forged from a young republic into a united transcontinental nation.

A field of sunflowers next to a stone building.  Wood frame structures in background.

Weather

Spring and autumn are pleasant with mild temperatures. Summers are generally hot and humid, while winters are mild with periods of cold weather, snowfall, and ice storms. Thunderstorms, some severe, are common throughout the spring and summer. During periods of severe weather, visitors should seek shelter, as the area is prone to lightning strikes Visitors are advised to check the weather prior to traveling.

Driving Directions

Fort Scott National Historic Site is located in downtown Fort Scott, Kansas. U.S. Highways 69 and 54 intersect here. Fort Scott is about 90 miles south of Kansas City and 60 miles northwest of Joplin, Missouri. It is 4 miles from the Kansas-Missouri border. Signs directing visitors to Fort Scott are posted on highway 69 for visitors coming from the north and the south and on highway 54 for visitors coming from the east and the west. Highway 69 between Fort Scott and Kansas City is a four lane highway, More directions to Fort Scott.

Operating Hours

Visitors may walk the grounds from sunrise to sunset except during periods of snow, ice or other inclement weather conditions that make the grounds unsafe

Monday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fees: The site does not charge an entrance fee.

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 918
Fort Scott, KS 66701

Physical Address:
Old Fort Blvd.
Fort Scott, KS 66701

Phone Number: 6202230310

Lewis & Clark

National Historic Trail

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Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States.

MWRO office building with arrowhead logo.

Weather

In winter, watch for ice on trails and sidewalks. In summer, make sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen on hot days. Keep in mind the Trail covers 11 states, use www.weather.gov to look up the specific area you plan to visit.

Driving Directions

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center is located inside the National Park Service Mid-West Regional Office. We are right on the Missouri River next to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Omaha, NE. More directions to Lewis & Clark.

Operating Hours

During the summer the visitor center is open every day including holidays. May 6, 2017 - November 12, 2017

Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Fee: Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center does not charge an entrance fee, but some of our park partners do. Be sure to check with each visitor and interpretative center to find out their fees.

Contact

Physical Address:
601 Riverfront Dr.
Omaha, NE 68102

Mailing Address:
601 Riverfront Dr.
Omaha, NE 68102

Phone Number: 4026611804

Nicodemus

National Historic Site

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Formerly enslaved African Americans left Kentucky in organized colonies at the end of the of post-Civil War Reconstruction period to experience freedom in the "promised land" of Kansas. Nicodemus represents the involvement of African Americans in the westward expansion and settlement of the Great Plains. It is the oldest and only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River.

District #1 Schoolhouse

Weather

Northwest Kansas has a four season climate typified by long, hot summers, cold winters, short spring and fall seasons, and nearly constant breeze. Humidity is relatively low compared to the eastern portion of the state. Afternoon thunderstorms with lightning, hail, and gusty winds frequently occur during the spring and summer. Tornados are possible but are less common in Kansas than they are in several other states. In the event of a tornado seek shelter immediately. Winter snow accumulation is usually l

Driving Directions

Nicodemus National Historic Site is located in northwestern Kansas on Highway 24 between Hill City and Stockton. More directions to Nicodemus.

Operating Hours

The visitor center is open year round for six (6) days of the week. We are closed on Sundays and federal holidays. The visitor center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year Day. Hours for the center are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm CST. Due to our small number of staff, the Visitor Center may be temporarily closed around the lunch hour—our staff will post the time you can expect for their return. Thank you for your understanding.

Monday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Sunday: Closed

Entrance Fees

Park Fee: There is no fee to Nicodemus National Historic Site.

Contact

Physical Address:
304 Washington Ave.
Nicodemus, KS 67625-3015

Mailing Address:
304 Washington Ave.
Nicodemus, KS 67625-3015

Phone Number: 7858394233

Oregon

National Historic Trail

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Imagine yourself an emigrant headed for Oregon: would promises of lush farmlands and a new beginning lure you to leave home and walk for weeks? More than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the Oregon National Historic Trail in six states-reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers.

A rock buttress with a notch in it surrounded by sagebrush flats.

Weather

Due to the length of the Oregon National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. The trail passes through seven states.

Driving Directions

More than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the Oregon National Historic Trail in six states-reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers. Please see our Directions page for more information on following the Oregon National Historic Trail across the United States. More directions to Oregon.

Operating Hours

The Oregon National Historic Trail is not a clearly marked hiking trail. Instead it is a corridor that passes through communities as well as wild areas and through different states and land ownership. Each location varies as to the hours of operation and access. Please check individual locations along the trail to plan your visit.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees vary site by site: There are no user or entry fees for the Oregon National Historic Trail. Fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Places To Go (http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm) for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state or our Links and Resources page for useful trip planning websites. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees.

Contact

Physical Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mailing Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone Number: 8017411012

Pony Express

National Historic Trail

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It is hard to believe that young men once rode horses to carry mail from Missouri to California in the unprecedented time of only 10 days. This relay system along the Pony Express National Historic Trail in eight states was the most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph.

A tall rock buttress with a cleft in the center sits behind a sagebrush covered valley.

Weather

Due to the length of the Pony Express National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. The trail passes through seven states.

Driving Directions

Young men once rode horses to carry mail from Missouri to California along the Pony Express National Historic Trail across eight states. Please see our Directions page for more information on following the Pony Express National Historic Trail across the United States. More directions to Pony Express.

Operating Hours

The Pony Express National Historic Trail is not a clearly marked hiking trail. Instead it is a route that passes through communities as well as wild areas and through different states and land ownership. Each location varies as to the hours of operation and access. Please check individual locations along the trail to plan your visit.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees vary site by site: There are no user or entry fees for the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Places To Go (http://www.nps.gov/poex/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm) for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state or our Links and Resources page for useful trip planning websites. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees.

Contact

Physical Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mailing Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone Number: 8017411012

Santa Fe

National Historic Trail

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You can almost hear the whoops and cries of "All's set!" as trail hands hitched their oxen to freight wagons carrying cargo between western Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Follow the Santa Fe National Historic Trail through five states and you'll find adventure and evidence of past travelers who made this remarkable trip before you!

street scene with two brick buildings, a white house, and seven cars under overcast skies

Weather

Due to the length of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. Here is a link for the Central US. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/forecast/regional-central-temps.htm

Driving Directions

You can visit many sites of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail over the 900-mile historic route. Please use the Places to Go and Maps web pages to access site-specific information. www.nps.gov/safe/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm Plane: You can reach the trail by flying into Kansas City, Jefferson City, and St. Louis, Missouri; Wichita, Topeka, Dodge City, Great Bend, and Garden City, Kansas; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, Colorado. More directions to Santa Fe.

Operating Hours

OPERATING HOURS VARY FROM SITE TO SITE. There are many historic sites, museums, and parks (federal, state, and local) along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail n Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, or Oklahoma for you to visit. Please contact individual sites for more information by going to Plan Your Visit and selecting Places To Go or Passport Program, where sites are listed by state, and there is an interactive map to search for sites. /www.nps.gov/safe/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

General Entrance Fee Information: There are NO USER OR ENTRY FEES fees for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. NOMINAL FEES may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Plan Your Visit / Places To Go for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees. http://www.nps.gov/safe/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

Contact

Mailing Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Physical Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone Number: 5059886098

Tallgrass Prairie

National Preserve

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Where's the tall grass? Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie takes its last stand.

fall wildflowers at the preserve

Weather

Typical weather for the preserve ranges from lows of zero in the winter and highs of 90 + degrees in the summer. Please check current weather conditions at NOAA before hiking into the preserve. Lightning poses a danger when hiking into the prairie.

Driving Directions

By Car: The preserve is located in northern Chase County, Kansas 2 miles north of intersection U.S. Hwy 50 and Flint Hills National Scenic Byway 177 (K-177) west of Strong City. Watch for brown attraction signs. 2 miles north of Strong City, KS on K-177 16 miles west of Emporia, KS on U.S. Hwy 50 and 2 miles north on K-177 17 miles south of Council Grove, KS on K-177 85 miles northeast of Wichita on I-35, U.S. Hwy 50, and K-177 60 miles southwest of Topeka on I-335 (Kansas Turnpike) to Em More directions to Tallgrass Prairie.

Operating Hours

Trails are open 24/7. Prescribed fire will close trails. Watch for signs. Visitor Center hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. May through October. Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. November through April

Monday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday: 8:30AM - 4:30AM

Entrance Fees

No entrance fee: All activities are free at the preserve.

Contact

Mailing Address:
2480B KS Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869

Physical Address:
2480B KS Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869

Phone Number: 6202738494