Old Stone Fort

At the intersection of Drovers Trail and Old Stone Fort Road you will find a little bit of Flint Hill’s history.  Located on a small raise is an old stone fort and lower on the hill are a root cellar, the remains of stables and other stone out buildings. The stone fort is on private property but can easily be seen from the road.

I couldn’t find much information on the history of this property except this short section from the Business Directory and History of Wabaunsee County published in 1907 by The Kansas Directory Company of Topeka, Kansas page 104. 

“There is an old landmark not far from Altavista, in the shape of a stone fort, built on the farm of August Wolgast in 1864 in anticipation of a raid from the Kaw reservation. Sixty-four was a very anxious time on the border. The Kiowas and Cheyennes were on the warpath and the restlessness of the Kaws caused much apprehension among the whites. In the same year the settlers of Harveyville “hid out” in the cornfields for fear of an Indian outbreak. However, the Kaws stayed at home and the strong stone fort was not needed. It is quite a curiosity today.”

The business directory also mentions the stone fort being used as a school, “District No. 10, used the stone fort built in 1864 on the farm of August Wolgast.”

I often find myself pondering what life was like for those early settlers that traveled to Kansas and homesteaded.  And what  fear these neighboring families were facing to spend the time and energy to build a fort for protection against an attack. 

Old Stone Fort

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One Response to Old Stone Fort

  1. KEN GNADT says:

    WE NEED GREG HOOTS AND DAN WAGNER TO DO MORE RESEARCH ON THIS OLD FORT AND THEN HAVE IT PROPERLY MARKED. BOTH MEN INVOLVED WITH THE WABAUNSEE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. WALTER LIETZ, ORGINALLY FROM PAXICO INTERESTED TO SEE THIS SITE MARKED.
    THANKS SO MUCH KEN GNADT

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