Fort Larned National Historic Site is a complete and authentic frontier army post from the Indian Wars era of the 1860s-1870s. Ir was one of a series of military posts set up for Santa Fe Trail protection and escort duty for mail stages and wagon trains. They called it "Guardian of the Santa Fe Trail." There were no walls surrounding it. (I read why but don't remember now. If you're interested, check it out and let me know.)
This is an interesting stretcher, but I don't quite get the hood. As windy as it is in southwestern Kansas, I'd think that if you put it up to protect the poor soldier from the rain, the wind would catch it and he'd go flying like Mary Poppins.
Many of the sandstone blocks used to build the fort have names and dates carved into them. Since the soldiers could get into big trouble defacing government property, there aren't many from that period. But lots of visitors to the area while it was a ranch left their marks. People must have been crawling all over the place because almost every chunk of rock front, sides and back of the buildings belongs to someone.
While we were in the neighborhood, we drove a few miles down the road to the Santa Fe Trail Center. I expected it to be a history of the Santa Fe Trail. Mostly it wasn't. Mostly it was a history of the area with a bit about the Trail in the corner. Nice place if you're into antiques.
I did like the sod house they've built out back (and one really cool windmill!). It would have been bad enough living in a house with a dirt floor--but to have the walls and roof made of dirt blocks too? Ugh!