The many uses for Fort Scott in Kansas

Trip Start Mar 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 11, 2012

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 11 - by Katelyn

Today we went shopping for fly fishing poles

Today I woke up while dad was driving. Then, we stopped at Wal-Mart to get some supplies.  After that, we went to Cabela's because we were going to get some fly fishing supplies.  We ended up being in Cabela’s for about 3 hours because dad was talking to this guy for a really long time and the guy was helping dad out.  After we went to Cabela’s we ate lunch/dinner at a Chilies.  I got a grilled cheese and a salad.  Then, we went on a 3 hour drive to a state park in Kansas.

July 12 - by Katelyn

Today we went swimming and fishing

The first thing that we did today was ride around the campsite to check out a few places.  At one of the places, dad got a fishing permit so that we could go fishing later today.  Then, we went to a part of the lake we could go swimming.  There, I bounced on a lane marker and I played with Madison on the raft.  When we were swimming, Madison pushed me, and made me lose my goggles that were never seen by me again.  Then, we went back to the RV and got ready to go fishing.  After Emma caught two fish, she caught another one that had its hook in its stomach. After I saw that I cried for the fish and decided that I was not going to go fishing anymore.  Then we ate dinner and went to bed.

July 13 - by Katelyn

Today we went to Fort Scott

Today we went to Fort Scott, which was our last stop in Kansas.   Fort Scott was used for many different reasons, and at many different times.  The first reason this fort was used was as a barrier for the Native Americans, keeping them west.  The people that were maintaining the fort at this time wanted to keep the Native Americans west because at the time, the American Colonists were living on the east coast.  When the Westward expansion started, this became a problem because now all the Native Americans were out west and they ran into trouble when they were with them.  After that the people that lived in the fort sold the houses to some people who would start creating a town.  Then, the town people let the army rent the houses for use during the civil war.  Right before the Civil War, Kansas was having a little bit of a problem because all of the confederate states wanted Kansas to become a confederate state, but the Union states wanted Kansas to be a union state.   Kansas decided to become a union state out of votes.  The confederate states were really mad about this, so they started killing a lot of the people that wanted Kansas to be a Union State and there was a lot of bloodshed.  That is why people call Kansas bleeding Kansas.  One funny thing that I learned while I was in the Forts bedroom was that two men had to sleep in a bed, and they had to sleep in opposite directions so the men had stinky foot buddies right next to them while they slept!  My favorite building of this house was the mess hall, because it was very empty and warm during the rainstorm that occurred while we were here.  My least favorite room was a storage room.  I did not like this room because it was very dark and cold.  After we went to this fort, we drove into Missouri and went to our campsite.
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