Fort Leavenworth Relocation Information
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Welcome to Fort Leavenworth!
Fort Leavenworth has been in operation for over 170 years, making it the oldest active U.S. Army post west of the Mississippi River. Fort Leavenworth is historically known as the "Intellectual Center of the Army" and is home to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center.
The Command and General Staff College (CGSC) educates, trains, and develops leaders for Unified Land Operations in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational operational environment. Fort Leavenworth also accommodates the Department of Defense's United States Disciplinary Barracks, a federal penitentiary.
Similar to neighboring military installations in the area, Fort Leavenworth is tied to the American westward expansion during the 1800s. Fort Leavenworth was primarily established as a depot to protect travelers on the Santa Fe Trail and to maintain peace between settlers and Native Americans. General Henry Leavenworth, a veteran of the War of 1812, is credited with establishing the fort in 1827.
Buffalo Soldier Monument
Fort Leavenworth contributed to the Civil War efforts while preparing to defend against Confederate forces. After the war ended in 1866, four African-American regiments were formed under the 10th Cavalry. Colonel Benjamin Grierso commanded the group who are better known today as the Buffalo Soldiers.
The first iteration of the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) was erected in 1875 and housed inmates until 2002 when a new compound was built.
Today’s infantry men and women have a lineage that begins at Fort Leavenworth via General William T. Sherman in 1881 when he created the School of Application for Cavalry and Infantry. Graduates include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, and George S. Patton. In 1946, the program’s name was changed to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the tradition of command education continues today.
Aerial view of Fort Leavenworth
Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Leavenworth
1) Is Fort Leavenworth in Kansas or Missouri?
Fort Leavenworth is located on the Missouri River, in the state of Kansas.
2) How far is Fort Leavenworth from Kansas City, Missouri?
There are 34 miles between Fort Leavenworth and Kansas City, which is about a 45 minute to an hour drive time.
3) Can you visit Fort Leavenworth?
Fort Leavenworth is a historical landmark. Visitors can view the national cemetery, museum, and many historic sites. Connect with the Fort Leavenworth Visitor Information page for more details.
4) Does Fort Leavenworth still house prisoners?
The United States Disciplinary Barracks on Fort Leavenworth is a U.S. federal penitentiary managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It houses approximately 1,600 prisoners. Some of the more infamous inmates have included "Machine Gun Kelly", Anthony "Tony Ducks" Corallo, Tom Pendergast, Carl Panzram, George Moran, John Franzese, Robert Stroud the "Bird Man of Alcatraz", James Earl Ray, James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger Jr., and Michael Vick.
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Base Location and Information
Official Site: Fort Leavenworth
Fort Leavenworth officials and legions of fans boast that it is “The Best Hometown in the Army.” The scenic location and historic significance of Fort Leavenworth provide plenty of downtime recreation for the students and their families who typically only stay on for a 12-month cycle.
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Fort Leavenworth has impressive views of the Missouri River and sits on the border between Kansas and Missouri. The surrounding towns, especially Leavenworth, are military friendly and there’s a strong camaraderie between the residents and the military families who cycle through the school. Other nearby towns include Lansing, Shawnee and Basehor, Kansas, and Weston and Platte city, Missouri.
Downtown Leavenworth, Kansas
Although many families live on base due to the short nature of the tour, all are happy with the affordability of the area, which is nearly 20% less than the U.S. average.
The base features historical sites, including the prestigious Buffalo Soldier monument in addition to an esteemed museum that showcases exhibits that look and feel similar to those found in museums located in much larger cities. Families also take advantage of an abundance of outdoor activities on base that includes walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas. Golf enthusiasts are pleased with the easily accessible 18-hole golf course.
Soldiers training at the Combined Arms Center, via defense.gov
About 20 minutes from Fort Leavenworth is a retail hub named Zona Rosa. It is an outlet mall that not only offers shopping but space for gatherings, restaurants, and various entertainment such as street fairs and farmers markets.
Kansas City, Missouri, is about a 45-minute drive and is the destination military families and single service members prefer for larger city amenities including expanded shopping in the Country Club Plaza, dining and nightlife in Westport, and professional sporting teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.
Fort Leavenworth offers on base lodging through IHG Army Hotels. To make reservations, visit the IHG Army Hotel site or call 1-877-711-TEAM.
Fort Leavenworth Housing
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Frontier Heritage Communities
220 Hancock Ave.
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
The Housing Services Office (HSO)
600 Thomas Avenue,
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
913 684-3052 / 5673
Frontier Heritage Communities operates the on base housing on Fort Leavenworth. Single-family and duplex style homes with three-, four-, and five-bedroom homes are available. Historic homes with original hardwood floors are options, as are modern homes with fenced yards and garage space. Frontier homes are pet-friendly, and the community offers a fitness center, parks, and a bowling alley.
Fort Leavenworth Off-Base Housing
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Small town vibes and friendly neighbors are two of the top qualities military families find in Leavenworth and Lansing. Both communities enjoy and actively support strong public schools. Leavenworth’s downtown offers quaint shopping and picturesque views from the riverwalk. The perimeter of the town is surrounded by large stretches of rolling wheat and sunflower fields.
Similar to Leavenworth, Lansing provides a quiet life with time to relax and enjoy a slower pace. Popular with retired military members, Lansing also has charming dining and shopping, but offers a quick route to expanded amenities options approaching Kansas City.
If Leavenworth and Lansing sound a bit sleepy, keep in mind that Kansas City is about a 45-minute drive away. Younger servicemembers often consider the newer collection of apartments near Zona Rosa on the way to Kansas City because they offer more dining and entertainment options to explore after work and on the weekends.
Fort Leavenworth Weather & Climate
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Fort Leavenworth experiences a variety of weather phenomena over a year. Summers are hot, muggy, and rainy. The winters are very cold and windy but collect less than 20 inches of snow. Temperatures typically stay between 22 and 89 degrees. The best time of year to get out and enjoy the scenery and warm weather activities is from late May to late September. Cold weather sports are best served by November through February.
Due to the possibility of dangerous weather, Fort Leavenworth has created a Tornado Preparedness Guide.
Fort Leavenworth Area Schools
Families who live on Fort Leavenworth and desire public schools attend the Fort Leavenworth Unified School District 207. This district educates kids K-Grade 9 in three elementary and one junior high school on base, while students in grades 10-12 head to Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth (USD 453).
Off base families typically attend the schools assigned to their address, with occasional exceptions. Do note that some families choose to live in Missouri to attend public schools. The following are frequently attended school districts near Fort Leavenworth. To help with your public school decision, check out Kansas School Report Cards and Missouri School Report Cards.
Missouri School Districts
Leavenworth Area Private Schools
Kansas homeschooling laws are detailed in the Kansas State Department of Education. Missouri does not regulate homeschooling activities, but offers guidance in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
A current list of local homeschool resources, groups, and points of contact are offered through the School Liaison Officer.
Support for Military and Families
Fort Leavenworth offers several opportunities for military families to take advantage of resources to further their education and increase their employment opportunities. Army Community Service is the hub of resources on base.
The Employment Readiness Program, Home Based Business guidance, and the Employment Resource Center are often utilized.
Fort Leavenworth Education Center is the connection to on base classrooms from the following colleges: Barton Community College, Upper Iowa University, Central Michigan University, Kansas State University, Webster University, and University of Kansas
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