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Visit Fort Scott on June 24 with 50 Plus Day Trip
POSTED: 05/28/2014
Get ready for a day of discovery in the historic town of Fort Scott during a late June day trip planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Great Fort Scott is the name of this trip. Participants will start at the Fort Scott National Historic Site for a "highlights of history" guided tour. Learn about this frontier fort first established in 1842 and discover the soldiers' roles over the years. Then take a driving tour of the area with step-on guide Don Miller, coauthor of "Historic Reflections of Bourbon County. Stop by the 1861 National Cemetery for a presentation by historian Arnold Schofield. Enjoy lunch and a tour at the Lyons Twin Mansions, then head to the Gordon Parks Museum to learn about this Fort Scott native, poet, filmmaker, and the first African American photographer for Life Magazine. The final stop of this tour will be the Lowell Milken Center to see an enlightening student performance of the award-winning unsung hero project.

To find this trip in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 5 p.m. The cost is $75 per person and includes lunch.

While JCPRD's 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District's Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at

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