Fort Riley

Only eight miles west of Manhattan on K-18 is the Home of the Big Red One - Fort Riley. Founded in 1852, the Fort Riley Army post was originally established to protect settlers on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Many legendary and historic characters have been associated with Fort Riley over the past century including:
  • General Lewis Armistead
  • Buffalo Bill Cody
  • General George Armstrong Custer
  • Wild Bill Hickok
  • General George S. Patton
Today, Fort Riley is home to the First Infantry Division. The reservation covers more than 101,000 acres, spanning both Riley and Geary counties. Many historic points of interest on post are open to the public.

Custer House

Custer House


Guides welcome you to the beautifully restored Custer House. Built of native limestone in 1854, during the initial building phase at Fort Riley, these quarters stand as the only set of surviving officers' quarters from the fort's early history. Custer House is also representative of frontier life on the Kansas prairie (House open mid-May to end of September):
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
  • Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
Custer House located in Building 24 on Sheridan Avenue (785-239-2737).

Accessing Fort Riley


If you do not have a military/civilian ID for accessing Fort Riley, you must first stop at the Henry Gate at Marshall Field, to secure a visitors pass. You must have the following:
  • Photo identification
  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Vehicle registration
Fort Riley information (785-239-3911), Fort Riley Public Affairs (785-239-3358/785-239-2022), Fort Riley website.