Fort Downer

(1867 – 1868), south of WaKeeney
A fortified stage station, aka Downer’s Station, located south of town on Downer Creek. It was burned by Indians in 1867, but was not formally abandoned as a military post until the next summer. Cellar holes and a ruined stone wall still remain on private property

Downer’s Station on the trail was named for him; this was later fortified as Fort Downer for protection against Indian attacks on the trail in 1867 and 1868.

Downer’s Station looking West
April 17, 1867
Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society
Indian Attack by Frederic Remington