Fort Riley is a United States Army installation located in Northeast Kansas, on the Kansas River, between Junction City and Manhattan. The Fort Riley Military Reservation covers 100,656 acres (407 km²) in Geary and Riley counties and includes two census-designated places: Fort Riley North and Fort Riley-Camp Whitside. The fort has a daytime population of nearly 25,000. The zip code is 66442.
Fort Riley is named in honor of Major General Bennett C. Riley who led the first military escort along the Santa Fe Trail. The fort was established in 1853 as a military post to protect the movement of people and trade over the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe trails. In the years after the Civil War, Fort Riley served as a major United States Cavalry post and school for cavalry tactics and practice. The post was a base for skirmishes with Native Americans after the Civil War ended in 1865, during which time George Custer was stationed at the fort.
Later, Fort Riley became the site of the United States Cavalry School in 1887. The famous all-black 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments, the soldiers of which were called 'Buffalo Soldiers', were stationed at Fort Riley at various times in the 19th and early 20th centuries. During World War I, the fort was home to 50,000 soldiers, and it is sometimes identified as ground zero for the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which its soldiers were said to have spread all over the world. Since the end of World War II, various infantry divisions have been assigned there. Most notably, the post was home to the famed Big Red One from 1955-1996. Between 1999 and 2006, the post was headquarters to the 24th Infantry Division and known as 'America's Warfighting Center'. In August 2006, the Big Red One relocated its headquarters to Fort Riley from Leighton Barracks, Germany.
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Fort Riley is located in northeastern Kansas, about 70 miles west of Topeka and about 6 miles north of Junction City. On-post temporary lodging at Fort Riley is in Building 6956, Waters and Bacon Halls, and Will Hall. The closest off-post hotels and motels are 3 to 5 miles southwest of Fort Riley in Junction City. But never fear, dear traveller: Fort Riley accommodation won’t break the bank. With Wotif bringing you the best deals in travel, you can book accommodation near Fort Riley without blowing your budget, and the money you'll save by snagging that central location at a cheap rate will pay you back in spades. Explore the neighbourhood. Looking for hotels near Fort Riley Military Base in (Junction City, KS? Find last minute hotel deals on 4-star hotels at 2-star prices!
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