Fort Scott, Kansas is located in Southeast Kansas, Fort Scott has long been known as a place where the American Dream continues to prosper. As the county seat of Bourbon County and the home of the Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott has a rich history, but the community is proud of its current accomplishments and strives to make the future of Fort Scott even more remarkable.
Fort Scott could easily have been the inspiration for artist Norman Rockwell. The small-town atmosphere created by the nearly 9,000 citizens of Fort Scott is enhanced by its traditional mid-western values, heartland hospitality and a terrific work ethic. The work ethic is rewarded by a vibrant economy based on the service industries that include insurance, printing, technology, medical and manufacturing of aluminum products and garments. The recent addition of a 200-acre industrial park located just south of the city has attracted new businesses to its fully-developed sites which are served by US Highway 69 and US Highway 54. Of course, Fort Scott’s local small business community offers a variety of products and services for residents and visitors, helping to make Fort Scott an amazing place to work or operate a business.
The trained workforce of Fort Scott benefits from the fantastic education provided by Bourbon County’s school districts. Fort Scott USD-234 and the school district of Uniontown, Kansas, USD-235. With curricula focused on science, technology and mathematics, students can challenge themselves in both technology and college preparatory programs. Additionally, the Fort Scott Community College offers a wide array of traditional educational programs as well as specialized training targeted specifically for niche markets, including: Harley Davidson Motorcycle Service Technology, Heating & Air, John Deere Tech Program, Nursing, and Truck Driving to name a few. In 2008, Fort Scott Community College completed the construction of the 4300-square foot Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center. Within the Fine Arts Center there is a 600+ seat Auditorium, box office, lobby, reception/meeting rooms, classrooms, restrooms, and a warming kitchen. The Fine Arts Center plays host to Fort Scott Community College graduations, theatrical performances, town hall meetings, and is available for private use as well.
It’s not all work and no play for Fort Scott, who has cultivated a community atmosphere that celebrates the families and its own rich heritage. Fort Scott’s friendly residents were recently identified as one the “8 Wonders of Bourbon County,” and further exploration reveals just some of the reasons. Filled with active civic organizations and volunteer clubs, the people of Fort Scott work tirelessly to improve their community. In fact, Fort Scott worked to break three Guinness World Records in 2008—not just for the notoriety—but to raise funds for the Ellis Park on the east side of the city, in an event called “Pennies for the Park” sponsored by the Youth Activities Team (YAT). YAT also partnered with Adam (Professional Baseball Player, Fort Scott Native) and Jennifer LaRoche for the “Rockin’ and Ropin” event this fall. The event included a Rodeo at Fort Scott Community College and a live concert performance by country singer Jason Aldean.
While history and heritage create much of the culture of Fort Scott, the city offers a variety of ways to appreciate the arts for adults and children. Volunteer musicians in the Fort Scott Civic Symphony present three concerts annually and the two concerts a year performed by the volunteers in the Community Chorus are well-attended. During the summer months, Fort Scott residents enjoy spending time in downtown Heritage Park to enjoy the Friday Night Concert Series and throughout the year, various music concerts at The Liberty Theater attract rock and roll, jazz and blues aficionados. The Fort Scott Jamboree has live country music performances every Saturday night at Memorial Hall. Fort Scott residents also enjoy the classic children products performed by the youth at the Children’s Theatre Annual Production and the incredible arts gathered for the Bourbon County Arts Council’s Annual Art Competition, too. Fort Scott hosts a large collection of legendary filmmaker, photographer, and poet Gordon Parks. Mr. Park’s was born and is buried in Fort Scott. His most famous works include the film Shaft and poems/photographs published in Life and Vogue. Many of his poems and photographs are on display throughout Fort Scott including the Gordon Parks Center at the Fort Scott Community College and in the lobby and halls of Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott.
Living in Fort Scott is an increasingly attractive option for those seeking the best in life—a vibrant business economy, great schools, cultural attractions, a cost of living that is nearly 37 % less than the U.S. average and a warm community. The Fort Scott real estate market easily matches the amenities of living in Fort Scott, providing residents with many options to choose from. No matter what type of home you are looking for in Fort Scott, Jared Leek and the staff of Front Door Real Estate, Inc. will help you find exactly what you want in your next Fort Scott home.
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