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The city of Leavenworth offers a friendly small town environment and a full range of services to compliment your immediate needs when arriving in the area and throughout your stay at Fort Leavenworth.  Leavenworth became nationally known in the mid-19th century as the jumping-off point for the opening of the West. Buffalo Bill Cody spent part of his youth here and later worked in the area as a Pony Express rider and Army scout. Another area landmark is Leavenworth's U.S. Penitentiary which dates from 1906. It took more than 11 years to construct the penitentiary. Two special appeals of Leavenworth are its excellent public library and the Riverfront Community Center, with its Olympic size pool and indoor track.  There is a small shopping mall, in addition to the downtown shopping area.  Cities in the local area include:  Lansing, Atchison, and Kansas City, KS; Platte City, Parkville, Weston and St. Joseph, MO.    Leavenworth and Lansing are located in Leavenworth County, Kansas.  The combined population of Leavenworth, Lansing and Fort Leavenworth County is approximately 51,000.  Leavenworth County has a population of approximately 72,000.

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