Northwest Kansas Invites You

12/26/2010 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Northwest Kansas offers a wide array of enjoyable and interesting things to see and do. While you’re there, we invite you to consider Mid-America Camp Inn (Goodland) and High Plains Camping (Oakley) for your camp site.

 
Here is a lengthy list of some highlights you can enjoy while in the area. As places strike  your fancy, please go to the state’s tourism site for more details so you can easily create your travel plans.

Happy Trip Planning!

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Here are some examples of what you’ll find in Northwest Kansas, listed in no particular order.

Oberlin – Decatur County Last Indian Raid Museum – Museum has very impressive collection with 14 buildings representing prairie life. 

Oberlin  – Decatur County Antique Guild District – Antique Crossroads of America.

Gorham – Dickinson Ranch – Tour this historic ranch located in the scenic Saline River Valley.

Goodland – Architectural Walking Tour – Self-guided tour of historic homes.

Scott City area – Battle Canyon – Site of the last Indian battle with the U.S. Cavalry in Kansas, 1878.

Kirwin – Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge – Refuge consist of 10,778 acres, located in North Central Kansas.

Wilcox School (WaKeeney)

WaKeeney  – Wilcox School – The Wilcox School-District 29- is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

Ellis – Cedar Bluff Reservoir, State Park, and Wildlife Area – Over 14,000 acres of water and wildlife area make the Cedar Bluff State Park an excellent base camp for hunters, anglers and year-round explorers.

Norton – Keith Sebelius Reservoir, Prairie Dog State Park, Norton Wildlife Area – This 1,000-acre state park is located on the north shore of Keith Sebelius Reservoir.

WaKeeney – Smoky Valley Scenic Byway – Explore the Smoky Hill River Valley-wildflowers, windmills, limestone bluffs & wonders of the past.

Scott City – Steele Homestead Museum – Displays the furnishings and tools of Herbert Steele.

Stockton – Webster Reservoir, State Park, and Wildlife Area – In the Solomon River Valley, the park offers a prairie setting of rolling hills and spacious skies. In a beautiful prairie setting, there is ample opportunity for outdoor recreation.

St. Francis – Arikaree Breaks – A self-guided driving tour of the Arikaree Breaks – A self-guided driving tour of the Mini-Grand Canyon of the High Plains, the “Breaks” are a marked contrast to the plains generally associated with the area.

Atwood – Beaver Creek Audio Car Tour – Enjoy the beautiful area and wildlife along Beaver Creek while learning the history of the area.

Brewster – Beaver Creek Scenic Drive – 60-mile scenic drive along the Beaver Creek between the Minor Family Sod House and Atwood, Kansas.

Hays – Buffalo Herd – This herd of buffalo is a remnant of the vast herds which once roamed the Great Plains of North America.

Castle Rock – A chalk pinnacle rising from the prairie. Voted one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.

Bazine – Christ Pilot Me Hill – A beautiful setting on the side of a hill “Christ Pilot Me” placed in limestone.

Cimarron – Cimarron Crossing Park – Historical marker tells about the Cimarron route of the Santa Fe Trail.

Cimarron – Kansas Wheat House, Inc. – Food manufacturer of wheat products, i.e., cow patties, flip’n flapjacks, and wheat nubs.

Goodland – Ennis-Handy 1907 Victorian House – Historical house.

Goodland – Kidder Massacre Site – Site of 1867 military/Indian battle. Two years after the Civil War ended, war came to Sherman County.

Sunflower painting in Goodland

Goodland – Giant Van Gogh Painting-Big Easel Project – Giant Van Gogh Sunflower reproduction painting on an 80-foot easel.

Goodland – America’s first patented helicopter was built in 1909.

Hays – Hays Aquatic Park – Historic WPA bathhouse, 8-lane pool, lazy river, plunge pool and zero-entry leisure pool.

Ogallah – Hooves of Heaven – From riding lessons to trail rides to personalized Equine Experiential Learning (EEL) sessions.

Weskan – Mount Sunflower – Highest Point in Kansas. Where the prairie and the sky meet your eye.

Bogue – Nicodemus Livery Company and Wagon Tours – Horse drawn wagon tours around historic Nicodemus National Historic Site.

Hays – Bar-B-Tack – Shop on the ranch at this unique store for western attire, tack, and supplies.

Hays – Blue Sky Miniature Show Horse Farm – Learn about these award winning Arabian type miniature show horses that are 26″-34” tall.

Hill City – Davis Farm – 6,000 acres of land for lease for private hunting of deer, pheasant, turkey, and quail.

Hays – Fairview Farms Alpacas – Family alpaca farm provides tours and information about these interesting animals.

Fairview Farms Alpacas - Hays

Hays – Lazy H Ranch – A top breeding ranch for purebred Angus and Charolais cattle. Free guided tours by appointment.

Brewster – Minor Family Sod House and Bed & Breakfast – Surrounded by wildlife and domestic farm animals. Hunting available.

Hill City – Buffalo Herd – This is a rare opportunity to view buffalo on the open range.

Logan – Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum – Kansas artists’ work and fabulous traveling exhibitions.

McCracken – McCracken 1901 Post Rock City Jail Museum – 1901 Post Rock McCracken City Jail with original iron cells, Paper Moon movie, Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Trail, and homesteaders.

Ellis – Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home & Museum – Founder of Chrysler Corporation historical collection. 

Chrysler's Boyhood Home (Ellis)

Stockton – Frank Walker Museum – The museum features a vast doll collection, medical items, farm equipment, and school items.

LaCrosse – Kansas Barbed Wire Museum – The museum exhibits over 2,000 varieties of barbed wire and over 500 varieties of tools used in the construction of fences.

LaCrosse – Nekoma Bank Museum – Museum tells the story of 20th century rural banking in western Kansas.

Hill City – Exhibit of oil drilling and production.

LaCrosse – Post Rock Museum – Displays relating to post rock for fencing and building materials. Rock quarry diorama.

 

WaKeeney – Trego County Historical Society Museum and one-room schoolhouse with thousands of area artifacts.

Ellis – Ellis Railroad Museum & Doll Display – Railroad history, model layouts, miniature train ride, 1650-piece doll display, and gift shop.
 
Hays – Fort Hays State Historic Site – Military outpost established in 1865. with original blockhouse, guardhouse, and officers quarters.

Norton – Adobe House – Earthen walled structure in original location.

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Keystone Gallery
Kansas fossil museum, 24’ prehistoric sea mural, art gallery, cool rock shop, guided fossil hunts.

Keystone Gallery combines many different venues under one roof. The museum section contains an extensive, scientific collection of local Kansas fossils including a 20-foot Mosasaur and 14-foot Xiphactinus. Many other fish, turtle and bird fossil specimens are also on display.

A colorful mural depicting the ancient Niobrara seaway accompanies our fossil display and was painted by local artist (and co-owner) Charles Bonner. His other paintings adorn the walls of the gallery.

Their gift shop not only has Monument Rocks souvenirs, but U.S. and international fossils, minerals and other items not usually found in this region—it’s a collector’s delight.

The gallery is surrounded by a herd of 400 buffalo that are sometimes nearby or can be spotted in the distance, within our panoramic view of the Smoky Hill River valley.

In addition, they offer guided fossil tours.

401 US 83 26 miles S of Oakley on US 83 Scott City, KS 67871 Phone: (620) 872-2762

Monument Rocks National Landmark

Photo by E Ogle, used with permission

Travel Trailer at Monument Rocks in NW Kansas (photo by E Ogle)

Kansas’ first national natural monument. Cretaceous chalk formations.

Cretaceous chalk formations, Chalk Rock Towers, Butterfield Trail marker. No services available. South of Oakley off of US-83, on a gravel road.

(Blogger’s Comment: Great place for sunset photography. About 30 minutes from Oakley. Exceptional place, as long as it hasn’t been raining.)

Fick Fossil and History Museum
Cretaceous fossils, folk-art, sod house, 1886 replica depot, photos and history.

Museum focuses on local fossils and local history and has items of interest for all ages. See an extensive historic photo display, Mrs. Fick’s creative artwork with fossils and other mediums, fossils, railroad artifacts, the Prather Creamery, General Store, Military display, farm wagon and depression glass. Read about the story of the German family massacre which occurred near Russell Springs, Kansas. Please call to schedule a tour. Families welcome and there’s an area for small children to enjoy. New in 2008, exhibit featuring stations along the Smokyhill Trail and Butterfield Overland Despatch route.

700 W 3rd Oakley, KS 67748 Phone: (785) 672-4839

Buffalo Bill Bronze Sculpture
Larger than life-size bronze sculpture of Buffalo Bill on his horse Brigham, in pursuit of a buffalo.

Did you know that world famous Buffalo Bill Cody earned the legendary title “Buffalo Bill” in this part of the country? The legendary contest between himself and William “Bill” Comstock took place just 10 miles west of Oakley. We are celebrating the “Birthplace of the Legend” in Logan County, Kansas. Come see the bronze sculpture of Buffalo Bill. It stands 16 feet tall and weighs 9,000 pounds. You are welcome to visit the Buffalo Bill Cabin from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Wild West Historical Foundation, Inc. US Hwy 83 & 2nd Street Oakley, KS 67748 Phone: (785) 672-4285

Spirit of the American Dough Boy Memorial
Honoring Logan County’s Dough Boys from World War I. Logan County honored its Dough Boy troops of World War I with this memorial statue. See it in the park to the south of the city building. One of three in the state of Kansas.

126 E 2nd City Park, City Building Oakley, KS 67748 Phone: (785) 672-4862

Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site
Visit this 1880s English ranch house and outbuildings. Walk the grounds of this relatively unchanged rural ranch and take in the austere beauty of the South Solomon River traversing the High Plains. Constructed from 1885 to 1896 by John Fenton Pratt, Cottonwood Ranch incorporates architectural elements from his English homeland. Explore the ranch where the Pratt family flourished and John Fenton became a successful sheep rancher and businessman.

US 24, RR 1 Box 57M Studley, KS 67740 Phone: (785) 627-5866

Fort Wallace Museum
Newly remodeled. 7-ft tall barb-wire statue. Conestoga wagon, soldiers journals, and more. Many fort era artifacts. Fort cemetery, Custers 7th Cavalry Cenotaph. Newly remodeled. Rest area for highway visitors.

Hwy 40 Wallace, KS 67761 Phone: (785) 891-3564

Butterfield Trail Museum
Two story renaissance-style structure of brick and stone with mansard roof.

515 Hilts Russell Springs, KS 67764 Phone: (785) 751-4242

Cooper Barn at Museum Complex
Biggest barn in Kansas contains antique agricultural implements and photos. Kansas’s biggest barn measuring 114′x66′x48′has been voted one of the 8 Architectural Wonders of Kansas. The lower level contains photos, antique implements and memorabilia depicting last 100 years of agriculture. Cavernous upper level is always open to visitors.

1905 S Franklin Colby, KS 67701 Phone: (785) 460-4590

Garden of Honor
A tribute to our local service men and women. This memorial honors our local service men and women. There is a separate monument for each branch of the service, and a memorial dedicated to the late Kansas Senator Stan Clark (Oakley).

700 W 3rd Bertrand Park Oakley, KS 67748  (located behind Fick Fossil & History Museum)

Grainfield Opera House
Historic 1887 theatre and general store under renovation.

3rd and Main Grainfield, KS 67737 Phone: (785) 673-4744

Pioneer Statue
Pioneer statue ‘Spirit of the Prairie’” by Charles Norton given to the County by citizens for Thomas County’s Centennial on Courthouse lawn.

300 N Court Colby, KS 67701 Phone: (785) 460-7643

Prairie Dog Town
King-sized petting zoo. Buffalo, rattlesnakes, badgers, coyotes, and fox. Kansas souvenirs. World’s largest prairie dog. (Blogger’s Comment: This is across Highway 83 from the RV park.)

457 US 83 Oakley, KS 67748 Phone: (785) 672-3100

El Quartelejo Museum / Jerry Thomas Art Gallery
Fossils, El Quartelejo pueblo replica, 1878 Indian/Cavalry battle, western & wildlife artwork.

Museum with exhibits focusing on fossils, Pueblo history, an Indian camp, a sod home, farming and the feedlot industry. Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collections is nationally known for his wildlife and historical Indian and Western art. Will be opening in summer of 2009.

902 W. Hwy 96 Scott City, KS 67871 Phone: (620) 872-5912

Czech Memorial Museum
Pioneer/Czech immigrant displays, cemetery records, war memorabilia, and newspaper records to 1886. Genealogy gold mine.

114 S Kansas Ave Jennings, KS 67643 Phone: (785) 678-2470

We hope we have helped you plan a fun trip to northwest Kansas.

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