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Cowley County

Doniphan County

  • Iowa and Sac & Fox Mission - Housed in an 1845 Presbyterian Mission, the Kansas State Historic Site features the historic emigration of the Great Lakes Indians who were forced into Kansas in the 1800's. Located one mile north of U.S. 36 and two miles east of Highland, Kansas. 785-442-3304.

Douglas County - Numerous - See HERE.

Ellis County

Finney County

  • Finney County Historical Museum - Focused on the preservation and interpretation of Finney County history, the museum features exhibits related to the settlement of the county. Visitors will find the 1890 Pleasant Valley One-Room Schoolhouse and the 1884 Fulton House with it's lovely gardens outside the museum. Located at 403 S. 4th, Finnup Park, Garden City, Kansas 67846, 620-272-3664.

Ford County

 

 

 

  • Cross - A 38 foot cross erected in memoriam of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his 1541 expedition. Located 1 miles east of Fort Dodge, Kansas on E. Hwy. 154/400.

  • Dodge City Front Street and Boot Hill MuseumBoot Hill Museum & Front Street - Reconstructed buildings depicting Dodge City in 1876 brings the old west to life, complete with gunfighters, Long Branch saloon girls and chuck wagon dinners. Admission fee. Front & Fifth Streets, Dodge City, Kansas  67801, 620-227-8188.

  • Depot Theater Company & Santa Fe Depot - Situated in the historic Santa Fe Depot, the theater company provides a state-of-the-art dinner theater, cutting-edge productions, cabarets, and more. Admission fee. 201 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd, Dodge City, Kansas 67801, 620-225-1001.

  • Fort Dodge - This frontier fort was built in 1865 on the Santa Fe Trail. It grew to be a 43,000 acre military post. After being abandoned by the U.S. Army in 1882, the fort was given to the State of Kansas for use as a soldiers home, which it is still used as today. The Fort Dodge Museum and Library are housed in an old stone warehouse which served as part of Fort Dodge. Located five miles east of Dodge City, Kansas on highway 400. 620-227-2151

  • Historic Trolley Tours - Climate controlled, one-hour, narrated tour of historic sites. Tour fee. Open summer only. 400 W. Wyatt Earp Boulevard, Dodge City, Kansas 67801, 620-225-8186.

  • Kansas Heritage Center - Featuring the history of Kansas, the Great Plains and the Old West, 1000 Second Ave, Dodge City, Kansas 67801, 620-227-1616.

  • Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame & Gunfighters Wax Museum - The Teachers Hall of Fame is dedicated to the early and present day teachers who have devoted their lives to this fine profession. No fee. The Gunfighters Wax Museum features life-size figures of famous western personalities like Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday, Calamity Jane, and more. Admission fee. 603 Fifth Ave, Dodge City, Kansas 67801, 620-225-7311.

  • Mueller-Schmidt House Museum - Built in 1881, the historic home has 22 inch limestone walls and still contains some original furnishings. Featured are the history of Dodge City pioneers including Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Charles Rath, Robert M. Wright, Ham Bell, George M. Hoover, and more. 112 E. Vine, Dodge City, Kansas 67801, 620-227-6791.

  • Santa Fe Trail Tracks - Tracks of the original wagon trail used by pioneers from 1821 to 1872 are located nine miles west of town. This site, which contains the largest continuous stretch of clearly defined tracks along the entire route of the Santa Fe Trail is located on Highway 50/400 -- watch for the "Historic Marker" signs. No admission fee. 620-227-8188

  • Walking/Driving Tour - Features 22 historic sites of Dodge City, 400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd, Dodge City, Kansas 67801, 620-225-8186

Geary County

  • Geary County Historical Museum  - Living history craft demonstrations, art exhibitions, reenactments, lectures and special programs are periodically presented at the museum. 530 N. Adams, Junction City, Kansas 66441, 785-238-1666

Grant County

  • Grant County Historic Adobe Museum - The Adobe Museum features historical artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of life on the High Plains. It includes
    High Plains Indian artifacts, Santa Fe Trail memorabilia, as well as artifacts from old and new Ulysses. Thee complex also includes the historic Hotel Edwards and a one-room schoolhouse. 300 East Highway 160, Ulysses, Kansas 67880, 620-356-3009.

  • Wagon Bed Spring in Grant County, Kansas Wagon Bed Spring - Located on the north bank of the Cimarron River about 11 miles south and 1/2 miles west of Ulysses, Kansas, the site depicts the way the spring looked in the Santa Fe Trail days. Many trail ruts can be seen in the area.

Greenwood County

Harvey County

  • Harvey County Historical Museum - The museum is dedicated to the preservation, display and interpretation of the history of Harvey County, Kansas. Housed inside the 1904 Carnegie Library, the museum features artifacts, records and other objects related to the history of Harvey County. The museum also operates the 1873 Kellas One-Room Schoolhouse and provide use of it free to public and private school groups. A research library is available for researchers. Located at 203 N. Main Street in Newton, Kansas.

Johnson County

  • Ensor Farmsite and Museum - A seasonal museum devoted to the teacher, craftsman and amateur radio operator, Marshal Ensor, who taught industrial arts in Olathe from 1915 to 1965. 18995 W. 183rd St., Olathe, Kansas, about four miles S of Olathe, one mile E of 169 Hwy, 

  • Gardner Historical Museum - Visiting the museum is like taking a step back into the past. Each room is filled with exhibits that highlight Gardner's early heritage. Local residents have donated and loaned hundreds of artifacts to the museum inventory. 204 W. Main Street, Gardner, Kansas  66030

  • Johnson County Museum - Featuring award-winning long-term and changing exhibitions as well as public and school education programs. A major feature of the museum is KidScape, a hands-on exhibit for kids ages 3-9. Designed to look like a suburban streetscape, KidScape immerses children into a colorful, exciting environment where they can learn about community through role-playing and meet some of Johnson County's most talented citizens - past and present! Also features the 1950s All-Electric House. 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, Kansas 66217, 913-715-2550.

  • Lanesfield School Historic Site - A tribute to rural schooling. It consists of a restored one-room schoolhouse, outbuildings and a visitor's center featuring an exhibit on Kansas'one-room schools called "Just Plain Simple: The One-Room School in Kansas." 187th & Dillie Rd., Edgerton, KS 66021, 913-893-6645
  • Legler Barn Museum - The mission of the Legler Barn Museum Complex is to preserve, collect, exhibit, research, and educate the public about the history of the region of Lenexa, Kansas from prehistoric times to the present. 14907 West 87th Street Parkway., Lenexa, Kansas 66215-4135, 913-492-0038. 

  • Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm  - The last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail, it offers a unique hands-on experience for visitors of all ages focusing on 1860s farming, stagecoach operations and westward expansion. 1100 Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061, 913-782-6972

  • Old Shawnee Town - Exploring the history Shawnee from the time it was inhabited by Indians to present day. Located at 11501 W. 57th Street in Shawnee, Kansas.

  • Shawnee Indian Mission - As white settlers satisfied a thirst for land, countless Native Americanss faced the end of a traditional way of life. Shawnee Mission was one of many missions established as a manual training school attended by boys and girls from Shawnee, Delaware, and other Indian nations from 1839 to 1862. The 12-acre National Historic Landmark also briefly served as the Kansas Territrial Capitol. 3403 W 53rd,
    Fairway Kansas 66205-2654 (Kansas City Metro area), 913-262-0867.

Kingman County

  • Kingman County Museum - Housed inside the 1888 Kingman City Building, the museum features historic artifacts and documents related to the history of Kingman County, Kansas. On an outside wall, visitors will find two Stan Herd murals. One depicting the flight of the first Cessna airplane and the other is a stagecoach in memory of the Cannonball Stage which ran through Kingman County at one time. Located at 400 N. Main Street in Kingman, Kansas.

  • Santa Fe Depot - Built 1910-1911, it has been restored and today houses the Cannonball Welcome Center and a railroad museum. Located at 201 E. Sherman in Kingman, Kansas.

 

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