Attractions

A Banana Tree in Kansas?
Crawford County

A Banana Tree in Kansas?

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg State University Campus, Pittsburg, KS

A banana tree in Kansas? When your college mascot is a gorilla it stands to reason that a banana tree should be nearby. Enjoy a stroll through this beautiful campus to look for the trees, although they are set out only in warmer months. How will you know when you find a banana tree? It has bananas on it!

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Arma Mural
Crawford County

Arma Mural

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 604 E. Washington, Arma, KS NA

In 2009 local artist Gary Lofts and his wife, Susan, spearheaded a campaign to paint a large mural on the side of a 1907 downtown building honoring the town’s centennial. It’s a beauty and depicts the town’s history including scenes of a miner, railroad and depot, a church, a Model T, and the former school bulldog mascot.

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Arma Veterans Memorial
Crawford County

Arma Veterans Memorial

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours N. 5th St and E. Washington St., Arma, KS

Built shortly after WWII, this memorial now honors local veterans who served in all wars. Flags representing four branches of the military fly in front of the memorial. Arma’s V-J Day homecoming has been celebrated annually since 1946.

ArtForms Co-op Art Gallery
Crawford County

ArtForms Co-op Art Gallery

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 620.240.0165

Take in this opportunity to visit a cooperative art gallery featuring local artists. They've gotten into the Big Kansas Road Trip theme with a new exhibit named "Kansas Road Trip." Support the arts! Thu-Fr 12-6 pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm.

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Battle of Baxter Springs
Cherokee County

Battle of Baxter Springs

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 198 E. 6th, Baxter Springs, KS

Also known as the Baxter Springs Massacre, on October 6, 1863, William Quantrill’s Confederate guerillas attacked Fort Blair in Baxter Springs. Soldiers at the fort fought off the attackers with the help of a Howitzer, but on leaving Fort Blair, the guerrillas came upon a Union wagon train led by General James Blunt. The Confederates, greatly outnumbering the Union forces, tragically massacred most of Blunt’s command. A replica of the earth and log Fort Blair is at this site, and a kiosk provides information.

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Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum
Cherokee County

Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 740 East Ave., Baxter Springs, KS 620.856.2385

Route 66, lead and zinc mining, Civil War battles, the Osage Indian tribe, and Mickey Mantle—you’ll find excellent interpretations of these and more historic events and people inside this 20,000-square-foot museum. One of the most unique displays is the world’s longest (1,100 feet) hand-carved wooden chain, carved from 1981 to 1994 byJames Porter. Porter and his chain made an appearance on The Tonight Show in 1989. Continue your search for history by picking up walking/driving tour brochures—for Civil War and historic sites and for downtown historic buildings.

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Baxter Springs Veterans Memorial
Cherokee County

Baxter Springs Veterans Memorial

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1238 Park Ave., Baxter Springs, KS

This impressive veterans memorial at W. 13th and Park Avenue honors local veterans and the memory of all American veterans. Images of military action are superimposed on four large free-standing granite stones that represent each branch of the military.

Big Brutus
Cherokee County

Big Brutus

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 9:00am to 4:00pm 6509 NW 60th St, West Mineral, KS 620.827.6177

From K-7, 6 miles west on K-102 (becomes Scammon), then ½ mile west on NW 60. No name other than Big Brutus would befit this gigantic, massive, and enormous electric coal shovel. You can see this big guy long before you get there—like a multistory building plopped onto a rural landscape. And this thing actually moved! Big Brutus in action rumbled along at .22 mph (that’s less than a quarter mile per hour) and removed the overburden (soil and rocks covering the coal seam) before smaller shovels came in and dug out the coal. One of the two largest electric coal shovels in the world still assembled, Big Brutus ran 24 hours a day from 1963 until 1974. For the full impact of this machine and the area’s stripmining history, start your tour in the visitor center museum to see displays, photos, and an informative video. You’re welcome to walk up to Big Brutus and stand in its bucket. You may also climb up five stories to the “belly” of this big boy and sit in the control seat. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a winner in the 8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce contest sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Admission charge.

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Black Dog Trail Marker
Cherokee County

Black Dog Trail Marker

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 740 East Ave., Baxter Springs, KS NA

Chief Black Dog wasborn around 1780 and for a timehis migratory tribe’s base campwas near present Coffeyville. In 1803 his Osages blazed what is now known as the Black Dog Trail, a 200-mile passage from present Baxter Springs to present Oxford. Thousandsof Osages followed it on their semi-annual trek to hunt buffalo. Eventually, in the 20th century, the trail evolved into highways. Seventh Street was part of the trail and is designated by a historical marker north of the Historical Museum.

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Bourbon County Courthouse
Bourbon County

Bourbon County Courthouse

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Friday May 06, 2022 8:30am to 4:00pm 210 S. National, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0780

Built of red brick and limestone in the Modern Eclecticism style, the 1930 Bourbon County courthouse stands with solid authority on the square at 210 S. National. Visitors are welcome to go to the third-floor courtroom (if court is not in session) to view the 1929 D.H. Overmeyer mural Justice Enthroned. A Civil War cannon, war memorials, and a GAR monument guard the front lawn. Mon-Fri 8:30am-4pm.

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Bourbon State Fishing Lake & Waterfall
Bourbon County

Bourbon State Fishing Lake & Waterfall

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours In Bourbon County (west) near Allen County

On the west side of this 103 acre state fishing lake you'll find a good place to cast your line for channel cat and largemouth/spotted bass. Also find several fishing piers, boat ramp and a floating dock. The waterfall usually runs a short period during the spring from early April through the end of June. You'll find the waterfall on the north end of the lake, about a quarter mile from Ivory Rd. For detailed directions, click on Read More below, which takes you to Keith Stokes (Kansas Explorer #4392, Kansas Travel website.) Photo courtesy Keith Stokes.

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Brick Street History
Bourbon County

Brick Street History

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Fort Scott, KS

In the early 1900s a large brick plant here produced 100,000 bricks every 10 days. The bricks cost two to four cents each, and a daily shipment filled approxi-mately a dozen rail cars. Fort Scott bricks were used in the construction of the Panama Canal and for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (nicknamed the Brickyard when its track was bricked in 1911). More than 10 miles of brick streets remain in Fort Scott. They are included in the Downtown Fort Scott National Register for Historic Places designation. https://tinyurl.com/FortScottBrickStreets

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Cars on the Route
Cherokee County

Cars on the Route

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 10:00am to 5:00pm 119 N. Main, Galena, KS 620.783.1366

Visitors flock to see the fabled little 1951 International tow truck that inspired the Tow Mater character in the hit animated movie Cars (2006). The truck was once used to lift equipment from mine shafts. Have your picture taken next to the perky rusted truck and other vehicles that resemble the movie’s characters. Then step inside this renovated 1926 Kan-O-Tex gas station to shop for Route 66 souvenirs and see a few historic photos and memorabilia from bygone days.

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Cherokee - Historic Water Tower
Crawford County

Cherokee - Historic Water Tower

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 305 S. Vine St, Cherokee, KS

The plaque on the tall cylindrical red-brick water tower reads, "Cherokee Water Works 1896." According to the city clerk, this water tower is the eighth oldest still in use in the United States.

Cherokee County Courthouse
Cherokee County

Cherokee County Courthouse

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Friday May 06, 2022 9:00am to 4:30pm 110 W. Maple St., Columbus, KS 620.429.2042

Silver wheat shafts on the facade of this 1955 courthouse add an artistic glint, but the 1919 Seth Thomas clock in the 40-foot tower on the courthouse lawn is the real gem. Purchased as a memorial to WWI servicemen, the clock was placed in the 1889 courthouse tower. Following the demise of the old courthouse, the original clock parts were discarded, and not until 1983 were they found and reassembled. One of the clock faces is on the current courthouse; the other three are on the free-standing tower containing the clock, which bongs on the hour and half-hour.

Civil War Statue
Bourbon County

Civil War Statue

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Charles and Spruce Streets, Bronson, KS

Charles and Spruce (City Park). Posed in the middle of the park is one of only four white-bronze (cast zinc) Civil War statues in the state. Dedicated in 1907, this sentinel style soldier is more commonly seen in northern states.

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Memorial & Museum
Crawford County

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Memorial & Museum

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1 W Lake Rd, Farlington, KS NA

Just inside the state park entrance a memorial honors not only the CCC workers who built this lake in the 1930s but also the 3.5 million men who were part of the CCC, a New Deal federal program. Recognizing the park’s history are a bronze statue of a CCC worker, a one-and-a quarter-mile memorial trail past artifacts used to build the lake, interpretive signage, and a small museum inside a unique stone structure formerly a water tower. Museum is always open.

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Columbus Carnegie Library
Cherokee County

Columbus Carnegie Library

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 205 N. Kansas, Columbus, KS 620.429.2086

The Ottawa architectural firm of George P. Washburn and Son designed the one-story red-brick Carnegie library (NRHP), completed in 1913 and still serving the town. Be sure to check out their story walk located at City Park and their giant chess board! Thu-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-3pm.

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Columbus City Park-WPA Structure
Cherokee County

Columbus City Park-WPA Structure

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 626 S. Delaware, Columbus, KS 620.429.2159

The WPA built the 1930s stone structures, including the retaining wall and the interestingly designed (no longer used) swimming pool bathhouse, in City Park. You'll also find here a walking trail, two large playground areas, picnic shelters, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, a new basketball court, a new disc golf course, and city pool.

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Columbus Museum
Cherokee County

Columbus Museum

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 1:00pm to 5:00pm 100 S. Tennessee, Columbus, KS 620.429.2160

The ball of string you see here might be the second most famous one in the state, but it claims television fame! Ed Fouts, who wound this 826-pound ball (468 miles of string!), appeared on I’ve Got a Secret in 1953. Other exhibits feature Columbus native Merle Evans (bandleader for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus), local athletes, agriculture, history, industry, and downtown businesses. A driving tour brochure of historical homes and points of interest is available here and at the chamber office, 320 E. Maple.

Crawford County Courthouse
Crawford County

Crawford County Courthouse

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 111 E. Forest, Girard, KS 620.724.6115

Built in 1922, this Modern Eclecticism structure features marble walls and staircases. Stand at the center of the first floor and look up to see the beautiful stained-glass ceiling above the third floor. A UH-1H Huey helicopter flown by a Kansas pilot is stationed on the courthouse square. Nearby are a granite wall inscribed with the names of all 777 Kansans who lost their lives in Vietnam, flags of the five military branches, a POW-MIA flag, Kansas flag, and American flag. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Courthouse is open to the public during normal business hours, Thu-Fri 8am-4pm.

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Crawford County Historical Museum
Crawford County

Crawford County Historical Museum

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 651 S. U.S. 69, Pittsburg, KS 620.231.1440

Exhibits capture the area’s history of coal mining, farming, printing, and ethnic diversity. Unique artifacts include a dress worn by 1967 Miss America Debbie Barnes and a 1938 aerial fire truck. Thu 9am-3pm, Fri 9am-2pm, Sat 9am-1pm. Photo: Amanda Minton

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Crawford State Park
Crawford County

Crawford State Park

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1 W Lake Rd, Farlington, KS 620.362.3671

The 500-acre park is located on the edge of the Ozarks. In the spring, redbud trees add even more beauty to this heavily wooded area. Hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and RV and tent camping are some of the amenities you can enjoy. State park entrance charge. Cabins available. Reservations required. Located 10 miles north of Girard.

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Ed Babcock Wood Sculptures
Crawford County

Ed Babcock Wood Sculptures

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 251 N. 5th, Arma City Park 620.347.8355

All kinds of fun can be found in the city park, from whimsical animals carved from logs by local chainsaw artist Ed Babcock, to playgrounds, horsehide pits and bocce courts.

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First Horseshoe Tournament
Bourbon County

First Horseshoe Tournament

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours City Park, State and Spruce Streets, Bronson, KS

A small blue sign on the east side of town tells you that Bronson was home to the first horseshoe pitching tournament in the world! Although not the same horseshoe pits as those in the 1909 tournament, the pits in City Park at Charles and Spruce welcome you to bring your own horseshoes and play.

First Presbyterian Church
Bourbon County

First Presbyterian Church

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 308 S. Crawford, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.3180

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Three members made up the total congregation of this church when it was formed in 1859. When the 1888 church was razed, many of the bricks and materials were reused to build the present 1924 church. The auditorium, which seats 1,000, held the funeral for famed photographer and native son Gordon Parks in 2006. If tours will be offered, we will update this information.

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Fort Scott Downtown Historic District
Bourbon County

Fort Scott Downtown Historic District

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Fort Scott, KS 620.670.2750

Oak to Third and Scott to National. Despite fires, including the most recent in 2005, and the federal urban renewal project in the 1960s that demolished 85 historic buildings, the downtown still boasts 58 contributing buildings to the historic district designation. https://tinyurl.com/FortScottHistDist

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Fort Scott Historic Driving Tour
Bourbon County

Fort Scott Historic Driving Tour

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Visit Fort Scott, 231 E. Wall, Fort Scott, KS

The driving tour brochure describes 46 sites and provides an excellent overview of the town, particularly of the architectural history of downtown buildings. Brochures are available at the Visitor Information Center, 231 E. Wall or visit their website and download the brochure.

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Fort Scott National Cemetery
Bourbon County

Fort Scott National Cemetery

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 900 E. National, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.2840

The trolley guided and self-guided tours point out gravestones for U.S. Colored troops, Native American soldiers, buffalo soldiers, Confederates from the 1864 Mine Creek battle, and memorials to those who never came home from various wars. A large glacial stone marks the grave of illustrious poet Eugene Ware (1841-1911) who also was an editor, Civil War soldier, author, and founder of the first Fort Scott public library. In 1862 President Lincoln designated these grounds a national cemetery. A historic rostrum and an 1870 brick home also are within the cemetery.

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Fort Scott National Historic Site
Bourbon County

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 1 Old Fort Blvd., Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0310

Named for General Winfield Scott, the fort originally was established in 1842. Soldiers garrisoned here until 1853 to maintain peace between indigenous and relocated Indian tribes. In 1855 the government auctioned the fort structures to newly arriving settlers, and the area became the nucleus of the town of Fort Scott. During the Civil War, soldiers returned to Fort Scott and it became the supply and logistical center for the Union Army of the West. Today this restored post, administered by the National Park Service, showcases 20 historic structures with excellent exhibits inside the buildings and on the grounds. Open daily, ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset. This attraction was voted as one of the top eight in the 8 Wonders of Kansas History category, sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Visitor Center open daily, 8am-5pm (summer); 8:30am-4:30pm (winter hours).

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Fort Scott Public Library
Bourbon County

Fort Scott Public Library

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 201 S National Ave, Fort Scott, KS

Built in the Beaux Arts style, the 1904 two-story red-brick Carnegie library (NRHP) still operates as the Fort Scott library. Thu-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat 9:30am-1:30pm.

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Franklin Community Park & Memorial Garden
Crawford County

Franklin Community Park & Memorial Garden

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Broadway & 5th Streets, Franklin, KS

May 4, 2003, will not be forgotten in this area. On that date a vicious tornado destroyed much of this tiny village. In the Franklin Community Park a marker relates the tornado tragedy, and a plaque on a pecan tree explains the metal still wrapped and twisted around the trunk.

Frontier Military Historic Byway
Bourbon County

Frontier Military Historic Byway

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Old Fort Boulevard, Fort Scott, KS

From Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, through Fort Scott, and north to Fort Leavenworth, this byway follows the old military road established between 1838 and 1845 to connect these forts. Supporters of both the free-state and proslavery causes also used this road during our state’s territorial period. Interpretative signage located in front of the fort along Old Fort Boulevard.

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Fulton High School Architecture
Bourbon County

Fulton High School Architecture

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 408 W. Osage, Fulton, KS

Three distinct eras and architectural designs are apparent in the former Fulton School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The red-brick two-story school building was built in 1917, the stone gymnasium was a 1936 WPA project, and the brick one-story cafeteria was added in 1964. Closed as a school in 1978, the building is now a community center. Photo courtesy KSHS.org.

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Fulton Marsh Arch Bridge
Bourbon County

Fulton Marsh Arch Bridge

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 215th St. (Old U.S. Hwy. 69), Fulton, KS

Fulton is located about 20 minutes north of Fort Scott along Old U.S. 69. Since 1927 traffic has crossed the Little Osage River on the sturdy Marsh rainbow single-arch bridge. Fulton is located about 20 minutes north of Fort Scott along Old U.S. 69. In Fulton, from E. Spruce, go ½ mile north on 215th and drive over the bridge.

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Fun Zone Depot
Crawford County

Fun Zone Depot

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 104 N Locust St., Pittsburg, KS 620.719.8390

Fun Zone Depot is the premier center for family entertainment in Southeast Kansas! At over 10,000 square feet, step into a world of amusement - games, activities, and entertainment. From an indoor rock wall to an interactive floor projector, bounce houses and more - there is something for all ages. BKRT guests receive $1.00 off per ticket, per session. Tickets can be purchased at the door at any point during a four-hour session and in advance on the website. An admission ticket is required for each guest, per session. Children (3+) are $7.00 and adults/seniors are $5.00. Play session hours: Thu-Sat 11am-3pm; 4-8pm and Sun 12-4pm.

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Galena Mining and Historical Museum
Cherokee County

Galena Mining and Historical Museum

Friday May 06, 2022 - Friday May 06, 2022 1:00pm to 4:00pm 319 W. 7th (K-26), Galena, KS 620.783.2192

Amazing photos and artifacts capture the region’s mining days from 1877 to the 1920s, when lead and zinc were the heart and soul of Galena. Once you visit this museum, inside a KATY railroad depot, you’ll have a new appreciation of this town and its history.

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Gearhead Curios
Cherokee County

Gearhead Curios

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 9:00am to 6:00pm 520 S. Main, Galena, KS 785.554.7694

A new attraction in Galena, this 1939 Texaco station has been restored by owner Aaron Perry and his family. You'll find Route 66 curios, artwork for the gearhead and a place to gather and share stories.

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Girard Carnegie Library
Crawford County

Girard Carnegie Library

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 128 W. Prairie, Girard, KS 620.724.4317

Two Ionic columns flank the front door of this 1906 building. Still serving as the Girard Public Library, it contains a collection of the Haldeman-Julius Little Blue Books. In 2002 an impressive addition was added to this historic limestone structure. While you’re here, pick up a map for a driving tour of the town’s historic sites. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The library is also serving as a location for the BKRT Information Center where you can pick up copies of the BKRT guide and updated schedule. Thur 9:30am-6pm, Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm. .

Girard Town Site
Crawford County

Girard Town Site

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours E. Prairie & S. Summit Streets, Girard, KS

In 1868 Dr. Charles Strong killed a deer while hunting in this area. At the spot the deer fell, Strong drove a stake into the ground and announced that he would build a town on this site. A marker beside a deer statue on the town square at Prairie and Summit describes this unusual town beginning.

Gordon Parks Gravestone
Bourbon County

Gordon Parks Gravestone

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Evergreen Cemetery, 914 215th St, Fort Scott, KS

From 23rd, 1½ miles south on U.S. 69, then ½ mile west on Indian. Look for a black vertical stone in the cemetery’s north end (section 7) by the road. On either side of the stone is a Parks’ poem, “Homecoming” and “A Sign by the Road.” His flat gray gravestone is behind this marker.

Gordon Parks Museum
Bourbon County

Gordon Parks Museum

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 2108 S. Horton (Fort Scott Community College campus), Fort Scott, KS 620.223.2700, ext. 5850

Gordon Parks, born in Fort Scott in 1912, was a pioneer for blacks in the fields of photography, filmmaking, and writing. His photos depicting poverty and racism, among other subjects, were potent pictures in Life magazine for 20 years. Impressive exhibits and artifacts are on display to help you know Parks and the topics he cared about. See his writing desk, a film camera and tripod, and some of his iconic photographs including those of the Tuskegee Airmen, Muhammad Ali, and American Gothic. The museum will be open extra hours for BKRT visitors. Gordon Parks was voted as one of the top eight in the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art category, sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Mon-Wed 9am-4pm.; Thu-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm.

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Gunn Park
Bourbon County

Gunn Park

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1010 Park, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0550

In 1910 W.C. Gunn donated the land for Gunn Park and some 20 years later the WPA added the main lake and stone shelter houses and walls. Newer additions include an 18-hole disc golf course, numerous biking and hiking trails, a dog park, and a second lake stocked with trout. Paddleboat and canoe rentals are available at West Lake.

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Gunn Park Doll Houses
Bourbon County

Gunn Park Doll Houses

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1100 Park, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0550

For years Gunn Park had its own caretaker who lived on site with his family. In 1927 caretaker E.V. Kelley built two doll houses for his young daughters Nadine and Jenny. Quite unique, they are more like miniature houses, built outdoors and made of stone. In 2016 the local Kiwanis Club restored and rebuilt the wee buildings, and as you enter Gunn Park you’ll see them to the south. The abandoned caretaker’s home is nearby.

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Heart of the Heartlands Railroad Museum & Carona Depot Complex
Cherokee County

Heart of the Heartlands Railroad Museum & Carona Depot Complex

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm 6769 NW 20th St., Carona, KS 620.423.5163

From K-7, 2 miles west on K-102, then ¼ mile south on 20. Only 4 miles from Big Brutus the four state regions premier railroad museum. Includes two restored depots, steam locomotive, diesel locomotives, freight, caboose and passenger cars. Also a large museum building with many displays. Self guided walking tour available at all times. Guided tours on request. Picnic area available. No admission fee but donations are appreciated.

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Historic 1869 Cato Schoolhouse
Crawford County

Historic 1869 Cato Schoolhouse

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 10:00am to 4:00pm Cato, KS 417.825.2127

A must stop for anyone interested in rural one-room schools. The historic 1869 Cato Schoolhouse is the first school in Crawford County and located in Cato, the first community in Crawford County. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On U.S. Highway 69 between Ft. Scott and Pittsburg, turn west on 720 Avenue, one mile north of the Arcadia turn-off (or one mile south of the Bourbon County line). Go west for one mile, then turn north for 1/2 mile and then left one mile to Cato.

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Historic Driving Tour
Crawford County

Historic Driving Tour

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 128 W. Prairie (Public Library), Girard, KS 620.724.4317

Girard’s history awaits you on this tour, which includes the 1887 home (NRHP) of publisher J.A. Wayland (721 Summit); the Haldeman-Julius House (RHKP; 310 N. Sinnett), home of the Little Blue Books publishers; the J.T. and Anna Leonard Home (NRHP; 211 N. Summit), the largest home ever built in Girard in a stunning Queen Anne style; the J.E. Raymond House (NRHP; 301 S. Osage), identifiable by its “onion dome”; and the home of Henry Laurens Call (608 N. Summit). Call was a Socialist lawyer, author, and lecturer, and in 1908 he built the first airplane west of the Mississippi. Call named it the Mayfly because “it may fly!” But it didn’t. A 19-site driving tour brochure is available at the front desk of the public library. Library hours are Thu 9:30am-6pm, Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm.

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Hosey Hill Cemetery
Cherokee County

Hosey Hill Cemetery

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1259 NE Highway 103, Weir, KS

Hosey Hill Cemetery is a fascinating cemetery filled with uncommon gravestones, Italian family names that reflect the heritage of the area, beautiful sculptures— and a grand stone elephant statue atop Inman E. Vandry’s (1887- 1928) gravestone. A palpable quietness is felt in this rural setting. From Dreher, 1¾ miles west on Main.

Hotel Stilwell
Crawford County

Hotel Stilwell

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Friday May 06, 2022 9:00am to 5:00pm 707 Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 620.235.1997

In 1889, in an attempt to make his little mining town appear more metropolitan and thereby attract new capital, financier Arthur Stilwell constructed this grand downtown hotel. The grandeur is evident in the lobby, which features a stained-glass dome and medallions around the hanging lights. In its day, the hotel hosted such renowned figures as Susan B. Anthony, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Jennings Bryan. Above the outdoor balcony, a carved limestone griffin guards the property. Restored in 1997, the hotel today houses apartments. Lobby open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

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Immigrant Park
Crawford County

Immigrant Park

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 106 W. 2nd, Pittsburg, KS

In the block east of the Miners’ Memorial the handsome brick Pritchett Pavilion graces the site where the old Europe Hotel and Frisco depot once stood. In the late 1800s and early 1900s these facilities received new immigrant families who came to work in the coal fields. Plaques on the pavilion are inscribed with stories of these families and the difference they have made in the area. A nearby mural depicts the old hotel and depot.

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Jefferson Highway
Crawford County

Jefferson Highway

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Franklin, KS

Franklin is on the Kansas Frontier Military Historic Byway (travelks.com/ksbyways) but also is on the route of the Jefferson Highway, the first transcontinental road to traverse North America north to south. The Jefferson Highway Association was founded in 1915. Learn more about the historic highway at https://jeffersonhighway.org/Map

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Johnston Library
Cherokee County

Johnston Library

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 210 W. 10th St., Baxter Springs, KS

The town library has the appearance of a courthouse because in 1872 it was intended to be one. It was never used for that purpose, but it was a city hall and a college before Peter Johnston donated it to the city in 1905 for its library. It still serves as the town library.

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Kansas Historic Route 66 Byway
Cherokee County

Kansas Historic Route 66 Byway

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours See website for route information 620.762.0717

Of the 2,448 miles of the famous Route 66, 13.25 miles pass through Kansas across the southeast corner of Cherokee County. It may be a short stretch but it has plenty of great explorer attractions--a charming narrow road, rainbow arch bridge, throwback market, a WPA park with a shallow wading creek and three delightful towns.

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Kansas Rocks Recreation Park
Bourbon County

Kansas Rocks Recreation Park

Saturday May 07, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 2051 130th St, Mapleton, KS 620.829.5328

Some say it’s like being in the Ozarks! Opened in 2003, Kansas Rocks Recreation Park provides trails for mountain bikers, hikers, utility vehicles, and four-wheel-drive vehicles (5 mph speed limit). As you might expect, you’ll come across plenty of rocks! What you might not expect is the 200-foot elevation change in these 400 acres. Kanrocks, as the park is known, is a wonderful getaway to enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful rocky terrain. Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8am-5pm. Admission charge.

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Kansas Route 66 Historic District
Cherokee County

Kansas Route 66 Historic District

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours See Description

From Military, 5 blocks west on 3rd, then 3 miles north on Willow. Between the Willow Creek bridge and the Marsh rainbow single-arch Brush Creek bridge is a stretch of Route 66 that retains many remnants from its original construction—narrow road (only 25 feet wide), unpaved shoulders, box culverts, and the tree-lined roadsides. Drive this back route slowly and soak it in. It’s subtly sublime. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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LaRoche Baseball Complex
Bourbon County

LaRoche Baseball Complex

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 4805 Campbell Dr, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.0550

Stop by and see the impressive, state-of-the-art LaRoche Baseball Complex. The Dave Regan Stadium inside the LaRoche Baseball Complex features 500 stadium seats, 500 bleacher seats, and room for 2500 on the grassy berms. The complex was funded by major league baseball star, Adam LaRoche, who graduated from high school in Fort Scott. "In the majors, LaRoche played for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburg Pirates, Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks before joining the Nationals in 2011. He had his best season in 2012, winning a Gold Glove and hitting 33 home runs with 100 RBIs in leading Washington to its first National League East Division title."

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Liberty Hall
Cherokee County

Liberty Hall

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Friday May 06, 2022 See Description 720 S. Main, Galena, KS 417.624.4444

Inside this 1887 restored IOOF building, now used for business offices, is a floor like nothing you’ve seen (or stepped on) before—you’re walking on $4,000 worth of pennies! Do the math, kids. That’s 400,000 pennies. It’s thought to be the largest coin floor in the nation. The upper floor has been restored as an event center and features a copper ceiling and original wood beams and floor. If they are open, the building occupants will gladly let you look around. .

Longest Sidewalk
Crawford County

Longest Sidewalk

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Franklin to Arma, KS (see description)

The sidewalk runs parallel to U.S. 69 Business from the south end of Franklin to E. Hector in Arma. When Franklin High School closed in the late 1920s, children had to walk to school in Arma. To provide safe passage, in 1937 the WPA finished a one-and-three-quarter-mile sidewalk between the two towns. The Guinness Book of World Records recorded this sidewalk as the longest walkway connecting two towns. Instead of leading you to school, today this long sidewalk invites you to take a leisurely stroll, skip, turn cartwheels, play hopscotch, push a baby stroller, pull a wagon, ride a bike, jog, walk your dog, and kick up your heels. Much more fun than school. One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Custom finalists and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
Bourbon County

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 1 S Main St, Fort Scott, KS 620.223.1312

This state-of-the-art exhibition space recognizes unsung heroes who stood up for others, often at great risk to themselves. Their compelling stories are told through inter- active kiosks and displays. Two of these brave heroes are Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who rescued more than 2,500 Jewish children during WWII; and Ken Reinhardt, who befriended the first black students to attend his high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Additional heroes are recognized every year. The center is named for international philanthropist and education supporter Lowell Milken. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm.

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McCune Museum
Crawford County

McCune Museum

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 509 6th St, McCune, KS 620.632.4112

The McCune Museum holds great heritage of the farming community and surrounding area. McCune is also the home of two Olympian Basketball athletes, the Kelley Brothers. Stop in and see a few of our other exhibits: interior of a school house, a farm house, and barn. Did we mention that we have an amazing Roy Roger's exhibit? There's much more in our museum, and we can help with genealogy research too! Thu-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Sun12-4pm.

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Mined Land Scenic Back Road
Crawford County

Mined Land Scenic Back Road

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Near Cherokee, KS (see description for route)

From K-7 in Cherokee, 5 miles west on U.S. 400, 2 miles north on 100, 2 miles east on 520, then 2 miles south on 120 and you’re back to U.S. 400. You leave the blacktop at your first turn (north on 100) to drive through part of the Mined Land Wildlife Area—land once devastated in the aftermath of strip mining is now lush with woodlands, grasslands, and abundant water. One mile east on 520 you’ll cross Limestone Creek on the Hudgeon Bridge (NRHP), a picturesque 1923 bridge with lovely railings and turned balusters. (GPS for bridge location: 37.368687, -94.899135)

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Mined Land Wildlife Area
Cherokee County

Mined Land Wildlife Area

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 7545 NW Belleview, West Mineral, KS 620.431.0380

From the 1920s to 1974, only 2,000 acres of this 13,000-acre property were not surface mined. Now those scarred tracts of land, once stripped of overburden, have evolved into woodlands and grasslands that wind around a thousand deep pit lakes perfect for birding, canoeing or kayaking, or fishing. With more than 80 boat ramps, these lakes, both beautiful and eerie, are easy to access. Maps of the lakes are available at Big Brutus and from the Mined Land Wildlife Area office at 7545 NW Belleview (from Big Brutus, ½ mile south on NW 60, 1 mile west on Coalfield, 2 miles south on NW 70, then ¾ mile west on Belleview). Cabins available. Reservations required.

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Miner's Hall Museum
Crawford County

Miner's Hall Museum

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 10:00am to 4:00pm 701 South Broadway St, Franklin, KS 620.347.4220

On this site, prior to the 2003 tornado, stood a community hall where the Amazon Army (a women’s protest group supporting striking miners) started its march in 1921. A new metal building now occupies the spot and serves as the Miners Hall Museum. From a pickax to a log sheet, mining and miner artifacts portray this cultural history. Displays feature life in the mines, social and home life, health and safety, and more. Mon-Sat 10am - 4pm.

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Miners’ Memorial
Crawford County

Miners’ Memorial

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 200 N. Walnut, Pittsburg, KS

A beautifully landscaped area features a larger-thanlife bronze statue of miner John Christian Ott and large polished granite monuments inscribed with names of miners who worked in the Weir-Pittsburg coal fields. Informational kiosks along a sidewalk tell more about the life of a coal miner.

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Monarch Pharmacy & Soda Fountain
Cherokee County

Monarch Pharmacy & Soda Fountain

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 1601 Military Ave, Baxter Springs KS 620.856.3030

Homemade ice cream, vintage soda's and other treats like Brown Cow, Egg Cream and Green River await you at this old-timey soda fountain inside the Monarch Pharmacy. Hours TBA. Photo courtesy Monarch Pharmacy.

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National Avenue Bridge
Bourbon County

National Avenue Bridge

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 336 N. National, Fort Scott, KS

Named the National Avenue Bridge and painted bright rust orange, the 1933 Marsh rainbow single-arch bridge stands out as it spans the Marmaton River. From 1st, ½ mile north on National. Learn more about Marsh Arch bridges in Kansas by clicking on Read More below.

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Nelson's Old Riverton Store
Cherokee County

Nelson's Old Riverton Store

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 7109 SE Route 66 (U.S. 400), Riverton, KS 620.848.3330

The ambience of this sweet reminder of the old Route 66 days probably hasn’t changed much since it opened as Leo Williams Grocery in the 1920s. It’s one of the most nostalgic stops in the state, where you can order a sandwich at the meat counter, buy Wonder Bread or Jello in the old-fashioned market, or pull an ice-cold pop out of an original Coca Cola cooler. Memorabilia of the “Mother Road” (Route 66) line the shelves and are stacked up to the pressed-tin ceiling, and an adjoining room is packed with every imaginable souvenir bearing the name Route 66. The Old Riverton Store is an explorer’s haven! Thu-Sat 8:30am-7pm, Sun 12-6pm.

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Outdoor Bas-Relief Mural
Cherokee County

Outdoor Bas-Relief Mural

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1201 Military Ave., Baxter Springs, KS

Images of mining, cowtown days, Osage Indians, Route 66, the famous wooden chain, and more town history compose this unusually designed mural. It was created in 1995 by Paula Collins of Denton, Texas. Find it on the south side of the American Bank.

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Pallucca’s Market
Crawford County

Pallucca’s Market

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 9:00am to 6:00pm 207 E. McKay, Frontenac, KS 620.231.7700

Fresh spaghetti sauce, meatballs, chili without beans, homemade Italian sausage, fresh-cut meats, Frontenac bakery bread (8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce), and great selections of grated cheese, olive oil, and dry noodles—you’ll find these and more at Pallucca’s, which dates to 1909. Attilio Pallucca started his store as an Italian American cooperative, trading on credit with the miners. Owned by the Pallucca family until 2013, new owners Ethan and Alyssa Edwards continue the market’s century-old traditions. Try their lunch specials 11:30am-1pm.

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Pappy Litch Park
Cherokee County

Pappy Litch Park

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 500 Main St., Galena, KS

Named for a beloved local historian, the park features a gazebo and a granite monument honoring the mining history of Galena and the Will Rogers Highway (Route 66.) A federal weigh station that inspected commercial vehicles on Route 66 once stood on this spot.

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Pine Lawn Cemetery
Bourbon County

Pine Lawn Cemetery

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours South of Fort Scott on 215th

Pine Lawn Cemetery was established circa 1869 by the Jewish burial society as the interment grounds for the Jewish community that thrived in Fort Scott in the 1880s and 1890s. From E. Wall, 3 miles south on U.S. 69/K-7, ½ mile west on Ironwood, then ¼ mile south on 215th. Photo courtesy Diana Staresinic-Deane, read Diana's blog: https://tinyurl.com/53r2rsa3

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Pittsburg Carnegie Library
Crawford County

Pittsburg Carnegie Library

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 308 N. Walnut, Pittsburg, KS 620.231.8110

Because library funds provided by Andrew Carnegie (who was anti-union) angered area miners, Carnegie’s money was accepted but his name was omitted from the library’s exterior. This 1912 structure, now the Pittsburg Public Library, is one of the few Carnegie libraries in the country built with elements of Art Nouveau and the Prairie School style. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The library is also serving as a location for the BKRT Information Center where you can pick up copies of the BKRT guide and updated schedule. Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-5pm.

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Pittsburg Cemeteries - Mount Olive & Highland Park
Crawford County

Pittsburg Cemeteries - Mount Olive & Highland Park

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 402 E. Quincy, Pittsburg, KS

Dozens of mausoleums adorned with columns, peaked roofs, and arches, dominate the landscape at Mount Olive Cemetery, 402 E. Quincy, and at Highland Park Cemetery, Broadway and Centennial, south of the university.

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Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium
Crawford County

Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Friday May 06, 2022 8:00am to 5:00pm 503 N. Pine, Pittsburg, KS 620.231.7827

Built in 1923, Memorial Auditorium is a state-of-the-art venue for the performing arts and convention center. You are invited to stop in to see its local art in the lobby gallery.

Pittsburg State University Gorillas
Crawford County

Pittsburg State University Gorillas

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 302 E. Cleveland, Pittsburg, KS (Overman Student Center)

Pittsburg State University is the only college in the nation to have a gorilla as its mascot. A 1965 bronze Gus Gorilla, designed by Larry Wooster, stands on the south side of the Overman Student Center, 302 E. Cleveland. A new life-sized, one-ton bronze gorilla created by Tom Corbin was installed on the east side of Carnie Smith Stadium, 1705 S. Joplin.

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Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial Amphitheater
Crawford County

Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial Amphitheater

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1909 S. Rouse, Pittsburg, KS

You’ll feel a tug at your emotions as you walk the entryways lined with flags of the 50 states and the official seals of the five military branches. Dedicated in 2004, this memorial amphitheater features a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The replica was part of the Moving Wall program that brought The Wall to those who couldn’t travel to the nation’s capital. Among other features, the amphitheater contains an eternal flame and a reflecting pool.

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Post Office Art
Bourbon County

Post Office Art

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Friday May 06, 2022 See Description 120 S. National, Fort Scott, KS

Border Gateways, a 1937 oil on canvas by Oscar E. Berninghaus, depicts pioneers in covered wagons coming into the newly established Kansas Territory in 1854. This WPA Section artwork, although inside the post office, is not publicly accessible. The PO staff would love to show it to you, though. Just ask at the window. Section Art was a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art contest. Click on Read More to learn more! Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 8:30am-10:30am.

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Rainbow Bridge on Route 66
Cherokee County

Rainbow Bridge on Route 66

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 2 miles west on Rt. 66, Riverton, KS

From Military, 2 miles west on Route 66. Drive or walk over this 1923 beauty to appreciate the one-and-only surviving concrete Marsh arch single-span bridge on the entire Route 66. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Brush Creek Bridge.

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Rial A. Niles House
Cherokee County

Rial A. Niles House

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 605 E. 12th, Baxter Springs, KS NA

This 1870 red brick home is impressive with a central cupola topping the Italianate structure. It also features walkout windows and ornamental porch posts and arches. Built for business entrepreneur Rial Niles and his wife, Mary, the house has served as a social club, a church meeting place, and a residence. The stoutly built structure has survived twotornadoes, one in 1895 and more recently in 2014. It is currently undergoing restoration by the owner. Read more about the history @rialanileshouse. Drive by only.

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Route 66 Kiosks and Sculpture
Cherokee County

Route 66 Kiosks and Sculpture

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours U.S. 400 Roundabout, Route 66/Beasley, Riverton, KS

From U.S. 400 roundabout,150 yards west on Route 66/Beasley. Get your kicks on Route 66 at the kiosks incorporating several well-designed, illustrated panels that portray area history and area attractions. Stopping here will help you uncover every bit of adventure along this historic route! You'll also see a Route 66 sculpture created by the Riverton High School FFA Club and erected in 2018. Learn more about their project at https://tinyurl.com/route66sculpture.

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Route 66 Postcard Mural
Cherokee County

Route 66 Postcard Mural

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours S. Main St. and Route 66, Galena, KS

A colorful outdoor Route 66 Postcard mural dresses up the side of the building at Main and 7th. A little pocket park in front of the mural is a spiffy place to take a selfie.

Route 66 Visitor Center
Cherokee County

Route 66 Visitor Center

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Saturday May 07, 2022 See Description 940 Military, Baxter Springs, KS 620.856.2385

You might guess from its iconic cottage style that this visitor center had a previous life as a Phillips 66 gas station. Built in 1930, it saw years of activity from Route 66 travelers. It now represents the past and is a sweet stop. Days and time open will be announced near the time of the event.

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Schermerhorn House
Cherokee County

Schermerhorn House

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 803 E. 5th, Galena, KS

The 1895 two-story Queen Anne home was originally the residence of prominent businessman Edgar Backus Schermerhorn, who donated the land for the park bearing his name. The house appears to have fallen on hard times, but it is still an impressive sight. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Schermerhorn Park
Cherokee County

Schermerhorn Park

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 3501 S. Main, Galena, KS 620.783.5265

From 7th, 2¼ miles south on Main/K-26. Just before Shoal Creek Bridge, turn east into the park. The arching entrance gate, stone terraces, and retaining walls, built by the WPA in the early 1930s, are fascinating features and transport you back to an earlier time. Wade or take a refreshing dip in the cool shallow waters of the spring-fed Shoal Creek, just as Route 66 travelers have done since the 1920s. Follow the drive to the parking lot behind the superintendent’s house to find a wooded trail that leads you past limestone bluffs covered with lush Ozark vegetation and back to Schermerhorn Cave. Legend says the cave was a hideout for Jesse James. The spring that flows from the cave is home to the dark-sided salamander, the cave salamander, and the gray-bellied salamander, all of which are on the Kansas endangered species list.

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Soldiers' Lot
Cherokee County

Soldiers' Lot

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Baxter Springs Cemetery, 166 West Ave, Baxter Springs, KS NA

From Military, 2 miles west on 12th/U.S. 166. Designated as an official Soldiers’ Lot by the National Cemetery Administration, it is the final resting place for those killed in the 1863 Battle of Baxter Springs and other area engagements. The tall monument of a soldier with his hand over his rifle muzzle is the cemetery’s centerpiece. The names of those who died are inscribed on it, and the men are buried in a common grave. A fence surrounding the plot is formed with cannon barrels protruding from the ground. Simple white gravestones for veterans from all wars flank the monument.

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Solidarity Mural
Crawford County

Solidarity Mural

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 308 N. Walnut, Pittsburg, KS

Inside the Public Library, Wayne Wildcat’s colorful mural illustrates the 1921 Pittsburg event involving 6,000 women marching in protest of mining conditions and in support of striking miners. The New York Times dubbed these courageous women the Army Amazons, and their march became a turning point in labor history. The 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-5pm.

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Southeast Kansas Nature Center
Cherokee County

Southeast Kansas Nature Center

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 3511 S. Main (Schermerhorn Park), Galena, KS 620.783.5207

On top of the elaborate WPA stone terraces, the handsome and modern nature center is in an excellent setting to help you discover the intricacies of Ozark Plateau flora and fauna. Watch small, living animals, use interactive displays to learn more about the threatened and endangered species that call this area home, and step out onto the wraparound deck to spot birds and other wildlife. A large collection of American Indian artifacts is also on display. Free admission. Thut-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm.

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Spring River
Cherokee County

Spring River

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours E. 12th, Riverside Park, Baxter Springs, KS

For a view of the lovely Spring River, from Route 66, travel 1 mile east on E. 12th to Riverside Park.

St. Aloysius Historic Site
Crawford County

St. Aloysius Historic Site

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Greenbush, KS 620.724.8536

From Summit in Girard, 8 miles west on K-47. The story of this historic site is an amazing one, beginning with a Catholic priest caught in a terrible storm. Hiding under his horse’s saddle, he prayed for survival, promising to build a church on the site if his life was spared. He survived and in 1871 he built the church. When a second storm destroyed the wooden church, parishioners built a stone structure in 1881, which was used until a much larger church was completed in 1907. But the forces of nature continued to plague Greenbush, and in 1982 lightning struck St. Aloysius Church and destroyed it. Today its grand stone ruins remain as a haunting piece of Greenbush history. A steadfast group of parishioners has kept alive the story of St. Aloysius and has built a pavilion nearby and moved a one-room schoolhouse to the site.

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St. Bridget Church
Cherokee County

St. Bridget Church

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 9:00am to 5:00pm 406 N. Keith, Scammon, KS 620.479.2601

While in Scammon, stop at the 1907 red-brick St. Bridget Church to see its original stainedglass windows. Each one is an artistic depiction of a different Bible story. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Strip Pit Alley Scenic Drive
Crawford County

Strip Pit Alley Scenic Drive

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours See Description

From U.S. 69 just south of Franklin, 4½ miles east on 620, 3 miles north on 270 to Mulberry, continue 6 miles north on 270 to Arcadia, then 4 miles west on Arcadia (becomes 710) to U.S. 69. Along the way you’ll pass many strip pits, signs, and other vestiges of old coal mining camps. Many of these pits are from the 1930s, when massive coal shovels rippedinto the earth (some to a depth of 100 feet) leaving barren land and piles of gob (discarded coal waste) in their wake. But now you’ll see strip pits in their restored glory, brimming with water in a new wooded environment that attracts birds, wildlife, hunters, and fishermen.

T.J. Losey Memorial
Cherokee County

T.J. Losey Memorial

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 1130 SE Wyandotte (City Cemetery), Columbus, KS

Take a seat on a bench as you admire the detail on the larger-than-life monument to Thomas J. Losey (1846-1936), a member of the 14th Kansas Cavalry during the Civil War. The memorial features a statue of Losey dressed in uniform with a sword on his belt and holding a rifle. A tree theme runs through the elaborate Losey monument extending to the benches and chairs that surround the family plot. T.J. lived to age 89, but his family died young—wife Flora Bell at age 47 and their two daughters as young children. The cut-off branches on the sculpted tree stump symbolize life cut short.

Timmons Chapel
Crawford County

Timmons Chapel

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 409 E. Ford (Pittsburg State campus), Pittsburg, KS

This all-faiths chapel built in the Country English Gothic style is peaceful and picturesque, tucked among trees on a spot that overlooks the university lake. The charming stone building is accented with a multicolor slate roof and a three-bell spire topped with a cross. Local philanthropist Bess Timmons funded the building of this church in 1966.

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Tri-State Marker
Cherokee County

Tri-State Marker

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Near Baxter Springs, KS NA

From Baxter Springs, take U.S. 69, 7¼ miles east on U.S. 166/400 to a roundabout, 600 feet west on Downstream, then 1,000 feet south on an unnamed gravel road. At the dead end you’ll come to an uncommon stone obelisk monument. Built in 1938 by the National Youth Administration, the marker designates the junction of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The original stone marker endures, but unfortunately other tri-state signs have been stolen.

Trolley Tours
Bourbon County

Trolley Tours

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 See Description 231 E. Wall, Fort Scott, KS
620.670.2750

The trolley driver doubles as guide offering an informative 50-minute tour around town in an old-fashioned trolley. You’ll learn about the national cemetery, “painted ladies,” the horse race track, Mark Twain’s secretary’s studio, Pill Hill, and all sorts of intriguing Fort Scott history. It’s a marvelous starting point for your Fort Scott explorations. $6 for adults; $4 for kids (12 & Under); Free for kids under 3. Find the trolley at the Fort Scott Visitor Information Center.

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Union Block
Bourbon County

Union Block

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours Old Fort Blvd. and Oak, Fort Scott, KS

The two-story wooden structure just outside the fort’s entrance was built around 1864 to help Fort Scott (town and post) defend against anticipated Confederate advances. Fortunately, no attacks occurred.

Weir - Vintage Texaco Station
Cherokee County

Weir - Vintage Texaco Station

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours W. Main St., Weir, KS

No longer operating, the little restored Texaco station on W. Main creates a nostalgic memory with its simple 1920s design, gas pumps, free-standing Texaco sign and pole, and large Coca Cola button sign.

Weir Brick Water Tower
Cherokee County

Weir Brick Water Tower

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours E. Forest and N. Washington Streets, Weir, KS

Although taller, the brick cylindrical water tower at Weir is a near twin of the tower in Cherokee. Unlike Cherokee’s 1896 structure, the 1889 Weir tower is no longer in use.

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Wilderness Park
Crawford County

Wilderness Park

Thursday May 05, 2022 - Sunday May 08, 2022 Daylight Hours 907 W. McKay, Frontenac, KS 620.231.4100

In Frontenac, from Parkview/U.S. 69, ½ mile west on McKay. You’ll find more than four miles of walking trails in this wooded area, which is picturesque during the fall and shady during the hot summer.

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