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Apollo 17 Marker St. Francis, Kansas is the birthplace and boyhood home of Apollo astronaut, Ron Evans, who was aboard the Apollo 17 in its sixth and final lunar expedition of the Apollo series in 1972.

While aboard the expedition, Ron Evans made the longest space walk of the time at 44 minutes in space in which he recovered camera data from the exterior cameras. This maneuver took three round-trips to complete.

Ron Evans died in 1990 in Arizona of an apparent heart attack.

On display in the Cheyenne County Museum next door is an essay signed by Ronnie Evans that pictures his boyhood "aspirations" when he would be grown up:

... when he grows up he wants to marry a pretty girl and have two or three kids ... he wants to attend all four years of high school .... then he wants to be a salesman, or a carpenter and make $200 a month ... and when he's 35 or 40, he wants to own his own business... - Ronnie Evans


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St. Francis City Campground

The St. Francis City Campground and Rest Area is located just adjacent and behind the Cheyenne County Museum and welcomes travelers at no charge. There are electrical hookups, drinking water, showers and restrooms, sanitary dump station, and handicapped accessible.

St. Francis, KS Camping

Apollo 17 Marker

St. Francis, Kansas is the birthplace and boyhood home of Apollo astronaut, Ron Evans, who was aboard the Apollo 17 in its sixth and final lunar expedition of the Apollo series in 1972. While aboard the expedition, Ron Evans made the longest space walk of the time at 44

St. Francis, KS Landmarks

Duckland

The park offers families a unique opportunity to picnic and observe geese, ducks, and beaver on small ponds.

St. Francis, KS Parks

Sawhill Park

Features one of the last bandshells in Kansas with its unique acoustics.

St. Francis, KS Amphitheaters

The Cheyenne County Museum

The museum features a diorama complete with prehistoric fossils uncovered locally. This diorama shows life as it progressed over the millenia on the High Plains, and includes furniture and period exhibits of frontier life. All of the exhibits are of Cheyenne County history.

St. Francis, KS Museums

Things to do Landmarks near St. Francis, KS

Lighted Cross

The Lighted Cross was made possible by the effort and support of the local community. ...