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Leavenworth, Kansas

Leavenworth, Kansas

Leavenworth, the "First City in Kansas," established in 1854 is located on the west banks of the Missouri River. It became nationally known 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. Cody's parents are buried here. Leavenworth has numerous historic vintage homes, sites, depots, and of course, the "Big House", the United States Federal Penitentiary. The Victorian Carroll Mansion, open daily to the public, was built in 1867. The mansion boasts magnificent woodwork and beautiful stained glass windows. Shop in the many antique and unique shops in the Historic Riverfront Downtown.

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Performing Arts Center

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1938

Leavenworth, KS Theatres

United States Penitentiary -

Leavenworth is best known for the "Federal Pen" or "Big House", which is now a medium-security prison. Construction of this historic prison began in 1897, with the first cell house opening in 1906. The Federal Penitentiary has been the home of Kansas City Boss Tom Pendergast, George "Machine Gun"

Leavenworth, KS Penitentiaries

C.W. Parker Carousel

Ride a restored antique wooden 1913 Parker carousel and tour the museum dedicated to telling the remarkable story of C. Parker, the "Carnival King". There are two other carousels in the museum. One is the oldest operating, hand-cranked, wooden carousel, built around 1860 and the other is a 1950

Leavenworth, KS One Of A Kinds

Eisenhower Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Cntr.

While visiting the Veterans Administration Center and its grounds, you will want to see the Chapel of Veteran's. The Chapel, built in 1893, features architecture reminiscent of the early European cathedrals. In 1921, this attraction was made famous in Ripley's "Believe It or Not"

Leavenworth, KS Historic Churches

First City Museum

The museum houses collections of early frontier memorabilia and artifacts including buggies and cutters manufactured in Leavenworth. There is also a mock-up of the United States Penitentiary, plus other prison memorabilia.

Leavenworth, KS Museums

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