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Liberal, Kansas

Liberal, Kansas

In the 1880s water was a rare commodity is Southwest Kansas. Travelers and ranchers needed a place to rest their livestock and quench their thirst, but when water was unavailable it was quite expensive.

Mr. S.S. Rogers homesteaded in this area and dug a well. When visitors came through the area they asked Mr. Rogers if they could use his well. He obliged their requests, and when they had watered their livestock and restocked their water supply they asked Mr. Rogers what they owed him.

"Water is always free here," Mr. Rogers would say.

The surprised visitors would respond, "That's mighty liberal of you."

The name caught on with travelers to be sure to stop at "liberal" Kansas.

Mr. Rogers added a goods store so people could purchase other items they needed during their travel. Some decided to stay and farm this area and in 1886 Mr. Rogers added a post office to his store, incorporating the small community known as Liberal, Kansas.

Southwest Kansas hospitality shines bright year round as area visitors and residents enjoy the sights and sounds of Liberal. The Mid-America Air Museum boasts the nation's fifth largest collection of military and civilian aircraft and houses on of the country's finest "hands on" aviation science exhibits.

The history of Seward County began over 400 years ago, and is recorded at The Coronado Museum. The museum offers a collection of items dating back to 1541. The museum also features a collection of items used in the settlement of this territory during its Wild West heyday and also those things whcih gave it a more civilized tone.

Dorothy's House and The Land of OZ, one of Kansas's most popular tourist attractions, delight visitors with recreations of the classic movie and over 5000 square feet of animated entertainment. Soon Liberal will proudly unveil the completely renovated Rock Island Depot, which is on the National Historic Register.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Baker Arts Center

Known as a "cultural oasis on the prairie", the Baker Arts Center is an art education facility which promotes the arts in Southwest Kansas. A 5000 square foot three level handicap accessible building is the former home of Irene Dillon and Francis Marion Baker.

Liberal, KS Arts

Coronado Museum

The Coronado Museum is housed in a landmark structure originally built in 1918

Liberal, KS Museums

Arkalon Park

Travelers on U.S. Highway 54, struck by the round horizon and massive skyscapes, would be surprised to find a series of ponds, streams, marshland and groves of cottonwood trees just north of the straight path they drive.

Liberal, KS RV Parks

Mid-America Air Museum

With more than 90 aircraft on display, the Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal, Kansas, is one of the largest aviation museums in the United States. Whether you are interested in general aviation, classic planes, home builts, warbirds, or modern jets, there\'

Liberal, KS Museums

Rock Island Depot

In April, 1888, the first train with goods other than construction materials arrived at the end of the new Rock Island line in Liberal, Kansas.

Liberal, KS Railroad History

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