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Museum of the Great Plains


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Museum of the Great Plains Learn about the famed Leoti/Coronado County Seat Fight of 1887.

We have a large collection of violins, Marion Bonner fossils, and pioneer and old west artifacts.

Recently the museum received a new railroad collection of Richard L. George. Richard began his railroad career as a fireman in the early 1940?s and went on to become an engineer of steam locomotives. One of Richard?s favorite engines, which he drove, was Santa Fe?s streamlined steam engine, the "Blue Goose".

Items includes the engineer "weigh box", which the engineer must take on each run. It is filled with many of Mr. George's instruction manuals, train orders, souvenirs of railroad fairs, and photographs of trains. Among the collection was a train track jack, a railroad pick, many assorted railroad lanterns, and a large framed lithograph of the beautiful Santa Fe "Blue Goose", and one of the Union Station in Kansas City.

Richard enjoyed the art of photography and took many slides and movies of trains and railroad. There are photographs of trains, wrecks, blizzards and many of the Kansas Flood of 1951. Richard made several scrapbooks of the newspaper articles of the stories of the flood, among these pages are his train orders at the time of the flood. He has written a detailed story in diary form of his involvement at this time of such terrible destruction. All of these photos, scrapbooks, slides, and footage of movies have been donated to the museum. This in itself is a fantastic "first account" piece of history.


Address: J Street and North 4th
Phone: 620-375-2316
Our Email: museum@wichitacountymuseum.org
Our Website:www.wichitacountymuseum.org

Museum Winter Hours:

Tuesday thru Friday 1:00-5:00PM
Saturday and Sunday 2:00-5:00PM
Closed Mondays-will open by appointment

Museum Summer Hours:

Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays-will open by appointment

Come visit us in Leoti, Kansas

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Selkirk Hand Dug Well

The old well is the only remnent of a once busy Santa Fe Railroad of the Great Bend Division in western Kansas. The hand-dug well has been beautifully preserved, being 110 years old. It is 24 feet in diameter and 102

Leoti, KS Landmarks

Museum of the Great Plains

Learn about the famed Leoti/Coronado County Seat Fight of 1887. We have a large collection of violins, Marion Bonner fossils, and pioneer and old west artifacts.

Leoti, KS Museums

Depot at Selkirk

The Shallow Water Depot will hopefully find its permanent setting at Selkirk, Kansas, after making its fifth move in over a hundred and thirteen years and restored as it would have looked in 1887. The building had to be sold and removed from it?

Leoti, KS Railroad History

Wichita County Courthouse

The Wichita County Courthouse was built in 1916. The beautiful sculpture of Leoti, Prairie Flower, can be admired in the foreground of the Courthouse Square. Make sure to visit inside to see displays and historical photos.

Leoti, KS Historic Courthouses


Things to do Museums near Leoti, KS