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Wyandotte County, KS

Wyandotte CountyHome to 150,000 midwesterners, Wyandotte County is sprawled over 111 square miles of fertile Kansas riverbank where the Kansas and Missouri rivers meet. The strength of its early American Indian founders and the skills of the African, Asian and European immigrants are still alive today in a hard-working labor force of more than 80,000.

If you are seeking fun and frolic, then you'll surely enjoy the 30 annual festivals in this City of Festivals. The grandest of the festive events is the Renaissance Festival. The Renaissance Festival lasts seven weekends in the fall, returning visitors to a time of knights and fair maidens, a time long, long ago. The festival is rated as one of the "Top 100 Events in North America." The Woodlands offers dog and horse racing, and experience Kansas Speedway "The track that will blow you away." Bringing the hottest entertainment to town is the cool, outdoor Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. If you have a favorite group, they're sure to hit Verizon some time in the summer. The Agricultural Hall of Fame, Grinter House, Huron Indian Cemetery, Wyandotte County Museum and the Rosedale Arch represent the historic sites within Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County.

Wyandotte County, the smallest county in Kansas with 155.7 square miles of land, was incorporated in 1859, and was made up from portions of Leavenworth and Johnson counties.

Anthropologists believe that the confluence of two rivers— the Kansas and the Missouri— was a significant factor in attracting the first primitive Indians some 2,000 years ago. In 1825, the federal government moved the Shawnee Indian tribe to Wyandotte County. The area had been under control of Spain and later France. However, the United States acquired the area as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In 1830, the federal government moved the Delaware Indian Tribe to Wyandotte County. Then in 1843, the Wyandotte Indians came here from Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The Wyandotte Tribe took an active part in community affairs. The chief, William Walker, became the first provisional governor of the Kansas-Nebraska Territory in 1854. Most of the Indians accepted U.S. citizenship. A few moved to Indian territory in Oklahoma. Today the official home of the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma is in Wyandotte, Oklahoma.

The first permanent white settler in Wyandotte County was Moses Grinter. He built Grinter House in 1857 which is now a state historical site which overlooks the Kansas River. Grinter was chosen by Col. Henry Leavenworth to operate the ferry across the Kansas River. Col. Leavenworth, who had established a military post, needed a ferry to link various military outposts that stretched from Ft. Snelling, Minnesota, to Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma. These military posts were necessary to protect the stream of traders and travelers heading down the Santa Fe Trail and to preserve peace with the Indians. Grinter started operating the ferry in 1831. Travelers, both civilian and military, paid 50 cents a person or $2 a wagon to cross the river.

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Wagner's Classic Cars

For the car enthusiast, this dealership has a showroom dedicated to restored cars from the 1920s up to the 1970s. The showroom is filled with collector cars, muscle cars, street rods & trucks of all kinds. Wagner’

Bonner Springs, KS Museums

Memorial Hall

For more than 50 years, Memorial Hall has been the cornerstone of Kansas City entertainment. This 3,300

Kansas City, KS Historic Buildings

VerrĂĽckt -- World's Tallest Waterslide!

VerrĂĽckt, the World's Tallest Waterslide opening in 2014 to guests of Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, was officially verified by Guinness World Records prior to its opening. The VerrĂĽckt stands at a record-breaking height of 168 ft 7 in. After the initial, nearly vertical drop of 168

Kansas City, KS Water Parks

Kansas Speedway

Kansas Speedway the track that will blow you away is a 1.5

Kansas City, KS Car Races

Grinter Place State Historic Site

The first permanent white settler in Wyandotte County was Moses Grinter. He built Grinter House in 1857 which is now a National Historical Site which overlooks the Kansas River.

Kansas City, KS Museums

Lakeside Speedway

Lakeside Speedway's half-mile asphalt oval track is part of the NASCAR Winston Racing Series. Spanning more than 40 years, the speedway plays host to many national touring series. Racing every Friday night, March – September.

Kansas City, KS Car Races

John Brown Statue

Near the heart of the city, this statue pays tribute to John Brown, one of the nation's early-day opponents of slavery.

Kansas City, KS Monuments

National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame

Federally chartered, privately funded national museum of agriculture. This unique 172 acre complex features National Farmer's Memorial, National Agriculture Hall of Fame, Museum of Farming, Gallery of Rural Art, and a turn-of-the-century rural village, Farm Town USA, complete with 1

Bonner Springs, KS Museums

Granada Theatre

The historic Granada Theatre, built in 1929, is one of the last operating movie palaces in the Midwest, a testimony to the roaring '20s era.

Kansas City, KS Historic Theatres

Korean/Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Wyandotte County

The nation's first dual war memorial is dedicated to veterans of both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. The marble memorial with two life-size bronze statues was formally dedicated on Veterans Day 1988

Kansas City, KS Memorials

Sunflower Hills Golf Course

Considered one of the best municipal courses in the Midwest. 3 1/2 Star award winner Golf Digest places to play. Opened in 1977, Sunflower Hills is an 18

Bonner Springs, KS Golf Courses

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