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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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Moon Marble Company

A delightful store full of marbles and other games. Antique marble toy display. Gift shop sells marbles, nostalgic, and unique toys. Call ahead for times on when to watch marbles being made.

Bonner Springs, KS Venue Attractions


Strawberry Hill Museum & Cultural Center

The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was formed in 1988

Kansas City, KS Museums

Rosedale Memorial Arch

The Rosedale Memorial Arch pays tribute to soldiers who served our country in World War I. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Arch, based on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was designed by Rosedale resident John LeRoy Marshall and dedicated in 1923. In 1993

Kansas City, KS Memorials

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

White Church Christian Church

White Church Christian Church was established in 1832 and is known as the oldest church in the state of Kansas that is still in use. The native stone church includes 21

Kansas City, KS Historic Churches

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

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

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

Children's Museum of Kansas City

The Children's Museum is a hands-on learning center designed for families and children ages 2-8. Interactive discovery-based exhibits channel curiosity, promote problem-solving skills, and teach various aspects of art, science, history and daily life.

Kansas City, KS Learning Centers

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

Anthology of Argentine Wall

The prevailing spirit of Argentine and its people inspired local artists to document the life and times of residents of the Argentine area with a mural that is 220 yards in length and its highest point is 30

Kansas City, KS Arts

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