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High Plains, Kansas

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Once the hunting grounds of nomadic Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians, the High Plains is grand in scale. This is a land of vast rolling praries, sculpted by creeks, rivers, and shimmering fields of golden grain. Here you can wander the "Kansas Pyramids" - or Monument Rocks National Landmark - a fossil hunter's paradise, where prehistoric inland seas once covered the plains. You'll also come across High Plains towns, rich in history, country charm and some of the most unusual small-town museums in the nation. What's the best way to get to the High Plains of Kansas? Head northwest and follow a road less traveled.

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The Eller House

The Eller House, displaying typical furniture, clothing, and objects, tells of farm life in the 1930s. The house was built in 1906 in Colby, was moved to a farm south of town in 1917 and was moved to the museum site in 1981.

Colby, KS Museums

Last Indian Raid Museum

The Decatur County Museum is a celebration of prairie life. You can step back into the past by visiting the one-room schoolhouse, 1885 depot and jail, sod house and tack room. The museum has fifteen full buildings with over 15,000

Oberlin, KS Museums

Fort Bissell Museum

Fort Bissell was built in 1872 on the land of John Bissell, while roving bands of Indians were still in the area. It was located on a bend of Bissell Creek 2?

Phillipsburg, KS Museums

Nicol School

The one-room Nicol School building symbolizes the cultural and social importance of education to the pioneers. It represents the 94 one-room rural schools that once graced the landscape in Thomas County.

Colby, KS Historic Schoolhouses

Lake Atwood

Lake Atwood is a beautiful 43

Atwood, KS Recreation

Smoky Gardens Fishing Lake

Smoky Valley Fishing Lake gives the visitor 11 acres to fish, enjoy picnics, and camp with electrical hookups. Boat ramps, drinking water and dump stations are also provided at the lake.

Goodland, KS Recreation

Jack Creek King Post Bridge

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places , the Jack Creek King Post Jack's Creek bridge, erected ca. 1900, is a riveted King Post pony truss.

Phillipsburg, KS Architecture

Logan Lake

Scenic Logan Lake provides a great spot for campouts, family picnics and fishing. While you relax in the picturesque tree covered picnic areas, the children can enjoy the playground equipment, compliments of the City of Logan.

Logan, KS Recreation

Duckland

The park offers families a unique opportunity to picnic and observe geese, ducks, and beaver on small ponds.

St. Francis, KS Parks

Cottonwood Ranch

In 1982 the State of Kansas purchased approximately twenty-three acres of the original Cottonwood Ranch. Today the Kansas State Historical Society administers the property as one of the state's best preserved historic sites which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places

, KS Historic Ranches

Post Office WPA Mural

The Post Office was built in 1936. Inside is the mural "Rural Delivery," depicting a postman of yesterday delivering mail to his country patrons. It was painted by Kenneth Adams, a WPA artist.

Goodland, KS Arts

Goodland Historical Tour

Find out about the history of Goodland with a tour of 36 historic homes, buildings, landmarks, stained glass and including Goodland's infamous brick streets. Some of the homes in Goodland were designed in the Queen Anne and Bungalow style of architecture. 1102

Goodland, KS Tours

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