Finney County Historic Driving Tour

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Finnup Park
Land for the park was donated to the city in 1919 by George Finnup in memory of his father, Frederick, an early pioneer. Located in Finnup Park:

Finney County Historical Museum - Dedicated to preserving our heritage.
Historical Marker - Located south of the "Big" Pool, this marker notes that the Arkansas River was a national boundary line (with Mexico) from 1805-1845.
Pleasant Valley School House - Located West of the Museum, one-room schools like this were typical in early-day Finney County. Open by appointment with the Museum.
Lee Richardson Zoo - Named for Lee Richardson, an outstanding peace officer in the 1920's who was instrumental in establishing the Zoo and game preserve.

Finney Game Refuge
Located south of the river bridge on Hwy. 83. Tours are available by appointment.

Point of Rocks
Located east of Garden City on Hwy. 50 to Raceway Road (turn south) and travel to the dead end (turn east) on River Road for 2 miles. Point of Rocks is on the north side of the road and is across from the Weldon Outdoor Classroom. It is on private property. This elevated outcropping of rocks was one of many rock landmarks on the Santa Fe Trail.

Sabine Hall
Located on the corner of 8th and Jones, this building was named for Doctor Andrew Sabine, an early Finney County medical doctor and school board member. Built in 1910, it has housed the junior college, high school, junior high, and is now being used as apartments. It is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Two Ghost Towns
Ravanna and Eminence were both thriving towns in the 1880's. There was fierce rivalry between Ravanna and Eminence for the permanent location of the Garfield County seat. During the process, the area was surveyed and found to have less than the 432 square miles required for organization. As a result, the area was annexed to Finney County in 1893 and Ravanna and Eminence eventually died out.

Granite marker on Hwy. 156. Located 24 miles east of Garden City on Hwy 156, 7 miles north on K-23 and 4 miles east on Lake Rd. The ruins on the north side of the road (on private property) are what remain of the school house.

Located E on Hwy. 156, turn north at first turn after mile marker 21, continue 2 miles to a dead end, east 1/2 miles, north 1 mile, 1/4 mile east to stone school house. The school house is now used as a farm shop. It is on private property.

LASR - Garden City, Kansas - Finney County Historic Driving TourSugar Beet Factory
Located on west Fulton. The factory opened in 1906, reviving the economy. Irrigation ditches dug in the 1880's were enlarged and used to water the sugar beets. It closed in 1955.

Jewish Cemetery
Located 4 miles north of Kansas Ave. on US 83, 4 miles west on West (SE corner of Chmelka and Lowe Roads). There are 4 grave sights visible. This land was permanently deeded for a cemetery in 1892.

Located 6 miles west of Garden City on US 50. Until 1910, this settlement was known as Sherlock, the official mail stop for this area until the Fultons persuaded the railroad to stop in Garden City.


Located 12 miles east of Garden City on Hwy. 50. This first settlement in Sequoyah County was a headquarters for a ranch. The original town sight was destroyed by fire during an Indian Raid in 1874.

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Finney County Courthouse

The first courthouse in Finney County was built in October, 1885, at this location. The county soon outgrew the small building and in 1902 was moved to a larger building at 113 South Main Street until the present courthouse was built in 1929. C.J. "Buffalo"

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Finney Game Refuge

The Sandsage Bison Range is a 3,670

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Southwind Golf Club

There's a reason for the name of Southwind Country Club. The course was opened in 1980 with one over-riding factor in mind: in southwest Kansas, the wind blows from the south, often and hard!

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Windsor Hotel

This four story hotel was sometimes referred to as the "Waldorf of the Prairies". In 1887, John A. Stevens built the hotel next to the Opera House (the Opera House no longer exists). it was built of native stone and brick kilned locally. It contained 125 rooms, no closets and few bathrooms.

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Buffalo Dunes Municipal Golf

Few communities of Garden City's size can boast two regulation golf courses within a couple of miles of town. While the country club course is one of the best around, this municipal course is also considered to be among the top facilities. In it'

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