Norton County Historical Museum

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Norton County Historical Museum Did you know that Norton County, Kansas, was the site of one of the biggest meteor impacts in the United States? At about 5:00 p.m. on February 18, 1948, there was a loud explosion and fireball approximately 15 miles above Western Kansas. The fireball was seen as far away as Denver, Western Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Western Kansas. It was a meteor explosion and the resultant fragments landed in Norton County, Kansas. This is one of the things you can learn about with a visit to the Norton County Museum.

We hope to offer many items of historical interest that will inform you about our unique history. History means many things to different people. A common notion is that history is all about things that happened long ago which are not relevant to our lives. But history is a living thing that touches everyone alive today. Yesterday is history. Today we are making history. Tomorrow will soon become history.

The Museum is housed in a 1938 WPA stone building used previously as a library. Other Exhibits include:

* Prehistoric Animal Bones of Rhinoceros, Mammoth & Mastodon found in Kansas.

* Handcrafted Circus

* 1948 Meteor Exhibit

Hours: May through September, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Or by appointment
Address: 103 East Lincoln
Phone: 785-877-5107
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Art Deco Theater

Norton volunteers have rennovated the old Art Deco Theater in Downtown Norton, and enjoy providing the popcorn while you relax and watch movies.

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Adobe House

Tourists will relive a bit of the past when they visit the Adobe House located at the Prairie Dog State Park. This earthen-walled structure is the only one in Kansas on its original location and preserved as a museum. As near as can be determined, the house was constructed in 1892

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Hillmon School

The Hillmon Schoolhouse was the sixth school district to be organized in Norton County. The school houses were numbered as they were built and the Hillmon School was District 6

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"They Also Ran" Gallery

"What do Stephen A. Douglas, Horace Greeley, Horation Seymour, Henry Clay, Alf Landon, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter have in common? - They all ran for President ... and lost." Although these men and many others in American Presidential History were unsuccessful in their bids to attain the nation'

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