Seward County, KS

Seward CountyThe history of Seward County began over 400 years ago in June of 1541 when Don Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and 36 soldiers entered what is now Kansas near the present site of Liberal searching for the fabled "Seven Cities of Gold." A bit from one of the expidition's horses was found near Liberal and is on display at the museum.

In 1872 western Kansas consisted of mile after mile of waving prairie grasslands and one large, flowing river. Settlers traveling west on the Santa Fe, Jones & Plummer, and western cattle trails simply passed through thinking this area "uninhabitable". But one undaunted man, making his way west, did stop and settle. Mr. S.S. Rogers was the first homesteader in Seward County.

Outside the Cimarron River, water was very scarce in Southwestern Kansas and there was usually a charge for even a small amount; however Mr. Rogers always gave his water free to passing travelers.

In April of 1888 the plat for the present town site was created. In eight days 83 plank constructed houses were built. Within a year the population grew to 800.

In 1920, gas was discovered west of Liberal on what was to become the vast Hugoton Gas Field -- the largest gas reserve in the world. In early 1951, oil was discovered southwest of Liberal.

Those early settlers were right. Something wonderful was in the future, and still is. That optimistic, "can-do" attitude still exists, and it is this attitude that will carry Seward County into the twenty-first century preparing for and embracing new opportunities along the way.

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Baker Arts Center

Known as a "cultural oasis on the prairie", the Baker Arts Center is an art education facility which promotes the arts in Southwest Kansas. A 5000 square foot three level handicap accessible building is the former home of Irene Dillon and Francis Marion Baker.

Liberal, KS Arts

Mighty Samson

The Samson Bridge was erected in 1939

Liberal, KS Historic Bridges

Coronado Museum

The Coronado Museum is housed in a landmark structure originally built in 1918

Liberal, KS Museums

Land of OZ Dorothy's House

Liberal's Dorothy's House was built in 1907 and donated to the Seward County Historical Society. It has been carefully restored and furnished with period furnishings to reproduce the warmth of the farmhouse where Dorothy realized that: "There's no place like home." In the "Land of Oz"

Liberal, KS Museums

Mid-America Air Museum

With more than 90 aircraft on display, the Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal, Kansas, is one of the largest aviation museums in the United States. Whether you are interested in general aviation, classic planes, home builts, warbirds, or modern jets, there\'

Liberal, KS Museums

Arkalon Park

Travelers on U.S. Highway 54, struck by the round horizon and massive skyscapes, would be surprised to find a series of ponds, streams, marshland and groves of cottonwood trees just north of the straight path they drive.

Liberal, KS RV Parks

Rock Island Depot

In April, 1888, the first train with goods other than construction materials arrived at the end of the new Rock Island line in Liberal, Kansas.

Liberal, KS Railroad History

International Pancake Race

A tradition since 1950, the International running of the Pancake Race has become a symbolic event of peace and unity between the Untied States and England. Pancake Day is always on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Some people refer to it as "Fat Tuesday."

Liberal, KS One Of A Kinds

Liberal Country Club

Course Access: Private
Holes: 9
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Liberal, KS Golf Courses

Willow Tree Golf Course

Course Access: Public
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7

Liberal, KS Golf Courses

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