A glacier once stood over this area, leaving behind a diverse landscape of steep, wooded river bluffs and magnificent prairie. Take the scenic route and discover more than 600 campsites, 30miles of bridle and hiking trails, 450 acres for backpackers and 9,000 acres of public hunting lands. If it's history you're after, Heritage Hills offers one of the finest state history museums in the nation; several nationally acclaimed museums of natural history, Kansas history and art; beautifully restored buildings and homes; as well as living history festivals/ The area may be most well known for its rich heritage , but it also attracts thousands of people every year to its world-famous Topeka Zoo... to one of the nation's newest auto racing facilities... to countless antique shops, boutiques, and outlet malls. Relax for a weekend or spend a week. Create some history of your own in Heritage Hills.
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This building was started with an appropriation of $50,000 from the United States Congress to be the capitol of the State of Kansas. Later, it was finished as Lane University and was the site of the wedding of the parents of President Eisenhower.Lecompton, KS Museums
The Hobbs Park Memorial is a new public monument located in historic Old East Lawrence, which builds upon the community's abolitionist roots and reminds our state and nation of the viligance and sacrifice freedom requires. The monument is comprised of an 1860s masonry dwelling, the Murphy/Lawrence, KS Memorials
The University of Kansas' $14.3 million performing arts center will enthrall you with Broadway favorites, magical family entertainment, breathtaking dance and elegant music. Ranked by International Arts Manager Magazine as one of "The Top U.S. University Presenters,"Lawrence, KS Arts
Designed for the preservation and use of rare materials, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, on the University of Kansas campus, provides a home to some of the finest collections in North America. The library houses three major units:
The Watkins Museum anchors the south end of downtown on Massachusetts Street. The three-story red brick building houses exhibits and artifacts of the area's history, including a display on the history of basketball. Current exhibits include "Early Settlement," which details Lawrence as an 1850'Lawrence, KS Museums
Located three blocks north of Highway 56 on Washington Street in Baldwin (the only Palmyra street to still carry its original name), the Santa Fe Trail Well provided the first fresh water for travelers on the Trail.
Hand dug to 40 feet, it was later deepened to 70Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life
The Santa Fe Depot was built in 1906 and is the only remaining depot of Kansas' first railroad south of the Kaw, the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Ft. Gibson.
It includes unique architectural features of triple arched windows, floor water cooler, dual gas/Baldwin City, KS Railroad History