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National Drovers Hall of Fame
Drovers Hall of Fame
National Drovers Hall of Fame

210 N. Douglas
Ellsworth, KS  67439

National Drovers Hall of Fame is a work in progress. The Signature Insurance Building has be restored to its former glory. Now the committee is working to finish the inside. The dream is to have a fully interactive museum, research facility, restaurant and theater. Visit their website to see what you can do to help. Stop by when you're in town and see the beautiful building.

For more information contact: Troy Soukup (785)472-3141

Hodgden House Museum Complex
hodgden house
Hodgden House
104 W. Main
Ellsworth, KS  67439

Ph: (785) 472-3059

The Hodgden House was built in 1873 by Perry Hodgden, one of the first settlers of Ellsworth. The house is made of native stone and stands next to a stone livery which is one of the last liveries in Kansas still standing on a main street. The Museum sits on the South side of what was once Main street in Ellsworth. The complex consists of many buildings from around the county that were built about the same time period.

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Fort Harker Museum Complex
Ft Harker
Fort Harker
309 W. Ohio Street
Kanopolis , KS  67454

(785) 472-5733

What is now the City of Kanopolis had its beginnings in 1864 when Lt. Allen Ellsworth and a company of men established Fort Ellsworth about a mile and a half south of the guard house museum. In November 1866 Fort Ellsworth was abandoned and Fort Harker established. Besides the native stone guardhouse there remain in Kanopolis three other fort buildings. All fort buildings were built in 1867.

Kanopolis Lake
Kanopolis lake
Kanopolis State Park
200 Horsethief Rd.
Marquette, KS  67464

(785) 546-2565

Kanopolis State Park is on the eastern shores of Lake Kanopolis. The park was the first Kansas State Park established in 1955. The park features a full-service marina, beaches, picnic areas and cabins, as well as trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking.There are over 300 campsites distributed throughout the 14 campgrounds. Buffalo Track Nature Trail is an enthralling 1.5 mile route rich in native plants and wildlife, as well as Native American history. There are more trails and some will require more than one day to hike. Come see all the wonderful sites and enjoy Kansas on the outside. For more information visit the Kanopolis State Park website.

Mushroom State Park
Mushroom Rock
Mushroom Rock State Park
200 Horsethief Road
Marquette, KS  67464

(785) 546-2565

This 5-acre park is part of the Smokey Hill region. The Dakota Formations are the remains of beach sands and sediments of the Cretaceous Period about 144 to 60 million years ago. Sandstone and sedimentary rock, is held together by natural cement. The concreations that make up Mushroom Rocks are cemented calcium carbonate. The largest rock measures 27 feet in diameter. This park was donated to the state by the Ellsworth Historical Society in 1965. For more information visit the Mushroom Rock website.

Wilson Lake
Wilson Lake
Wilson Lake
#3 State Park Road
Sylvan Grove, KS  67481

(785) 658-2465

Wilson Lake, one of the clearest lakes in Kansas, offers over 9,000 water surface acres and over 100 miles of beautiful shoreline making it one of the most scenic and better fishing areas in Kansas. On the south side of the lake is Wilson State Park. It is divided into two regions: Hell Creek and Otoe. 5 park areas are provided which include both primitive and utility camping sites. Some cabins with plumbing and electricity are available. Mountain biking and hiking are also enjoy in the area. For more information visit the Wilson Lake website.

Prairie Trail Scenic Byway
Sun flower
Field of Sunflowers
When you travel the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, you follow in the steps of Native Americas, explorers and pioneers as they sought food, shelter, adventure and a better life. Early traders followed the nearby Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico, 19th-century cowboys drove cattle along the Chisholm Trail, and huge herds of bison roamed the majestic Flint Hills.

Historians believe Francisco Coronado surveyed the countryside from Coronado Heights just north of the Byway in the early 1540's. Other famous visitors included Zebulon Pike and "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Immigrants from faraway lands, including Sweden, also settled in the area. For more information about all the great Kansas Scenic Byways visit their website.

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Post Rock Scenic Byway
Post Rock
Limestone Fence Post
Take a drive along the Post Rock Scenic Byway and  you can envision a time when the first buffalo roamed through the tall and short grasses of the Smoky Hills. Petroglyphs are dotted throughout the rugged Dakota sandstone bluffs around the clear blue water of Wilson lake and give evidence of native Indian hunting grounds. The immigrants trained as stone masons first used the limestone as building blocks for houses, barns, bridges, churches, and many more buildings in the area. The first fence row of stone posts were set in 1873 by Charles Sawyer. When a prairie fire swept across the country, the stone fences were still standing. That transformed the open range into productive farmland. For more information visit the Kansas Scenic Byways website.

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