Battle Canyon – Scott City, KS

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Battle Canyon KSIn September of 1878, after being forced to spend a rough winter in Indian Territory (Oklahoma), the Northern Cheyenne decided to leave the reservation and return to their homeland in Montana. On September 9, 353 people slipped away in the night. The group, led by Dull Knife and Little Wolf, included 92 warriors, 120 women, and 141 children. The group was involved in battles or skirmishes along the way at Turkey Springs and Little Sand Creek in Clarke Co. With these failing to result in capture, a detachment from Fort Dodge, led by Colonel William H. Lewis, was ordered to capture and return the group to the reservation. On September 25, the Northern Cheyenne stopped in the Ladder Creek valley choosing an area known today as Battle Canyon, to wait in ambush for the U.S. Army. The group began to prepare the area for the battle to come. They dug rifle pits on the hill tops (still visible today) and hid the women and children in the cave at the back of the narrow canyon.

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Mid-America All-Indian Center – Wichita, Kansas

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The Mid-America All-Indian Center – Wichita, Kansas

Enter the world of the Native Tribes of the Plains Indians and learn not only about them but to respect their culture and the lives they lived prior to the coming of the white man.  This center is a multi purpose facility housing a museum, a Gallery of Nations for special events, and a gift shop.

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Diamond W Chuckwagon – Wichita, Kansas

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Diamond W Chuckwagon – Wichita, Kansas
Come on to the Empire House at Wichita’s historic Old Cowtown Museum and see a show that is well worth your time and money.  Here you will be entertained by the Diamond W Wrangers as you enjoy dinner and a great show.  The Museum sits on the shores of the Arkansas River near downtown Wichita.

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National Orphan Train Complex – Concordia, KS

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National Orphan Train Complex – Concordia, KS

The history of the Orphan Train is an interesting attempt at trying to give children a home who were homeless at the time.  This period ran from 1854 to 1929 when it was estimated that 200,000 children were placed out of homes across the forty-seven states and Canada.

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Camp Concordia WWII POW Camp – Concordia, Kansas

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Camp Concordia WWII POW Camp – Concordia, Kansas

From July of 1943 until November 1945 through the gates of this POW camp there were 4000 German POW’s. There were also 880 soldiers and 179 civilian employees working at the camp. 

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The Dalton Gang Hideout – Meade, Kansas

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The Dalton Gang Hideout – Meade, Kansas

History tells the story of the Dalton Gang who robbed trains for a number of years.  They were joined by others forming a rather formattable gang.  Although the Dalton brothers had all served as law enforcement officers their paths changed when Bob Dalton, who was serving as head of the Osage police, was accused of selling whiskey.  His brother Grat Dalton also got into some trouble and was dismissed as deputy marshal for “conduct unbecoming an officer”.  Then brother Emmett joined in with them in 1890 and all three were accused of stealing horses.  Bob and Emmet took off for California while Grat was arrested but had to be released because of lack of evidence.

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Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery – Olathe, Kansas

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The Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery Farm
Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery is a small family owned and operated farm winery. In 1864 Fredrick Hoff purchased the farm, and was the pioneer in Johnson County for lager beer production. Having endured many hard times the family has maintained the farm and commitment to agriculture. The fifth generation of Hoff farmers George, Frank, & Thomas Jr. are proud to offer a quality Kansas product to all wine lovers.

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Worst of OKC: Worst Tourist “Attraction” : The Lost Ogle

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For those of us who have lived in the Oklahoma City area for most of our lives, our fine city may not seem like a hot vacation destination. However, there are some locations in OKC that claim to be tourist attractions. Check out the Worst Tourist Attraction nominees and vote after the jump.

Bricktown

I remember that when I was in college, Bricktown was kind of a cool place to hang out. Now, it just seems like it’s full of elderly people riding the boats during the day and drunk kids being annoying as hell at night. With the addition of such gems as Bass Pro, Sonic, Toby Keith’s, and a new McDonald’s, the downslide of Bricktown is now complete.

Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

The Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Worst of OKC: Worst Tourist “Attraction” : The Lost Ogle

Mid-America Air Museum – Liberal, Kansas

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Mid-America Air Museum – Liberal, Kansas

So you thought there wasn’t anything great to see or do in Liberal….right?  Well just get in the car and get there because you are in for a wide variety of delightful things to do and see.  The Mid-America Air Museum is among the great sites.  This is the largest aviation museum in Kansas and the fifth largest in the nation. It is home to more than 105 aircraft and serves as an interactive educational resource for all visitors.

Liberal, once home to a major Beech Aircraft manufacturing facility and a B-24 Liberator pilot training base during World War II, established the museum to help preserve a proud local and national aviation heritage. It is a vision started by the late Colonel Tom Thomas, Jr., who donated his personal collection of over 50 planes to the museum.

The museum interprets and preserves the history of flight through its collection of aircraft and related artifacts, its exhibits and its public programs. It strives for recognition as an outstanding air museum with engaging exhibits and a major collection of historically significant aircraft.

Independent visitors to the museum take self-guided tours. However, guided tours are available forschool, church, corporate and other tour groups. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Tours must be booked in advance.

Two electric carts are available at no charge for use by elderly, disabled, or injured visitors.

Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The museum is open regular hours every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission:
Contact the museum at
620-624-5263

Contact the Visitors Bureau:
Phone
1-800-542-3725
Email
tourism@cityofliberal.com

Dorothy’s House – Liberal, Kansas

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's house.jpgDorothy’s House – Liberal, Kansas

Enter the wonderful world of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with a visit to her home.  It’s right here in Liberal, Kansas. This delightful story written by L. Frank Baum was made into a movie in 1939 starting Judy Garland as Dorothy.

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