Here are a few of our Area Attractions for your enjoyment!
The Kansas Scenic Byways Program was formed to identify and designate scenic roadways for the enjoyment of the traveling public in Kansas. Scenic roadways serve as natural, social, cultural and economic resources for the visitors to the state of Kansas, the people of Kansas and the local communities in which the roadways are located. The program is a cooperative effort among private citizens, local groups, local governments and state government agencies.
To see a panoramic history of the area, don't miss the Indian Peace Treaty Pageant. The pageant reenacts the signing of the 1867 Peace Treaty between the United States Government and the five Great Plains Indians tribes: the Kiowa, Comanche, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Apache. Held once every three years during the last weekend in September, the pageant and its related activities become truly a community event. From the early morning until late at night, there is something going on: Indian dances, parades, craft shows, street dances, night shows, food sales, and lots more!
Barber State Fishing Lake is located in Northeast Barber County at the north edge of the City of Medicine Lodge. Camping, picnicking, and fishing are allowed throughout the area. Two boat ramps are available for boat launching, and boats are to be used for fishing only. Barber State Fishing Lake contains good populations of largemouth bass, channel catfish, walley, crappie, bluegill, and carp. Channel catfish are stocked yearly to maintain these populations. Anglers should consult information signs or current regulations to obtain up-to-date length and creel limits. The northern 80 acres of the area are open to public hunting. Species available include deer, turkey, quail, dove, waterfowl, and cottontail rabbit.
Twelve Ranch teams are invited to compete in team events much like day work on the ranch with thrilling action in the Calf Branding, Cattle Doctoring, Double Mugging, Team Penning, Wild Cow Milking. The Ranch Bronc Riding is only one cowboy, riding with a ranch saddle, and 'Ride as Ride Can'. Teams come from all parts of Kansas to compete for the chance to go the the World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo, Texas!
The second weekend in May also spotlights the vivid colors of the Spring WildFlower Tour. Mother Nature surprises and delights at every turn. Whether you choose to take the organized tour or to strike out on your own, be sure to bring your camera and plenty of film!
The rides occur over the same land once roamed by the five Great Plains Indian Tribes. A multitude of wildlife including white tail and mule deer, wild turkey, coyote, and bobcat are often spotted on the trail. With access to 10,000 acres, rider enjoy the wide-open spaces that make this ride unlike any other experienced. Both organized and private riding is provided on the ranch year round.
Turner Ranch... A Tradition of Winning! Check out their website for more information!
Pratt is where the Miss Kansas Pageant is held each year, and the museum features a display dedicated to Kansas beauty queens. Several mannequins wear actual pageant gowns, and a continuum of photo portraits reveal every Miss Kansas since 1955.!
Mural painting by internationally-known Comanche County artist Stan Herd on the Wilmore wheat elevator of the coin toss between Cap Pepperd and Tommy Wilmore to decide whether the town would be named Pepperdville or Wilmore. This mural is within sight of the front door of the Wilmore Community Center, home of the world-famous Wilmore Opry.
The museum is loaded with nature books (trees, shrubs, flowers, weeds, insects of all kinds, fossils of the world, beautiful shells, etc) for those that would like to dwell deeper into a particular area. If you have any interest in nature make sure this visit is on your calendar and come visit Bill and Janet and see their world class exhibits.
The Pageant Drive-In Theatre boasts a 275 car capacity, a 55' x 70' screen, and a fully operational Snack Bar, serving soft drinks, candy, hotdogs, hot buttered popcorn, as well as chili-dogs and nachos. *currently closed*
Built in 1928, the Chief Theater has been a mainstay of the Coldwater business district for generations. Having survived the advent of television and video tape, the Chief radiates a nostalgic charm from the days of silent movies, newsreels and nickelodeons.
Photos Courtesy of: Cyber Lodge
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