Photo By: Nathan Lee
The Stockade Museum is enclosed by a replica frontier stockade. The museum displays a multitude of photographs and artifacts which help tell the fascinating story of Medicine Lodge and the surrounding area. Also, an 1877 Log Cabin, Gypsum House, and Old Jail can be found inside the Stockade walls.
This house in Medicine Lodge was the home of Carry Nation who became known for her public demonstration for temperance during prohibition. She began by throwing bricks, and eventually used a hatchet to damage local saloons and their contents. She was thrown in jail and was labeled "the hatchet lady" by newspaper reporters.
The Greater Barber County Historical Action Association, Inc. (GBCHAA) was organized for the purpose of preserving the history of Barber County, Kansas; through the enhancement of existing historical groups, development of a cultural and historical center and to the encouragement of economic development in Barber County.
Veterans Memorial pictured above.
Kiowa was one of the five official Kansas starting points for the Cherokee Strip land rush of 1893. Kiowa was also the place where Carrie Nation began her hatchet-wielding campaign against "demon rum" and the musuem still has her chosen weapon.
A visit to the Pratt County Historical Museum at 208 South Ninnescah is like instant time travel back into the days when America began building an empire out of a vast prairie. The Pratt County Historical Society has created four galleries which depict scenes from early day Kansas homes and businesses. People of all ages find the Pratt County Museum unique and interesting.
Created for the purposes of preserving the heritage of Comanche County. In June 1975, Joe Maxwell, a local tax consultant and attorney, donated 3.2 acres of land and buildings to the Historical Society for the creation of a county museum. Volunteers spent three years cleaning the buildings and acquiring historical memorabilia from the communities of Comanche, DeLeon, Lamkin, Sipe Springs, Board Church, Creamer, Newburg, Sidney, Stag Creek, and Gap for exhibit in the Museum.
Wildlife in the Pratt area is abundant. There is easy access to world class bird watching, peaking during spring and fall migrations at nearby state and federal wildlife areas. Cheyenne Bottoms, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Pratt Sandhills and Texas Lake are all located within a short distance. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is an excellent resource.
Stan Herd spent his boyhood in Protection and the influence of his early farm life and love of the outdoors shows up in his murals painted throughout Kansas on the walls of city buildings in the small towns for all visitors the see while passing through. More recently Stan Herd has extended his talents to the birds eye view of Crop Art, where he has designed and created art sculptures covering acres of land using soil, rocks, and plants as his medium.
Earl Kuhn's watercolors depict our great ranching heritage, a story about a way of life. His favorite subjects are the cowboy, his livestock and the landscapres surrounding them. Kuhn's studio is located at The Sagebrush Gallery of Western Art in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, where he and his wife Kaye, have owned and operated the gallery and frame shop since 1979.
Photos Courtesy of: Earl Kuhn & Pratt
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