Other Central Flint Hills Regional Communitites
Alma Creamery: The dairy store at 509 E. Third St. sells Alma cheeses, milk and other Kansas specialty food products.
Kansas Auto Racing Museum: The 21-acre museum complex is at the beginning of the Joe Engle Chapman Historic Trail Walk. The 3.6-mile trail walk combines nature and scenic sites and includes stops at two historic sites on the National Registry. Visit www.kansasautoracingmuseum.org.
Utility Park and Zoo: The small zoo in Utility Park features a black leopard, a monkey, a black bear, emus and more. The free zoo is undergoing renovations that aim to triple its size and improve animal habitats. The park also has a fishing pond, playground, fountain, picnic area and walking trails. Visit www.claycenter.info/cczoo.html.
Historical Society Museum: The Onaga museum complex exhibits local historical items in its two main museum buildings and on its grounds you will see a Union Pacific caboose, furnished log cabin and one-room schoolhouse. Visit www.cityofonaga.com/onaga-historical-museum.
Historical Walking Tour: Follow the walking tour graphic panels through Seneca’s Main Street district and learn about 13 historical sites with stories of the Pony Express Riders, the beginnings of the newspaper and telephone company, the award-winning library, the original Nemaha County Jail and more. Grab a guide from the kiosk at Fourth and Main streets or download the walking tour’s podcast. Visit www.seneca-kansas.com/community/points-of-interest.
Indian Pay Station and Museum: The Indian Pay Station, the oldest building in Pottawatomie County, was built in 1857 by the all business between the Pottawatomie and the government took place. Visit www.smks.info/museum.html.
Kansas Landscape Arboretum: Near Wakefield, the arboretum has more than 1,000 species of native and exotic woody plants adapted to the Kansas environment. Much of the area is left in native vegetation, and foot trails provide easy access to both prairie and woodland habitats. Tours can be scheduled. Call 785-461-5760 for more information.
Wakefield Museum: The museum features more than 6,000 feet of displays showcasing local artifacts, newspapers, obituaries and family histories. Visit www.wakefieldmuseum.com.
Historic Hand-dug Well: The well was constructed in 1914 by men using only picks and shovels. The old city water well is reported to be the second-largest hand-dug well in the world. Visit www.westmorelandkshistory.org.
Lazy Heart D Ranch: The ranch offers hands-on bison artifacts such as bones, skulls, wool and robes. A wagon tour is available to see and feed the bison. Visit www.lazyheartdranch.weebly.com.
The Rock Creek Valley Historical Society Museum: The free museum houses many historical items from the early settlement of this area along with period furnishing in the main building, old stone church, log cabin, annex and Wiziarde Barn that make up the museum complex. The old stone church was built by the German Evangelical Association in 1871 and features church items from the early days, antiques, memorabilia from local sites and a replica of an early 1900s-era kitchen. Visit www.westmorelandkshistory.org.