We host the annual Beef Empire Days celebration, 3i Show, home tours,
concerts at the band shell, Art in the Park, and many other events. Our golf
courses and zoo are featured attractions across the state, as are the Finney
County Historical Museum and the world's largest free concrete municipal
swimming pool! It's Worth The Trip!!
From its internationally recognized space museum to its quiet Midwestern
lifestyle; from its outstanding corporate citizens down to its agricultural
roots, Hutchinson/Reno County, Kansas is full of treasures waiting to be
Manhattan is nestled in among the picturesque Flint Hills, so named for
their numerous bands of limestone and flint. These bands of flinty gravel
convinced many an early settler that the land was not suitable for
cultivation. A few resourceful pioneers, however, chose to stay and build
their farmsteads in the sheltered valleys where water was available even in
times of drought and where their cattle could graze on the grassy uplands.
The Flint Hills region still remains largely untouched by the plow and is
the last large preserve of native tallgrass prairie in the United States.
"An integral part of our history can be found in the Fick Fossil and
History Museum, listed among the 25 Great Museums in the U.S. Fossils dug by
the renowned paleontologist George F. Sternberg are among the many displays.
Southwest of Oakley is Russell Springs, the "Cow Chip Capital"
and home to the Butterfield Trail Museum located in the historical former
Logan County Court House. Two annual events make this near ghost town come
alive. Old Settlers Day in September and the Butterfield Trail Ride in June.
"Welcome to Scott City, a prehistoric passageway. Eighty-five million
years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the land, an inland sea covered western
Kansas. The rocks formed during these times contain many important marine
animal fossils. During the more recent Pleistocene Epoch (one million years
ago), when continental glaciers entered the northeastern corner of Kansas,
mammoths and saber-toothed cats lived in the region around modern Scott