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Area attractions in northwest Kansas

Decatur County

* OBERLIN -- Decatur County Museum, 258 S. Penn, Last Indian raid in Kansas, Indian artifacts, (785) 475-2712.

* OBERLIN -- Sappa Valley Park Area, 3 miles east of Oberlin on U.S. Highway 36 and 6 miles north. Open year-round, (785) 475-3441.

Ellis County

* ELLIS -- Walter P. Chrysler Home, 102 W. 10th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission fee.

* ELLIS -- Ellis Railroad Museum and Gift Shop, 911 Washington, (785) 726-4493, railroad memorabilia, railroad art and photographs, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

* ELLIS -- Bukovina Society of the Americas museum, Eighth and Washington, (785) 726-4568 or (785) 726-4201, by appointment only.

* HAYS -- Hays Aquatic Park, Fourth and Main, (785) 623-2653. Open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Seasonal. Admission fee.

* HAYS -- Blue Sky Miniature Horse Farm, (785) 625-6725. By reservation only.

* HAYS -- Ellis County Historical Society Museum, 100 W. Seventh, (785) 628-2624, 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. No admission fees, donations accepted.

* HAYS -- Plymouth Stone Country Schoolhouse, original 1874 one-room schoolhouse, 600 Park, (785) 628-8202. By appointment only.

* HAYS -- Historic Fort Hays, U.S. Highway 183 Alternate, (785) 625-6812, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Closed major holidays. No admission fees, donations accepted.

* HAYS -- Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg, (785) 628-4286, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Closed major holidays. Admission charged.

* HAYS -- Volga-German Haus, 100 W. Seventh, (785) 628-4286 or (785) 628-8202. By appointment.

* HAYS -- Boot Hill Cemetery, 18th and Fort, daily.

* HAYS -- Hays Arts Center, continuous display of art exhibitions, 112 E. 11th, (785) 625-7522, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

* HAYS -- Kansas Merci Boxcar Museum, 13th and Canterbury, by appointment (785) 628-8202.

* HAYS -- Historical Hays City Downtown Walking Tour, downtown Hays, (785) 628-8202 for tour brochure. Open 24 hours.

* HAYS -- Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, Main and U.S. Highway 183 Alternate, (785) 625-3425. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tours by appointment.

* VICTORIA -- St. Fidelis Catholic Church, 900 Cathedral, (785) 735-2777. Open daily, guided tours with prior arrangements.

Logan County

* LOGAN COUNTY -- Monument Rocks National Landmark, Butterfield Trail marker. No services available and road is impassable in inclement weather. Daylight hours. Approximately 25 miles southeast of Oakley on U.S. Highway 83 and unpaved roads, (785) 672-4862.

* OAKLEY -- Fick Fossil and History Museum, 700 W. Third, fossils, 1886 depot, sod house, fossil artwork, changing exhibits, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Day to Labor Day.

* RUSSELL SPRINGS -- Butterfield Trail Historical Museum, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

* OAKLEY -- Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, 3083 U.S. Highway 83. Home to bronze Buffalo Bill sculpture voted one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art. www.buffalobilloakley.org

Ness County

* NESS CITY -- Ness County Bank Building, U.S. Highway 283, restored historic limestone building, contains a Kansas products gift shop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

* NESS COUNTY -- Goodman Dam, 40 fishing acres, 200 hunting acres.

* NESS CITY -- Ness County Historical Museum, 123 S. Pennsylvania, (785) 798-3298, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Norton County

* NORTON -- Gallery of Also Rans, First State Bank in downtown Norton, focuses on unsuccessful presidential candidates, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

* NORTON -- Adobe House, Prairie Dog State Park, by appointment, (785) 877-2501.

* NORTON -- Norton County Historical Museum, 1010 N. Second, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

* NORTON -- Hillmon School, built in 1836, Prairie Dog State Park, (785) 877-2501.

* NORTON -- Stagecoach Station 15, Roadside Park, U.S. Highway 36, (785) 877-2501.

* NORTON -- Sebelius Reservoir and Prairie Dog State Park. Shower house, beach, camping, reservable shelter.

Osborne County

* OSBORNE -- Osborne County Courthouse, 400 W. Main, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* OSBORNE -- Osborne County Historical Museum, Schoolhouse No. 1 on location, one block west of U.S. Highways 24 and 281, (785) 346-2418, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Phillips County

* KIRWIN -- Kirwin Reservoir and Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge, one of 500 refuges administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but only one of four of its kind in Kansas. Habitat and wildlife-dependent recreation, primitive camping and tent or recreational vehicle camping. (785) 543-6673.

* LOGAN -- Dane G. Hansen Museum, 110 W. Main, featuring Smithsonian traveling exhibits and permanent collector of guns, coins, Japanese artifacts and Hansen family memorabilia, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 am. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and holidays.

* PHILLIPSBURG -- Fort Bissell Museum, West U.S. Highway 36, pioneer fort and museum, 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Rooks County

* STOCKTON -- Rooks County Historical Museum and Log Hotel, South U.S. Highway 183, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Thursday through Sunday by appointment, (785) 425-7217.

* WEBSTER -- Webster Reservoir, 10 miles west of Stockton on U.S. Highway 24. Camping, shower house.

Rush County

* LA CROSSE -- Rush County Historical and Post Rock Museum, 200 W. First. Santa Fe railway depot filled with artifacts and history of limestones used as fence posts and building material, (785) 222-2719 or (785) 222-3560.

* LA CROSSE -- Barbed Wire Museum, 120 W. First, history of barbed wires used on the prairie, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May through mid-October.

Russell County

* LUCAS -- Garden of Eden and cabin home of S.P. Dinsmore, Second and Kansas, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

* LUCAS -- Grassroots Arts Center, 213 S. Main, exhibits of primitive art, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, April to December.

* LURAY -- Geodetic Center of North America, North American surveys primary station, (785) 698-2374.

* RUSSELL -- Gernon House, 818 N. Kansas, 1872 Post Rock home, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

* RUSSELL -- Oil Patch Museum, Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 281, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

* RUSSELL -- Fossil Station Museum, 331 Kansas, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

* RUSSELL -- Deines Cultural Center, 820 N. Main, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

* WILSON -- Kansas Originals Market, Interstate 70 interchange, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

* WILSON -- Post Rock buildings, Main Street, (785) 658-2570.

* WILSON -- Post Rock Scenic Byway, Kansas Highway 232, a scenic drive on an all-weather road between Wilson and Lucas.

* WILSON -- Wilson Lake and State Park. Campsites, handicapped-accessible courtesy dock. (785) 658-2465.

Sheridan County

* HOXIE -- Mickey Museum, U.S. Highway 24, collectibles and historical artifacts, call for appointment, (785) 675-3501.

* STUDLEY -- Cottonwood Ranch, 18 miles west of Hill City on U.S. Highway 24, historic 19th century English sheep ranch. Tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Smith County

* LEBANON -- Geographic center of the contiguous United States, 1 mile north and 1 mile west of Lebanon. Souvenirs available at LaDow Supermarket, call for appointment, (785) 389-3611.

Thomas County

* COLBY -- Northwest Research Extension Center, 105 Experiment Farm Drive, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* COLBY -- Prairie Museum of Art and History. Rare dolls, glass, furniture, antiques, Kansas' biggest public barn. 1905 S. Franklin, frontage road between Interstate 70 exits 53 and 54, (785) 460-4590, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free.

* COLBY -- Thomas County Courthouse. Listed on National Register of Historic Places, built in 1906. 300 N. Court, (785) 462-4500, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Trego County

* CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR -- Southern Trego County. Rental cabins, shower houses, beach areas, camping spots, fish cleaning station. (785) 726-3212.

* WaKEENEY -- Trego County Historical Museum, by appointment, (785) 743-2964.