Graham County is one where everybody knows everybody. Everyone is a neighbor and friend. We love to live here for those reasons.

“Ringneck Pride” is the theme of the county. From Hill City USD 281’s mascot to hunting the bird, we love to honor this and each version or interpretation of it.

We are traditional folks who invest ourselves in each community — St. Peter, Morland, Penokee, Hill City, Bogue and Nicodemus. We also invest ourselves in agriculture and recreation. Past, present and future is instilled in us to preserve our community and county.

Some of the most beautiful hidden assets of our county include Antelope Lake shelter houses, Hill City park structures, Citizens State Bank brick mural and Morland’s Pratt Pony Bridge.

• Antelope Lake: A little known fact about the shelters and other structures at Antelope Lake is they were built as a WPA project in the 1930s out of native stone. The lake is also on the state historical list. Antelope Lake is beautiful anytime of year, tucked away in rural Graham County. It encompasses 80 acres. Featuring boat ramps, camping and picnic areas, two shelter houses and an old iron bridge, Antelope is the perfect place for recreation and fishing.

• Hill City park structures: The gazebo and shelter house at the Hill City Park also were a part of the WPA projects in the 1930s. These structures also were built from the county’s native stone. The park is widely and frequently used. There have been several weddings, parties and Chamber Christmas lightings in the park each year. New to the park this year is a concrete walking trail. Winding throughout the park’s three sections, the trail provides a connection to each part and allows those partaking a beautiful view. Hill City also offers two other parks that feature play equipment and shelters, perfect for a family outing or party.

• CSB brick mural: If you ever travel to Morland, you have to check out the bas-relief mural made entirely of brick next to the front door of the Citizens State Bank. It is truly a work of art. Bella Vista, Ark., artist Jack Curran sculpted the mural to commemorate the local paleontology dig funded by National Geographic in the mid-1980s. Curran used past concepts of the plants, animals and terrain found in the area 8 to 10 million years ago along with the modern day digger. Each brick was individually made, for its specific spot in the mural. They were set up for inspection, and then shipped to the site. While the dig site is hidden away on private property without access, the artifacts can be seen at Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays (credit to the Morland Expedition page on www.getruralkansas.com).

• Morland Pratt Pony Bridge: The historic Pratt Pony Bridge originally was made in Nebraska in the early 1900s. There is no bracing, which in the early days of horses and wagons let the horses cross with less reluctance. The one in Morland is one of only two of the Pratt Pony Bridges remaining. The bridge is located in the beautiful city park as you come into town (credit to the Morland Architecture page on www.getruralkansas.com).

As you can see by this sneak peak, Graham County has a lot to offer the recreational enthusiast. We also appeal greatly to those who love to find the hidden gems. We believe our community and county are just that, a hidden gem in our great state. Get out there and get rural. Some of the best things you find are there. Come see us.

Lindsay Bryant is owner of T&L Ranch Supply.