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Mt. Sunflower: Mt. Sunflower is surrounded by a typical western Kansas pasture.  During the summer months, the yucca plant blooms with all its glory, and many types of Kansas wildflowers dot the native buffalo grass.  The smell of sagebrush assures you that you are indeed in Kansas.  Wildlife is abundant on the mountainside.  Antelope, deer, prairie dogs, coyotes, jack rabbits and foxes make this spot their home.  Many types of birds spend the summer months raising their young on the prairie.  Hawks, owls pheasants, swallows, and larks are common.

Mt. Sunflower was designated as Kansas highest point in 1961.  A United States Geological Survey officially plotted the elevation at 4039 feet.  True mountains are called such because of a 2000 foot difference in altitude in a 10-20 mile radius.  Since this does not apply to the contour of the land surrounding Mt. Sunflower, it is not considered a true mountain.  Mt. Sunflower is on privately owned land one of the few privately owned high points in the country.  It has been in the Harold family since 1940.

 
Ft. Wallace Museum:
Wallace is home to the Fort Wallace Museum “…the fightin’est fort in the West!” The original Pond Creek Stagecoach Station, built in 1865, is displayed on the museum grounds. This rare relic of the Butterfield Overland Dispatch is the oldest building in Western Kansas. Many legends of the old West served or stayed at Fort Wallace like Wild Bill Hickok, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, William Comstock and George Armstrong Custer, along with his Seventh Calvary. Stop by the Fort Wallace Cemetery and see what is believed to be the only surviving relic of its kind from the legendary division, a cenotaph.  (See below) The Museum also maintains the 1879 Railroad superintendent’s office and residence in Wallace, and the Union Pacific Railroad Depot built in 1891 and used in Weskan.

 
Old Ft. Wallace Post Cemetery
:  This cenotaph, which stands in the old fort cemetery, was erected by the men of Custer’s 7th Cavalry, in Memory of the comrades who lost their lives near Fort Wallace during the summer of 1867. It is believed to be the only surviving relic of its kind remaining from the legendary division.

There are several graves of special interest in the post cemetery.  Two of George Forsyth's scouts are buried here, as well as the members of the German family who, in 1874 were massacred by Cheyenne warriors east of Fort Wallace.  The re-created wooden headstones reflect the names and correct epitaphs of civilians, settlers and scouts who died at the fort.  However, the exact placement of these graves is unknown.  The fort parade grounds are on private property and are inaccessible to the public.

 

Pond Creek Stagecoach Station:  The original Pond Creek Stagecoach Station, built in 1865, is displayed on the museum grounds.  This rare relic of the Butterfield Overland Dispatch is the oldest building in Western Kansas.  The bullet-holes dotting the building attest to the determination of the Cheyenne, Kiowa and Sioux braves to protect their hunting grounds and main source of subsistence – the buffalo.

 

Sunderland-Poe Building:  Large exhibits of the museum are displayed here.  It houses an original Cowboy Chuck wagon with a simulated camp displayed, Conestoga wagon, and Butterfield Overland Dispatch Stagecoach.  All are accented by original barb-wire sculptures created by Ernie Poe.  This building is located in Wallace at the museum.

 

 

 
Barbwire Buffalo:  This 7ft tall 3ft wide buffalo stands tall at the entrance to the museum.  The idea came from the history that resides in the county.  Buffalo Bill and General Custer both hunted here for buffalo.  The horns on the statue are original buffalo horns!  While visiting make sure to see the other barb-wire statues in the Sunderland-Poe building!

Dick Rhea’s pump organ collection has a new home on Main Street in Sharon Springs, Kansas.  The old drugstore building at 117 N. Main Street houses most of his 56 restored antique pump organs.

Rhea has been a collector of pump organs for many years and was running out of space to store and display them. He and his wife, Bernice, have traveled throughout the Midwest, including Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico and put over 34, 000 miles on his pickup to retrieve these antique organs. He recently purchased the building and has transformed it into a museum for his restored organs.  The organs are all different and unique from one another and were built between 1848 and 1914.

The public is welcome to stop by on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-4:30.  Dick will open for special groups.  Special arrangements to see the organs may be made by calling him at 785-852-4951 or 785-821-1101.

         

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