Step back in time and experience the old west by strolling down Leoti’s pioneer mainstreet at the Museum of the Great Plains. The museum, located at 201 North 4th Street is home to a wonderful display of old west artifacts, local cattle brands, Marion Bonner fossil finds, information of the Bloodiest County Seat Fight in Kansas and much more.
Also, housed in the Museum of the Great Plains is the Wichita County Genealogy Society. A wealth of resources is available for you to research your ancestry. The research library is open Tuesdays from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Wichita County Historical Society has recently renovated an 1892 Victorian Home, the Washington Ames House, located at 110 North 3rd Street in Leoti. Make sure to tour this beautiful home where you can view a turn of the century sitting parlor and tea room. The most memorable collection in the Washington Ames House is that of Margie’s Boutique and Millinery, where you can view many ladies’ hats from the 20th century.
If you’re more of an outdoor adventurer, be sure to visit the Selkirk Well, where you can peer down one of the country’s last remaining hand-dug wells. At 110 years old, the Selkirk Well is an amazing specimen of railroad architecture. This rock-lined structure is the second deepest hand-dug well in Kansas at 102 feet deep and 24 feet wide. Also located at the site is a railroad depot and a Santa Fe Railroad caboose.
Open Tuesday-Friday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Washington Ames House tour by appointment
Call 620-375-2316 to schedule a visit!