Formerly enslaved African Americans left Kentucky in organized colonies at the end of the of post-Civil War Reconstruction period to experience freedom in the "promised land" of Kansas. Nicodemus represents the involvement of African Americans in the westward expansion and settlement of the Great Plains. It is the oldest and only remaining Black settlement west of the Mississippi River.
Museum in Norton, Kansas
The Norton Theatre was opened in March of 1948 with quite a show lined out. They had the Blue Jay Orchestra play and the Mayor of the town spoke at the opening ceremony. They even had a giant search light out front to light the way.
Athletic park in Norton, Kansas
A prime place to experience the shortgrass prairies of western Kansas, Prairie Dog State Park occupies 1,150 acres on the shores of Keith Sebelius Reservoir in Norton County. The park is home to a thriving prairie dog colony and is the site of the last remaining adobe house in Kansas. The renovated adobe house was built on the site in the early 1890's.
Museum in Logan, Kansas