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  • A View Of The Down town
    A View Of The Down town
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  • Cardinal Drug

    A real, honest-to-goodness, old-time soda fountain: Drop into the Cardinal Drug Store (on the main drag downtown) for an old-fashioned soda fountain treat, and a look at one of the dwindling number of such fixtures in use. The soda fountain was not originally part of this store, but purchased, restored, and moved to this location by the owner. The...

  • Austin Bridge

    The following information regarding the Austin Bridge was obtained from the web site of the Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce:"The King Bridge Company constructed the Austin Bridge in 1872. The 160-foot bowstring arch design spanned the Neosho River east of what is now Chanute. Local pioneers invested $15,000 in the bridge for their economic future...

  • Octave Chanute Memorial

    The Octave Chanute Memorial - a mobile sculpture which moves with the wind. It replicates the Wright brothers' flying machine, and commemorates the important relationship between the town's namesake and and the birth of flight. French-born Octave Chanute never was a resident of Chanute, Kansas; however, one of the four railroads he built through...

  • Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

    Martin and Osa Johnson were household names in the 1920s and 30s, adored by millions of people who followed their globe-trotting adventures to film mysterious cultures and wildlife in their natural habitats. Their silent, then early talking movies, introduced our parents and grandparents to unexplored lands in darkest Africa and on South Pacific...

  • Safari Museum is very good and...

    Safari Museum is very good and not very expensive. In the Safari museum you can watch a film about Martin and Osa Johnson's life before going on to see the exhibits. The film uses pictures and film footage actually taken by the Johnsons. I liked the story of their encounter with head hunters.

  • The Chanute Art Gallary is...

    The Chanute Art Gallary is next door to the Chamber of Commerce and half a block from the Safari Museum. There are over 500 works or art on exhibit there. It is unusual for a town the size of Chanute to have such a fine gallary. There are special new exhibits which change every month.


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    by RoscoeGregg Written Oct 19, 2011

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    We stopped here for lunch and worked ot to be very nice. It was clean and the service was friendly and efficient. There is a nice view of town from the window.

    Favorite Dish: We both had a sandwich and some chips. Barbara is a veghead and had a nice offering which is rare in small towns.

    The chips were unusual and good.

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  • Chamber of Commerce is next...

    Chamber of Commerce is next door to Art Gallary and across the street from the parking for the Safari Museum. It is a good spot to get local information. Chamber of Commerce is in a brick building on corner of street.

  • The railroad right of way runs...

    The railroad right of way runs one block paralell to the main street. The old railroad right of way is being turned into a linear park with bicycle trail. Look for it behind the Safari Museum.

  • Chanute has some nice parks....

    Chanute has some nice parks. This is Highland Park. Highland Park is easy to find. It is under the water tower.


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    by brdwtchr Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: You must visit the Safari Museum. It is one of the finest museums in state of Kansas. The museum is based on the exploits of Martin and Osa Johnson. From 1917 to 1936 they travelled the world making documentary films and photographing wildlife. The films they made are historic records of a time that no longer exists and documents cultures which have now been influenced by modern society. The Johnsons were nearly killed several times on their voyages. The museum documents the life of the Johnsons and keeps an archive of over 10,000 photos and films they made. For more information about this fascinating musuem go to
    Photo here is of downtown Chanute's main street.

    Fondest memory: When I was a boy my family went to visit relatives in Oklahoma. We visited a place in Oklahoma called Woolaroc. In the Woolaroc museum we saw the world's largest elephant's head mounted on the wall. We left Oklahoma that morning and drove to Kansas. We stopped at the Safari museum. In the Safari museum was an umbrella stand made from the foot of that very same elephant whose head we had seen in Oklahoma. It became a family joke that we saw an elephant so big it's head was in Oklahoma and it's foot was in Chanute.

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