Hays Things to Do

  • St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Squirrel
    St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Squirrel
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    Walkway from Blockhouse to Museum
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  • Officer's Quarters, Fort Hays
    Officer's Quarters, Fort Hays
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    Fort Hays: Buffalo Memorial

    by atufft Written Oct 3, 2008

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    Fort Hays Buffalo Memorial
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    Most visitors would want to take the Hwy 183 south exit off of I-70 to get to the historic Fort Hays site. This is also the easiest way to get to the Fort Hays State University. But, in my case, I simply continued on Hwy 40 from Victoria, until I turned north onto Hwy 183. In any case, the grounds of the historic frontier fort are outside of town on the west side. The easiest way to find the entrance is by the huge Buffalo memorial. The memorial notes that at one time, 60 million buffalo roamed the North American plains, but then massive hunting reduced them to only 300 in captivity and near extinction. Across from the entrance to the historic Fort Hays is a small bufallo preserve. The memorial to the Buffalo is a large limestone sculpture by Pete Felton, a local of Hays who has sculptures all around the region. This sculpture is arguably his largest. And, on the base are bas reliefs of Buffalo herd behavior.

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    Fort Hays State University

    by basstbn Written Jan 30, 2007

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    The administration building, mid-summer

    I began my college career at Fort Hays State College, and still have special feelings for that college and community. The campus itself boasts some very attractive buildings, and seems to be an oasis from the somewhat desolate countryside surrounding the town and university.

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    Dinosaurs in Kansas!

    by worldglobetrotter Written Jul 12, 2005

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    The large mastodon greets you upon entering museum

    The Sternberg Museum is the long-awaited museum in Hays, KS. Formerly located on the Fort Hays State University campus, the museum was relocated and reopened in its new location, viewable from the Interstate.

    The museum includes a "dinorama" dinosaur display, complete with a mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex (motion-activated). The museum also has a Discovery Room (also has some creepy crawlies and reptiles, including nocturnal animals), a fish-within-a-fish fossil, some Native American memorabilia, a shrunken head, and a photo display of the museum director's trip to Africa. There are also many traveling exhibits located in the museum.

    Admission prices:
    $6 adults (13-59)
    $4 seniors (60+)
    $4 youth (4-12)

    Hours:
    Mondays: closed
    Tues-Sat: 9 a.m - 7 p.m.
    Sun: 1 - 7 p.m.

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    Lending to the wild west image.

    by caffeine_induced78 Written Oct 3, 2004

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    wooden horses don't help much.

    A proper requirement of any "wild west town," is that it must have had a military fort nearby. Take a bunch of men far from women and away from civilization, give them guns and of COURSE it's going to be 'rough and ready.'

    Fort Hays was established in 1865 in order to protect the railroads that for a time terminated in Hays. This was before the line was extended into Denver.

    Several famous westerners such as Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody and Gen. George Custer all passed through here. But in my travels through the west I have found that they passed through just about everywhere. Every town out here is very ready to advertise that fact.

    For a time the famous Buffalo Soldiers were stationed here.

    Admission is 3 dollars for adults, 2 dollars for kids.

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    To die hungry would be horrible

    by caffeine_induced78 Written Sep 18, 2004

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    stuffed

    If you are going to stop in Hays for one reason - this should be it. Kids will enjoy the dinosaurs, adults will soak in the history.

    The Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays is run by the Fort Hays State University. The fossil hunter George Stenberg was named the curator of this museum in 1933.

    This is one of the more famous items at the museum. It's the "fish within a fish." The larger fish is about 10 or 12 feet long. Inside of what was his stomach is his recent lunch of a 4 or 5 foot long fish. He ate his last meal and for some unknown reason perished.

    Maybe after a meal like that he cramped up.

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  • Hays was founded by Wild Bill...

    by jan58 Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Hays was founded by Wild Bill Hickok and the town is full of interesting history. It's hard to choose just one thing. Old Fort Hays on the 183 by-pass is cool but the last time I was there they were doing some major renovations and the best sites were closed. Check before you go. Across the street from the fort is the Buffalo Herd which you have to see. If you're a Western History buff a walk down west 9th and 10th streets is a must. There are historical building there with plaques describing the events or buildings as they were in the late 19th century.

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    Chestnut District, images 2

    by atufft Written Oct 4, 2008

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    Downtown Hays, KS
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    The brick and limestone buildings of Hays' Chestnut District were built after the heyday of gunslingers, Wild Bill, and Buffalo Bill. Most are early 20th century relics.

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    Downtown Hays: The Historic Block, Part 2 of 3

    by atufft Written Oct 3, 2008

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    Water's and Murray Saloon
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    These stories are unbelievable, aren't they? Keep reading, the stories get stranger and stranger. Note the large number of saloons in a town that had at most a few thousand residents.

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    Visit Old Fort Hays

    by basstbn Written Sep 12, 2003

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    Part of Fort Hays

    This small army outpost on the high plains of Kansas was home to the (in)famous 7th Cavalry and General George Custer. Several buildings are opened to visitors.

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