This is a very well presented museum of the evolution of the Cavalry that housed itself in this fort. It had many famed people and names to attach to the adventures of the cavalry, with Custer being only one of many. There are a number of valued art pieces on display, also. There is also an adjacent 1st Division Museum that is worth the visit, a...more
He really did not live in this specific home, but a similar one. This home was restored along with many others along the traditional old street where officers and gentry lived. The homes are from the original times when built in 1855 from local limestone, and withstood the weather well. Custer had left wife Libby to attend to the house duties but...more
The fort dates back to 1852 when the Army needed to protect the settlers in the area and set up a string of forts to protect those who were traveling out west along the famed trails routes. It was a strong point during the Civil War and many noted Generals came through here before and after the war.more
I grew up watching those old movies with the cowboys and indians. The kind of movies where the cavalry would come to the rescue. I had a love and interest in the US cavalry from that. The US Cavalry Museum on Fort Riley was a place I had to see. I am so glad I did. It is a fine museum with much to learn and great works of art. The museum itself is...more
I am not sure I would say there are any must see activities in Junction City. For me there are because of the interests I have. My very favorite thing there is the Nature Center at Milford lake. It is a wonderful place. There is a butterfly house, hiking trail, live animals and birds, great displays. It is a place to touch and learn things and is...more
1039 S. Washington Street, Junction City, Kansas, 66441, United States
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100 S. Hammons Drive, Junction City, KS, 66441
Good for: Families
100 S. Hammons Dr., Junction City, Kansas, 66441,
Good for: Families
This is the best place to eat Mexican food in Kansas!! (I was sad for over a year in 2005 when they got shut down by the INS- but as of 2007 they are in business!!)They do have El Cazadors also in Manhattan, KS and Topeka, KS and Salina, KS but the best one is of course the Junction City one. I have many times told them to build one in Wichita so I...more
'BEEF! It's what's for dinner.' Motto of american cattlemen on this sign. If you are craving beef in hamburgers there are several fast food places like McDonald's on Sixth Street west of the Civil War Arch a few blocks. There are different kinds of ethnic restaurants on Grant Avenue as you are going in to Fort Riley. Hamburgers, steak, beef tacos,...more
I asked some people in Junction City where I should have lunch. They all agreed STACY'S was the place to go. When I got there about noon the parking lot was so full of cars I knew that the food was good. Try to get a table near the front. Those tables have old black and white pictures of Juncion City laminated into the table tops. Neat to see how...more
This is the view from Freedom Park at top of the hill where the atomic cannon is. You can see I-70 highway, Marshall Field, and Fort Riley. I-70 connects many of the bigger cities in Kansas and spans the lenghth of the state. I-70 has been called the Main Street Of Kansas. You can get to Junction City from Topeka on this highway and a couple of others.
This sign near the roads means that the Santa Fe or the Oregon trail passed where you are driving. In Kansas less than 150 years ago men, women, and children from eastern states and foreign lands came by covered wagon. These were people who wanted to live free, rely only on them selves or their friends, and they wanted to own land. It was their dream. They loaded every thing they owned into covered wagons and ignored the hard ship and great peril to pursue that dream. Many of them died. Entire families died on the trail.
When you are here in Kansas and other states you will meet the descendants of those people. I hope it will help you to understand the attitudes of many Americans. Those same attitudes of 150 years ago have been passed down. You will meet people who can be independant and yet also very kind or generous. You will meet people who are so fiercely protective of their personal freedoms they may seem rude at times.
Hard to explain all about American culture in just a few sentances. This might give you a brief idea of people here in Kansas. Smile and be polite and you will be treated the same way.
At the Milford Nature Center you can touch the fur of a real skunk or play with a skunk puppet. If you are hiking one of the many trails near Junction City and see one of these small black animals with the white stripes down it's back do not attempt to approach it. They defend them selves by spraying a foul odor on any one who approaches them. The smell is so bad your friends will not allow you to go in the car with them. They won't allow you to approach within 10 meters of them if you are sprayed by a skunk. The smell does not wash off in water. Aside from all of that if a skunk sees you and does not run away then it might very well have the rabies disease.
When you buy gas many gas stations have a store where you can also buy film and soft drinks. It is easy to buy every thing in one spot but don't do it. You will save money if you buy film and batteries in a department store and grocery items at a grocery store. My american friends all know this but I thought I would share this advice with those who have never been here before.
Washington Street will take you to the old heart of Junction City. That is where the old down town buildings are and some of the parks and restaraunts as well. Junction City suffers a problem that is common in some Kansas towns. Big stores got lots of cheap land at the edge of town and built huge businesses there. People tend to go to the bigger...more
Wetzel' Log Cabin Church is in a small park near I-70 in Grandview Plaza just east of Junction City. This log cabin was a home and also the first lutheran church. It has a common feature of some old cabins. There is an open center between the two rooms. That was an area where the breeze could blow through and families would sleep there to stay cool...more
The building beyond the historical marker is the first territorial capitol. It is open from 10 to 5 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only and Sundays from 1 to 5. I was there on a Tuesday and only saw if from the out side. It is located on the east side of Fort Riley.more