The fort is an integral part of the region, and a number of military live in Manhattan area.
This museum is very well presented 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. The cavalry school began operations here in 1892 and it lasted through WWI and still the tradition continued til Vietnam era.
The 1st Division-Big Red One also has a fine museum next door that is worth the visit. It has been a part of many hard fought battles since inception and always came away proud and courageous.
Museums are open 9-4:30 Monday-Sat and 12-4:30 Sunday.
There are hundreds of huge wind turbines in the fields to the west of Manhattan and the setting is awe inspiring. So many are twirling in the wind, and the size is hard to imagine until you get up close. A new industry for this windy flat terrain. The wind that rushes through the plains is a good place to have these energy machines.Sometimes that winter wind at 40-50 MPH can get brutal, but the propellers of the wind turbines turn fast then and produce that energy.
This home is one a a string still remaining along Sheridan Street. All have been restored and revamped, but the outside facade has withstood the times of weather, being made from local limestone; little had eroded. The interior of this home is depicting one similar to what Gen George Custer would have lived in during his stay on the fort in late 1866-until death at Little Big Horn in 1876.
There are over 10 homes that were built in 1852 range that still stand today and are occupied by officers families. Renovated on the inside to and they also now have lights, heat and water facilities inside, the outside structures remain intact, but preserved. it is nostalgic to see these type places back from another era. Living was not so bad for them back then, other than disease, and wars; everyday occurance yet.
Junction City and Manhattan are nearly "linked" these days. Over the years urban spread of growth has brought both closer together. Since around WWII there has also been a lot of ties between the two cities, where soldiers live in Manhattan and some go to school there, while the civilian population has civil service jobs on the military base.
Just to the south of Manhattan about 35 miles on Hwy 177 is Council Groves. It has recorded 28 buildings/homes on the National Register of historic and unique preserved buildings. A tour around the town is quite pleasant and all the people in town are proud to show off those places. The town got a start with Seth Hayes building some retail stores and place to eat back in 1857. Then later the other merchants served settlers as the "last chance" to get supplies before heading west and no other place to get provisions for 1,000 miles. The Santa Fe Trail and Oregon trail were key to access through here, and the greenery from the local river attracted many to enjoy the scenery before taking the risk going west.
When I saw that there was a newly constucted scenic overlook facing Konza Prairie on K-177, I thought to myself what a waste of tax payers dollars. Who is going to look at a bunch of hills. Upon further investigation (and I had nothing better to do) I found that they also had picnic tables, trails and benches. The overlook also faces west so watch the sun set in the evening. It is also a decent place for watching thunderstorms/lightning. (But you didn't hear that from me because being out in a thunderstorm is DANGEROUS.) So, okay...maybe it's not a total waste of tax payers dollars.
Oh yeah, and Make out point #4.
Approx 5 miles south of Manhattan on K-177.
At this same park there was a little duckling who had lost its way from its parents and spent most of the afternoon by us...this was one of my MANY attempts to pet the duckling. I actually resorted to getting in the pond, but that proved unsuccessful as well and I almost lost my shoe!
Goodnow House is next door to the history museum. Tours are scheduled in the museum. I did not get to take a tour of the Goodnow house because I was only there for the day and ran out of time. I will have to count on my friend 'HNS' from Manhattan to tell me about it some time.
Kansas State University has an excellent athletic program and an on going rivalry with Kansas University of Lawrence. The Beach Museum of Art, McCain Auditorium, Nichols Theatre, and the 12 acre Kansas State University Gardens are also there.
My Becky and the Tuttle Creek Dam. The Dam measures 7,500 feet long and 157 feet high. During periods of rain the lake will be over 50,000 acres in size. Stop by the visitor center on highway 13 to find out about sailing, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, off roading, and the watchable wildlife around the lake.
Manhattan Town Center is one of many places to shop. I liked this mall because of the way the design of it had incorporated features of the town in the entry way. It seems like part of the down town from this angle. For once a mall has helped revitalize the old down town area of a city.
This is the world famous Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area 6 miles from highway 177 south of Manhattan. In this place an outcropping of flat rocks made crossing the creek a simple matter for horses and wagons. This is a lovely out of the way spot for bird watching or a picnic.
On June 23rd, 2001 my wife and I returned to the 'Little Apple' for a music concert. It is a huge 3 day event with new great bands every two hours. I've added a travelogue about the 'Country Stampede' at Tuttle Creek if you are interested.
The visitor bureau is across the street from the library and the courthouse at 501 Poyntz. I was there on a Saturday and it was not open so I did not get much help from them. They have a web site at www.manhattan.org .