Prairie Trail Scenic Byway Towns

Ellsworth, often known as the “wickedest cattle town in the West.  Experience the Historic Plaza Walking Tour of the original cowtown business district along the Kansas Pacific Railroad.  For more about Ellsworth visit t/index.aspx?NID=864   100_1887

Kanopolis  What is now the City of Kanopolis had its beginnings in 1864 when Lt. Allen Ellsworth and a company of men established Fort Ellsworth about a mile and a half south of the guard house museum.Contact
Fort Harker
309 W. Ohio Street
Kanopolis , KS  67454

(785) 472-5733ft harker

Fort Harker Days, Kanopolis, July 10 & 11

Friday July 10 – Hamburger Feed 5 – 7pm @ Commanding Officers Quarters sponsored by Ellsworth County Historical Society.  Suggested donation $6.00 per person.
Saturday July 11 – Parade 10am  Events in the city park include food vendors, games, bouncy houses, entertainment and a free dance from 9pm to midnight.

Lindsborg’s Broadway RFD presents “The Wizard of Oz”

Friday, July 17, 18, 24 and 25

Broadway RFD presents “The Wizard of Oz” for the 2015 summer musical production “under the stars” on the Swensson Park Band Shell. All shows begin at 8:00 p.m. on July 17, 18, 24 and 25. Tickets can be purchased at the gate only. $10 for adults, $5 for 12 and under. Held at the Band Shell in Swensson Park, located at the 400 block of N. Main St. Broadway RFD, established in 1959, is the longest running outdoor theatre in Kansas and seeks to engage the community in stage performances every summer. They are a community-based, volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing the highest possible quality theatrical performances and educational experiences.

Lindsborg Old Fashion 4th of July Celebration

Come join us in the ‘borg for an old fashion 4th of July on Saturday

6:00 pm in Swenson Park

Lindsborg is celebrating Independence Day with an Old Fashioned 4th of July event. The observation festivities will be in Swensson Park, 400 block of N. Main Street. Yummy burgers and brats will be grilled up by the Lions Club at 5:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a patriotic evening. Also included is the Patriotic Parade – Inviting all ages to bring strollers, bikes, wagons to participate in the Patriotic Parade. Meet at 5:00 p.m. at the gazebo in Swensson Park to decorate. The patriotic parade will process through the park from the gazebo and kick-off the entertainment at 6:00 p.m.

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge



2565 Pueblo Road, (6 miles North of Canton, Ks.) Canton, Ks. 67428


All Tours and events require reservations at least one day in advance.

Tours given throughout the year by volunteers of The Friends of Maxwell.

Check our website for more information regarding our fishing lake, cabin for rent, gun range and many more activities available.


May 24th – Trail Ride – Ride the rolling hills of our Prairie and capture sightings of our Bison and their spring babies. Lunch included – Limit on riders, please call for reservations or more information.

May 30th & June 6th – Spring Prairie Wildflower tours. Please call for reservations.

September 19 – Santa Fe Days. Celebrate the Santa Fe trail with a tour and a meal. Presentation by Trail Historian. Please call for info and reservations

September 5th and 12th – Fall Wildflower tours – Viewing of the prairie flowers. Reservations please.

October 2,3 & 4 – Annual Mountain Man Rendezvous.

Fort Harker Days 2014

Fort Harker Days @ Kanopolis is July 11 & 12.

Fri July 11

5 – 7pm Hamburger Feed –  Commanding Officers Quarters sponsored by Ellsworth County Historical Society.

 7pm Forsyth Scouts Descendants Reunion – Jr Officers Quarters  Join Jim Gray for an in depth look at the life of Chauncey Beldon Whitney, Frontier defender.
Saturday July 12
7:30 am Tour of historic Fort Ellsworth celebrating 150 years of its founding. Meet at Fort Harker Guardhouse with Jim Gray as guide.
10am parade, Games, entertainment & food all day and evening in the city park
9pm till midnight   Free dance in the park

Memorial Day Bicycle Ride

It’s Memorial Day 2014 and time for another Roxbury hills ride.  Leaving from the grocery store in Canton at 8:00,  we’ll go up the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway to Roxbury and then west towards Interstate 35 as far as you want to go and then turn around and go back.  This is at least a 30 mile round trip, be prepared.  This is an   unsagged ride.  No charge, no tee shirt, no sags, no kidding, just a good ride in the hills.

I did a hill


August 23                              Santa Fe Days – the celebration of the Santa Fe Trail.  Evening Bison Tour with a meal following.  Prairie life in the 1800’s to be done by a Historian of the area.

September 7 and 14            Fall Wildflower Tour – enjoy the colors of the fall foliage and flowers from the tram with several stops along the way for viewing and pictures.

October 4,5 and 6                Annual Rendezvous – come and experience living history with historical re-enactors, primitive camps, flint knappers and craftsmen.  Join us for demonstrations of prariie life, biurd walks, music, food, elk and bison tours.  Free gate entry . .

Octoer 26                               Fall Fun on the Prairie – sunset bison tour with campfire mewal.  Prize for the best Halloween costume.

Trail Rides                              Dates to be announced.

Mid November                      Buffalo Auction  – watch for the dates and further information

For more details contct Friends of Maxwell, 2565 Pueblo Road, Canton.  Phone 620.628.4455.