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Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum

Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum was founded in 1966 to honor those who participated in the Cherokee Strip Land Rush of September 16, 1893, as well as to preserve the history of the area.

Experience the history of the Cherokee Strip Land Rush, early Arkansas City, south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma. Learn about the cultures that lived in this area. Visit the Bland School House. Relive life on a prairie farm as you visit the Bill Baird Memorial Pioneer Farm and Garden.

While here, take in the exhibits and the Cowley County Genealogy Library, where you can learn about those who participated in the Land Rush in 1893, early pioneers and more.

Special Events

Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum hosts many activities each year, including a melodrama dinner theater sponsored by the Cherokee Strip Players. In the summer, you can catch a re-enactment and or attend a summer camp activity.

The museum also is host to special exhibits and classes throughout the year that visitors can view or attend with their museum admission.

The recent discovery of Etzanoa, the Lost City, has brought heightened interest to the museum, which offers tours out to the Etzanoa grounds.

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