Category: Post Rock Country

Post Rock Country

Big Creek Golf Course

Big Creek Golf Course is one of the nicest 9 hole, grass green golf courses in Kansas.

Putting greens, a driving range, and rental carts are available. Ladies Day is held on Tuesday afternoon and Men’s Night is held on Thursday evening. Tournaments are scheduled throughout the golfing season and are open to the public.

Big Creek Golf Course is one of the nicest 9 hole, grass green golf courses in Kansas.

Putting greens, a driving range, and rental carts are available. Ladies Day is held on Tuesday afternoon and Men’s Night is held on Thursday evening. Tournaments are scheduled throughout the golfing season and are open to the public.

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreational opportunites abound around WaKeeney. The town is located in an area offering some of the best bird hunting anywhere. Cedar Bluff Lake and State Park, thirteen miles south of town, offers great fishing, camping, and boating. While you’re there, explore Threshing Machine Canyon?the site of an Indian attack on a wagon train in the Nineteenth century.

During the summer, baseball, tennis, swimming, golf, and car races are popular. In addition to ball fields, the city maintains several parks for public use.

Eisenhower Park / I-70 Access Road rnWarren-Keeney Park / North Sixth Street rnScout Park / 9th & Russell rnNorth Pole Park / Main Street rnClayCamp Memorial Park / 3rd & Hazel rnSwimming Pool (785) 743-2167 / 716 N. 6th

Butterfield Overland Despatch Trail

Stone markers can be seen where this trail crosses the north-south country roads. The Butterfield Overland Despatch followed the route of the old Smoky Hill trail from Atchison to Denver.

In 1865 the Butterfield Overland Despatch was established by Dave Butterfield in the southern part of what later became Trego County. It was originally established to run freight and then later carried passengers. The trail followed the Smoky Hill River from Fort Leavenworth to Denver and was the shortest route between the two but was not always the safest. The stations in Trego County included Stormy Hollow, Bluffton, White Rock, and Downer. Downer Station was the only home station in Trego County. The BOD was used until 1878 when the railroads moved west. Today the trail is marked and you can still see some of the wagon ruts.

Emanuel Lutheran Church

The Emanuel Lutheran Church was constructed in 1902 of native limestone quarried near Threshing Machine Canyon located along the Smoky Hill Trail. P.A. Nelson quarried all of the stone for the church and his nearby home. Mr. Nelson would pack a bottle of water and a sandwich each day and ride his horse from this location to the quarry.

Mr. Hughes was the main builder of the Church, and Mr. Schutte form Ellis constructed it’s arches. The original name was Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Emanuel Church and was established by early settlers from Sweden. Services were held at 6:00 am on Christmas morning.

There is still an active congregation which celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in April of 2000.