Erected in honor of Kansas Governor Robert Docking who served from 1967 to 1975.
One of the most exciting and unique playgrounds for children of all ages has come to Augusta, Kansas. This creative playground located on North Ohio Street in Augusta, Kansas in Shryock Park on the City Lake has truly been a product of community effort. Nearly everyone in the community has played a part in some way in making this project happen. Even school-aged children played a part in the design phase, contributing their ideas that helped shape the design of the park.
Upon visiting the park, parents will be impressed with the design. There is a shaded bench area where parents may sit and read while their small children play. The park is entirely enclosed with only one entry and exit – right by the covered bench. So children won’t be able to wander off without mom or dad noticing. The park is divided into two general areas. One for larger children and the other for smaller children. A fence divides the two areas. Swings that can accommodate handicapped children are available in both sections. The grounds are covered with cedar mulch providing a soft “landing” for children who might be prone to climbing and then falling. Safety and fun are both incorporated into the park.
The Augusta Country Club golf course is a nine hole course, each with its own set of additional tees which allows it to be played as an 18 hole course. The club house is complete with snack bar, lounge and a full line golf shop.
Weekly Men’s Club is played each Tuesday evening between the second Tuesday in April and the first Tuesday in October. Ladies Club is played on Wednesday during the day and on Thursday evenings.
The Fine Arts Center and Gallery features exhibits, classes, and hosts special events for the art community.
Over 28 metal sculptures including deer, bison, and other giant creatures adorn this hill.
The U.S. Treasury Department commissioned the oil mural, “Kansas Gusher” by Donald Silks which has been placed on the National Register.
The Augusta Historical Museum houses over 30 exhibits of regional history. Visit the two-story log cabin on its original site which served as post office, general store, and school. The Museum offers rotating exhibits covering time era from the mid 1800s throughout the 1940s. Each June the Museum presents “A Day in the Life of the James Trading Post,” featuring demonstrations of pioneer skill and handcrafts and other life-styles of the period.
Visit the gift shop where local and state memorabilia, along with various collectibles, t-shirts, sweatshirts, books, and cards may be purchased.
See Augusta’s first building – the 1868 C.N. James log cabin, which stands on it’s original site.
A must see while traveling across Kansas. The Augusta Historical Museum is home to the 1868 C.N. James Log Cabin and Trading Post. The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only two log cabins on its original site in the State of Kansas. It is the oldest building in Augusta and one of the oldest landmarks in Butler County. The cabin is being restored to its 1868 use as a trading post.
When visiting the C. N. James Log Cabin you feel the warmth, determination and struggles of the early pioneer. Built in 1868, the cabin stood 1.5 stories tall and was known as the Shamleffer and James Trading Post. The cabin is built of hand-hewn cotton wood logs from along the Walnut River. Some of these logs are 12″ to 14″ in width.
Augusta’s first school classes were held in the upper loft and it became the meeting place of the Baptist and Methodist churches and the Masonic Lodge. Over the years it was used as a boarding house, residence and woodworking shop. In 1939, it was purchased by the Augusta Historical Society, who restored the building and opened it for a museum as part of the Historical Museum complex.
The attached museum is filled with artifacts from Native Americans, the Early Pioneers, the arrival of the Railroad, and the Oil Boom. These items and other rotating exhibits depict life in Augusta from the mid 1800’s through the 1940’s.
Museum Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11a – 3p; Sat./Sun. 1p – 4p; Tours available.rn
With exhibit space of 16,500 sq. ft., the Kansas Museum of Military History houses a collection of military vehicles, uniforms, and airplanes. You’ll experience and learn about Kansans in military confrontations from Indian Wars through the current Iraq War. rnA Penguin training airplane from the 1920s to ’30s and a German submarine helicopter are just some of the museum’s exhibits. Augusta was one of the first towns in the nation to hold a bond drive during World War II. In one month they raised enough to purchase an air-sea rescue boat for the U.S. Navy, the Seahorse, which was credited in saving more than 30 lives during the war. War history and a one-tenth scale drawing of the boat are on display. rnThe museum is dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, restoration, and display of military artifacts and there are over 10,000 artifacts from an airmail post card to an M-60A3 Main Battle Tank.
- BD5 Experimental Airplane
- “Penguin” a 1930s Trainer
- “Quickie” a Bert Rutan Designed Airplane
- “Pizza Peddler” a motorized hang glider
- “Easy Riser” a motorized hang glider
- 1/4 scale Bombardier Water Bomber
- 1/10 sacle metal models
- Over 350 plastic models
- 1930’s Air Way Beacon
- Propellers, instruments, flying suits, air mail bags, photgraphs, books and magazines
- 1965 US Army UH-1 Huey Helicopter
- 1969 US ARmy OH-58 Kiowa Helicopter
- 1936 Banty Gas Tractor – Aircraft Tug
- 1942 Dodge 3.4 ton Weapons Carrier
- 1942 Chevy 1.5 ton Fire Truck
- 1942 Ford 1.5 ton Cargo Truck
- 1945 Landing Vehicle, Tracked
- 1950 M-38 1/4 ton Jeep
- 1962 M-151 1/4 ton Jeep
- 1966 M-416 1/4 ton Jeep Trailer
- 1966 M-151A2 1/4 ton Jeep
- 1966 M-274A2 1/2 ton Army Mule
- 1966 M-7151 1/4 ton Cargo Truck
- 1982 M-10101 1/4 ton Ambulance
- M-60A3 Main Battle Tank
- M-551 Airborne Armored Assault Vehicle
The Air Museum has over 30 military uniforms displayed on manikins with over 30 more uniforms that will be displayed in the near future. Our uniforms cover World War I to Desert Storm. We know the men and women who wore the uniforms.
The Augusta Historical Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a perfect example of the architectural elegance and grandeur of movie palaces in the 1920s and 1930s during the height of grand theatre building in the United States. The Augusta Theater opened June 19, 1935. David and Aline Bisagno spared no expense in giving Augusta, Kansas, a movie palace that would become the “architectural centerpiece of the community.”
Chicago architect, L.P. Larsen was chosen by Bisagno for his innovative stadium auditorium design and emphasis on neon lighting. Apparently, the Augusta Theatre was the first theatre in the nation to be lit entirely by neon. It’s brightly lit neon marquee with sunburst designs and a rainbow of flickering colors beckoned the citizens of Augusta to many evening performances. The facade of the theatre was faced with individual tiles of Carrara structural glass. This dazzling design of green and silver-etched black glass gave the theatre “a badge of distinction” and the entire downtown a dramatic focus.
The elaborate Art Deco interior, including ornamental plaster, canvas murals, and stenciled ceiling tiles were all designed by Hans Van Voss from Holland. WAlls are laced throughout with ornamental plaster designs in black, silver, salmon, and green. This color scheme is consistent throughout the theatre, giving an overall unification to the design. No details were overlooked as doors, grill work, and fixtures were all designed to give an Egyptian feeling to the theatre.
In 1989, the Augusta Arts Council purchased the theatre from the Bisagno Family and is committed to seeing that it is preserved as a movie and live theatre facility, so that it may continue to be a vital part of the community and an important landmark of American Architecture.