“Regional history of Baxter Springs”
The Baxter Springs Heritage Center & Museum, functioning under the Baxter Springs Historical Society, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich regional history of Baxter Springs, Kansas. The Baxter Springs Historical Museum is filled with exhibits depicting the various stages of the city's history from the days of the Osage Indians through the Civil War and the lead and zinc mining era. Enjoy twenty thousand square feet of climate-controlled historical exhibits for your pleasure.
With 20,000 square feet of space dedicated to telling the unique history of this area, you can't go wrong stopping by to see this museum. From Civil War exhibits to, of course, Route 66 stuff, there's something for everyone at the Baxter Springs Heritage Center. The historical society also hosts tons of events and even do "living history" type presentations. Dedicated people combine with interesting exhibits to make a neat museum. It's one of only a handful of Kansas Route 66 places you must visit on the short 14-mile stretch of Route 66 in Kansas.
What a gem! Do not miss this one if you appreciate a community that is proud of its heritage and makes a great effort such as this amazing museum to communicate it to the public. It was cool, inviting and had lots of personal items to view which gave it an intimate feel that is often lost in giant "big-city" museums. We liked seeing the giant tank outside and walking around the grounds as well. Daylight driving time is precious but we were glad to spend an hour here soaking up the history and culture of Baxter Springs.
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Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum
- Sun: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
- Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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