66 Kansas Official Travel Guide TravelKS.com House, in Emporia, learn about the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, politician and leader of the Progressive movement, and explore the home that ve U.S. presidents have visited. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library Museum anchors Abilenes Five-Star Museum District,whichchroniclesthehistoryofKansas. Plan a full day in Abilene to tour a cluster of ve museums in four blocks, including Abilene Smoky Valley Railroad, Heritage Center of Dickinson County, Museum of Independent Telephony and Old Abilene Towns staged gunghts and dance-hall shows. Twenty-four historic sites that date to the early 1800s preserve Council Groves frontier heritage. The town was once a stop along the Santa Fe Trail, the rst superhighway of trade and commerce. The town honors its long heri- tage at its annual Washunga Days celebration. Other notable historic attractions, near Marysville and Hanover in northern Flint Hills, include Pony Express Stations operated from April 1860 to October 1861 along the route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. Visitors to Cottonwood Falls can tour the ornate 1873 Chase County Courthouse, the oldest county courthouse in use today. Head way back in time at the Ice Age Monu- ment, which pays tribute to the glaciers respon- sible for present-day Blue Rapids. Four cement o n R i v er Neosh a Rive r 24 56 56 36 54 50 77 77 24 160 400 81 77 77 166 81 77 Marion Reservoir Council Grove Lake Melvern Lake Milford Lake 177 A r k a n s a s R i v e r R e p u b l i can R i v e r L i t t l e Blue Ri v e r 135 70 335 35 TALLGRASS PRAIRIE NATIONAL PRESERVE MILFORD TUTTLE CREEK MUSHROOM RIVER EL DORADO FALL RIVER CROSS TIMBERS EISENHOWER Tuttle Creek Lake Arkansas City Winfield Andover Haysville El Dorado WICHITA Manhattan Salina Strong City Derby Augusta Wellington Ft.Riley North Abilene Concordia ? ? Mulvane Holton Wamego Marysville Hillsboro Lindsborg Hesston Goddard Clay Center Eureka Herington Sabetha ? Rose Hill Douglass Washington Blue Rapids Council Grove Marion Buhler Oxford Haven Belle Plaine Solomon Chapman Clearwater Ogden Maize Halstead Belleville Moundridge Towanda Peabody Conway Springs ? ? Waterville Clyde Frankfort Onaga Canton Leon Whitewater Hope Udall Cedar Vale Alma Goessel Bennington St.George Burlingame Riley Andale Americus Cottonwood Falls Galva Westmoreland Howard Hanover Eskridge Burden White City Benton Belvue ? Assaria Paxico Haddam St.Benedict Dover Alta Vista Pilsen Matfield Green Cassoday Beaumont Oketo Summerfield Vermillion Potwin Latham Clements JunctionCity Wakefield 81 35 Seneca St.Marys Emporia Sedan Caldwell B i g B l u e R . Axtell Barnes 70 FLINT HILLS replicas, the highest about 16 feet tall, feature interactive narratives and sound effects. Outdoors The Flint Hills claim to fame, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, offers hiking and ranger- led tours through the last stand of tallgrass prai- rie in the country. The regions other outdoor superlative, Milford Lake, near Junction City, is known as the shing capital of Kansas. The 16,000-acre prairie lake teems with walleye, bass, blue catsh and the infamous wipersa hard-ghting white and striped bass hybrid. Tuttle Creek State Park outside of Manhat- tan offers activities along 100 miles of shoreline. Visitors nd plenty of options for primitive or cabin camping. For on-the-water fun, paddle the portion of the Kansas River between Junction City and Kansas City that was recently desig- natedaNationalHistoricWaterTrail.ElDorado FLINT HILLS DISCOVERY CENTER HARLAND J. SCHUSTER EL DORADO STATE PARK Flint Hills Discovery Center Chase County Courthouse El Dorado State Park The states oldest consecutive rodeo started in a local pasture.