Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum

31639 US 77
Arkansas City, Kansas 67005
(620) 442-6750 

Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 5PM
Sunday: 11AM - 4PM

Admission by donation

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Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum - Arkansas City, Kansas
Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum in Ark City
Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum - Arkansas City, Kansas

The Cherokee Strip and Land Rush Museum hosts many exhibits related to the history of Arkansas City, Kansas and the surrounding portions of Kansas and Oklahoma. For many years the exhibits related to the Oklahoma Land Rush of September 16, 1893 were the main part of the museum which would interest people from outside the community. But that all changed with the discovery that Etzanoa, "The Great Settlement," was located in present day Arkansas City. 

Etzanoa was a large Native American city of the Wichita people from the mid 15th Century through the mid 18th Century. Relatively little is known about this community and the location was just determined a few years ago, after researchers finally resolved a 1601 map with the local rivers and terrain. The museum provides tours of some of the land which made up Etzanoa and the history of this Native American community will continue to grow in importance as more is learned and developed.

The museum also maintains a genealogy reading room. 

On occasion, the Cherokee Strip and Rush Museum hosts melodramas. When I first visited the museum, "The Ballad of Gopher Gap" was being performed in the evenings. Prior to the melodrama, and during the intermission, you may tour the museum. 

Land Rush Diorama - Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum
Land Rush Diorama


Etzanoa "The Great Settlement"


 Artist's concept of the inside of a thatched home used by the Wichita people

Etzanoa Tour - Arkansas City, Kansas
Tour of Etzanoa

Exhibits in the Cherokee Strip and Land Rush Museum
 


 

The Ballad of Gopher Gap - Cherokee Strip Lans Rush Museum
Cast of "The Ballad of Gopher Gap"

Museum Store
Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum Store

Cherokee Strip Land Rush mural
Mural on the outside of the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum

Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum - Arkansas City, Kansas
Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum Map

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