McCracken Historical Museum - McCracken, Kansas
The McCracken Post Rock City Jail Museum is housed in a post rock jail built in 1901 in McCracken, Kansas. It even has two original iron jail cells, which are filled with local history exhibits. There are no regular hours when the museum is open, but the door has a list of the phone numbers of nearby residents who will try to respond when someone wants to tour the museum. They try hard to be accommodating!
Aside from the cool building, the thing that may be most interesting to out of town visitors are the many souvenirs, clippings and photos about the 1972 filming of the movie, Paper Moon, staring Tatum O'Neal and her father, Ryan O'Neal. Several scenes were filmed in McCracken, with more locations in the surrounding area. Almost all of the film was shot in Kansas.
Some of the movie was shot just 2 blocks up the street.
The volunteers who run the museum are happy to help you find other things of interest in the community. They even called other people in town who met us and showed us the 1924 St. Mary's Church, which is no longer active, but is being preserved by a local foundation.
The museum was dedicated on July 14, 2001.
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