Norton county has a variety of historic attractions in the downtown areas of the county’s towns, near Prairie Dog State Park, and along Highway 36. Among the notable is the Adobe house located at the Prairie Dog State Park. The adobe house is the last remaining of its kind in the state of Kansas. The renovated adobe house was built on the site in the early 1890’s. For more information on the location of the state park and the adobe house click here.
Norton County Historical Society Museum:
Norton County has a history dating back to the late 1800’s, and the local county museum has richly preserved artifacts from the area for the public to appreciate at its location at 105 East Lincoln, Norton, KS. The museum is volunteer run and open Wednesdays and Saturdays, May through October, from 2:00-4:00pm
They Also Ran Gallery:
Since 1965 Norton has been home to the “They Also Ran Gallery“. Pictures of unsuccessful candidates for presidents from Thomas Jefferson to John McCain are on display. Each of the honorees has their own concise biography. Famous men like Andrew Jackson share the walls with Horatio Seymour and Rufus King. New York Times publisher Horace Greeley, who once spent the night at stagecoach Station 15 near Norton, is among the distinguished losers. Currently, there are sixty portraits.
The gallery is the creation of the late banker W. W. Rouse, and is located on the mezzanine of the First State Bank of Norton, 105 W. Main. Stop by during business hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment – call 785-877-3341.
For additional information go to www.theyalsoran.com.
Stagecoach Station 15:
In early times, the Leavenworth and Pikes Peak Stagecoach Line ran through the site of Norton. Stations along the route provided food, lodging, and fresh teams of horses. New York Times publisher Horace Greeley spent the night of May 24, 1859 at Station 15 near Norton. Other famous travelers of the old west also stopped here, including Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Roy Bean.
There’s a replica of Station 15 in the roadside park beside West Highway 36. Inside it’s equipped with period furnishings and mannequins in historical costumes. It’s free and can be viewed 24 hours a day. There’s also a tourist information booth in the same park.
U.S. Highway 36 Museum:
Located in the heart of Norcatur, Kansas, (101 S. Dexter Ave) just 15 miles west of Norton on U.S. Highway 36, the museum is decorated with pictures and items of several of the counties along the route, including photos of vehicles, hotels-motels, gas stations and other businesses of bygone eras. Highway 36 is the northernmost highway across Kansas. The U.S. Highway 36 Association was formed in 1913 and represents all 13 counties along the stretch, from Cheyenne on the west to Doniphan on the east.
The purpose of the museum is to maintain the history of all work that has been put in and help promote the timeframe of the highway. The building the museum is housed in formerly was a bank that closed a few years ago. The museum is open year round from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, or by appointment. Contact Bob Strevey at 785-693-4597.
They Also Ran Gallery
Jenny Leiker of Nex-Tech, interviews Lee Ann Shearer about the Gallery They Also Ran in Norton.