Wichita County Historical Society

and the

Museum of the Great Plains

This web site  is for WICHITA COUNTY, Kansas. Not the City of Wichita

Leoti, Wichita County, Kansas

P.O. Box 1561

201 N. 4th St.


Museum Hours:

Tuesday thru Friday 1:00-5:00PM

Saturday and Sunday 2:00-5:00PM

Closed Mondays-will open by appointment


Our main Museum building is handicap accessible.

A chair lift is available to access the basement.  There are wheel chairs available on the first floor and in the basement.  

Museum (main building) collections include: 36-star American flag with an Abraham Lincoln connection, old general store, Western history, fossils, saddles, extensive military from Civil War to Desert Storm, military paintings, toys, wedding, musical instruments, dental, glassware, quilts, and an “Old Town” Leoti, and much more.

1892 Washington Ames Victorian Home

Caboose and Depot with extensive railroad memorabilia

More Information about the Museum and Washington-Ames house on our Facebook page

Engraved Brick Fund Raiser for our  Railroad and Pioneer Expansion project

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   The Washington-Ames House Story  (background and history of the house)

Luke Short, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Bill Tilghman, Jim Masterson, Pat and Mike Sughrue in a rare documented historic photograph.

Prints, posters, and postcards of this photograph available.

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Officers of the Wichita County Historical Society for the Year 2015

President------------Curt Walk

Vice President-------David Braandt

Secretary/Treasurer--Jeanene French

Curator/Archivist----Karen Walk

Quarterly Editor-----Jeanene French

Board of directors-–Darlene Harkness

                             Susan Schrader

                              Dean Wiegers                                 

Webmaster----------Jeanene French


Photograph page


Stories about the Old Leoti Town in the basement

The Broadway Hotel

The Ol' Coyote Saloon

   Items for Sale in the Museum  

Application for Membership for the Wichita County Historical Society

Memory Table Project Completed-Click here for Information

 Wichita County History Book Volume II 

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Selkirk Hand Dug Well

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Map of Wichita County, Kansas  in 1895

  Maps and Information about Wichita County Cemeteries    

List of other Museums in the State of Kansas  

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Omaha Native American Students visit Wichita County November, 1999.  Click here for More information

A Search for the Greatest Treasures......Our Ancestors

Wichita County Genealogical Society

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 This page last updated 03-01-2023


Wichita County’s County Seat Fight - 1887

Leoti City vs. Coronado

Politics, The Press, Voter Fraud, and Shell Corporations.

Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Doc Holiday, and Wild West Gunmen.

Hatred, Lies, and Murder.

 American’s bloodiest county seat battle happened in Wichita County, Kansas in 1887 as two fledgling towns raced for a winner-takes-all election. Told through the eyes of competing newspaper editors, But The Blood reveals that there are always two sides to every story. But who was really in the right? How far would each side go to win? And, in the end, what would victory cost?    

$ 17.99 Hardcover book



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