Once the area was entirely
covered by glaciers, leaving behind a scenic landscape of rolling, wooded
hills, sharp-edged bluffs, and clear running streams.
In early 2003, the
63-mile stretch of Highway K-7 between
Cloud was designated by the State of
as the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway. The area was once
covered with glaciers, leaving behind a scenic landscape of rolling,
wooded hills, rock-strewn soil and valleys with clear, running
Beginning at the
intersection of K-7 and K-92 in Leavenworth, the byway traverses
Atchison and Doniphan Counties along the same path that Lewis and
Clark traveled over two hundred years ago. Roughly paralleling the
River, the byway has
also been designated by the National Park Service as the official
route of the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Glacial Hills Scenic Byway will take you through rolling hills, rich
farmland and across
River bluffs between
Leavenworth and the
the earliest days of pioneer settlement along the Missouri
River, you will pass through four communities, which are rich in
history and provide a number of attractions.
abounds in Leavenworth, Atchison, Troy and White Cloud, show casing many historic structures. Driving tours
are available in Leavenworth, and
Leavenworth, a walking tour in
White Cloud, and a historic barn tour in Troy.
way, you will discover impressive views of the Missouri
River, historic barns, abundant railroad history, and numerous museums and
sites associated with Lewis and Clark, Buffalo Bill Cody, Amelia Earhart,
and Abraham Lincoln’s 1859 campaign tour through
The entrance to
the daunting walls of the Leavenworth
Federal Penitentiary are at the southern end of the byway. The first
Territory in 1827, you can tour historic
Fort Leavenworth, the oldest
active Army post west of the Mississippi River.
While in Leavenworth,
you can also take a walking or driving tour of the many historic places in
the community. The Historic Wayside Tour features 13 historic sites
along the riverfront in the downtown area as well as 6 additional sites
that can be reached by car. Maps are available at the Welcome Center
North at the corner of Cheyenne & 4th Street, at the Welcome Center South
in Ray Miller Park, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 518 Shawnee.
The city of Leavenworth
has been ranked the number one historic city in the state, June 2001, in
the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index.
Frontier Army Museum
- Reynolds Avenue,
For tour information, call (913) 682-4113, Museum (913) 684-3191, Gift
Shop (913) 651-7440. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Saturday,
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday and Holidays, Noon to 4:00 p.m.; Closed
Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving and Easter. Free Admission, Donations
- 1128 5th Avenue, Leavenworth. The mansion is open May through August, Monday through Saturday, 10:30
a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday, 1 - 4:30 p.m.; September through April, daily 1
- 4:30 p.m. Closed in January and major holidays. Admission is charged. Operated by the
Historical Society, (913)682-7759
First City Museum,
209 Delaware, Leavenworth. The museum is open Thursdays & Fridays Noon - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00
a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For special visits or tours, please call (913) 682-1866
Historic Wayside Tour -
Take a walk back in time to where
the "First City of
Kansas," invites you to step
back in time and explore the rich history of
by visiting our Historic Wayside Tour. Waysides are interactive displays
that feature unique local artwork depicting images of significant
historical people, structures or events associated with the site. Digital technology allows you to hear a recorded narrative with the mere
push of a button. There are 13 waysides located in the riverfront
downtown area that can be experienced as a walking tour as well as six
waysides that can be reached by car. In addition, there are waysides
located within the welcome centers at the north and south ends of town.
The National Fred Harvey Museum, at 624 Olive Street.
Special arrangements for tours can be made by contacting the museum at
you will travel on toward
Atchison, where the route has been designated as
the Amelia Earhart Memorial Highway. The world-famous aviatrix’
Atchison is now a museum.
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