Limestone: Trego County’s Foundation Stone

Throughout Trego County you’ll find unique white rock formations breaking through our vast prairie. These chalky outcroppings are evidence of the great Western Inland Seaway that divided the North American continent millions of years ago. Today, you’ll find the same rock has been used in many of the most notable buildings you’ll find on the Great Plains.

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Niobrara Chalk

The majority of the limestone found within Trego County’s borders is classified as Niobrara Chalk, a geologic deposit created between 85 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. It is a soft stone formed from calcium deposits that easily flakes apart to reveal fossils of plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, pterosaurs, sharks, and primitive aquatic birds.

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Fossilized Oyster Shells, Image by James St. John

Geological maps show the largest deposits of Niobrara Chalk limestone are located in the southern section of Trego County in the Smoky Hill River Valley, where you’ll find exposed sections at Cedar Bluff Overlook in the Cedar Bluff State Park and Castle Rock southwest of Collyer. More examples are to be found at Monument Rocks in neighboring Gove County and at Little Jerusalem, Kansas’s newest state park which is located south of Oakley. For a tour of these sites head south from WaKeeney on Hwy. 283 to begin at Cedar Bluff State Park & Reservoir, then follow the Smoky Hill River Valley west to each of these formations in Trego, Gove, and Logan Counties.

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Greenhorn Limestone

Greenhorn limestone, or Post Rock, is a hard limestone found along Trego County’s eastern border. It was formed during the Late Cretaceous period along with Niobrara limestone and includes many of the same marine animal fossils found in the softer, chalky variety of limestone. Today, it is quarried along the eastern border of Trego County.

Due to the lack of wood on the grassy prairie, Post Rock limestone was a primarybuilding materialin the 1800’s. Many early construction projects in Trego County relied on this hard stone, when city founders Albert Warren and James Keeney created their “Queen City of the High Plains.” Here are a few of the most notable buildings that utilized limestone quarried in Trego County.

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The Trego County Courthouse

Built between 1888-1889, the grand Trego County Courthouse is an American Queen Anne style building. At the time of its construction it featured an Elizabethan frontage and a 100-foot cupola imported from Europe. The limestone used on its exterior is Post Rock that was quarried locally, as well as limestone brought from Manhattan, KS.

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The building has undergone a few changes since its construction, but still retains its original limestone exterior.

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Kansas Pacific Railway Depot

WaKeeney’s Kansas Pacific Railway Depot was an ornate railway station completed in 1879 with limestone found along the Saline River and Big Creek. On July 4, 1879, Warren, Keeney & Co. held a grand celebration to advertise their land sales. The Governor of Kansas was present and made a speech from the new depot’s platform. At the time, the magnificent, stone railway depot was described as the best and most modern facility between Kansas City and Denver.  It was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad and housed their operations until the 1930’s, and later demolished.

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WaKeeney Opera House

One of the most impressive limestone buildings in Trego County was the WaKeeney Opera House. In 1884, this large, attractive building was the center of WaKeeney’s activities, and  entertainment. It had a seating capacity of 400 and featured ornate murals on the ceiling and walls and a large brass chandelier with Rochester electric lamps. The Oprah House cost $20,000 to build andhoused grocery stores, newspapers offices, land offices, real estate agents, the post office, a bank, the school, and the opera hall. This fine example of Great Plains architecture was destroyed by fire on February 4, 1895 and today the site is home to the Trego County Health Department.

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Emanuel Lutheran Church

Today’s Emanuel Lutheran Church used limestone quarried from nearby Threshing Machine Canyon located along the Smoky Hill Trail. It was built by Swedish immigrants in 1902 and was originally christened as the Swedish Evangelical Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

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WaKeeney Municipal Building

The WaKeeney Municipal Building was a project planned in 1937 by the Work Project Administration (WPA) as part of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal initiative. It incorporates native limestone blocks in a modern design, with a broad staircase that leads up to a sheltered portico.

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The Wilcox School

The Wilcox School, a one-room schoolhouse located 16-miles south of WaKeeney, was built in 1886 with limestone quarried by area’s early settlers along the Smoky Hill River. They cut it from the river’s south shore and hauled the stone to the building site across natural fords or low-water bridges. Visitors can see this historic landmark up close by traveling south on Hwy. 283.

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B.O.D. Markers

A more recent addition of Post Rock to our landscape are the B.O.D. markers travelers can follow along the historic route of the Butterfield Overland Despatch, Smoky Hill Trail. In 1960, Historian Howard C. Raynesford of Ellis, KS researched the location of the trail and had the posts erected at points where it crossed a North/South road. The markers are engraved with “BOD – 1865” and stand on a concrete base that offers more information.

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 Visit the Trego County Historical Museum

To learn more about our region’s limestone deposits we invite you to visit the Trego County Historical Society Museum. Don’t forget to check out the Purinton Fossil Collection which includes many fine examples Cretaceous period creatures that were in both Niobrara and Post Rock limestone.

 

 

Exploring Kansas Legends and Folktales with the Trego County Historical Society

Giant grasshoppers and elusive jackalopes; Kansas is a place of tall tales and legendary characters, but these exaggerations are more than just interesting stories meant to entertain. They are the stories we share to explain the uniqueness of the Kansas character.

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In celebration of Kansas Day, the Trego County Historical Society will examine our state’s many legends and folktales and what they say about the communities that keep these stories alive during a presentation on “Kansas Legends and Folktales” with Jim Hoy.

“Kansas Legends and Folktales”

On Sunday, January 26, historian and author Jim Hoy will present “Kansas Legends and Folktales,” an examination of the history of these stories and how they have helped shape the character of our state and its people. As a former director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University and an authority on the folklife of ranching, Hoy is an authority on the subject and has co-authored “Plains Folk,” a syndicated newspaper column focused on rural Kansas life.

This presentation is funded by Kansas HumanitiesMovement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, an organization dedicated to sharing stories that inspire our imaginations, spark informed conversations, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement through presentations and workshops with experts on the subjects.

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Kansas Day Coloring Contest

Along with the presentation, awards will be handed out to the top recipients of the museum’s annual Kansas Day coloring contest This is the eighth year the Historical Society has sponsored the program for Trego Grade School’s first through fourth grades students and every year the entries focus on places found in Trego County.

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Join us at the Trego County Historical Society Museum in WaKeeney on Sunday, January 26 at 2PM for “Kansas Legends and Folktales” with Jim Hoy. The Kansas Day program is an annual event celebrating our state’s entry into the Union and is free to the public. For more information about this event and others contact the Trego County Historical Society of WaKeeney at (785) 743-2964.

Community Support in the “Christmas City of the High Plains”

Merry Christmas from the “Christmas City of the High Plains!”

People from around the world have come to WaKeeney to celebrate the holidays and make special memories with family and friends under the lights of our famous tree. Located on I-70 halfway between Kansas City and Denver, Colorado, it’s the perfect place for people to gather to celebrate the holiday season. Throughout the year our citizens contribute their time, talents, and funding to continue this wonderful tradition and we’d like to thank them and the organizations who make our Christmas Festival a one-of-a-kind event for everyone.

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Christmas in Downtown WaKeeney

Stringing up thousands of Christmas lights is never an easy job and it takes a team of professionals to get the job done right.

The effort begins long before the Christmas Festival on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Workers from the City of WaKeeney prepare the decorations, wrapping the lights and fresh greenery onto the tree’s metal framework and getting them ready to install. Then, along with workers from Midwest Energy, Western Cooperative Electric, KDOT, and Nex-Tech, they take to their bucket trucks to install everything within a couple of days. We truly appreciate their years of dedicated service to making this event happen, in rain, wind, and snow.

The business community of Downtown WaKeeneyhas supported the Christmas Festival faithfully for 69 years and by doing so have made WaKeeney a special place to celebrate the holidays. This year Christi Werth and Skylin Day at TWI Insurance Services were behind the planning of all the Santa’s Downtown Workshop activities—a fun event kids look forward to every year.

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The Festival Program

What would Christmas be without the sound of Christmas carols, holiday displays, and Christmas cheer? Volunteers from local organizations and private citizens generously offer their talents to create a festival program full of Christmas spirit. Along with the many supporting volunteers, this year we relied on Tom Kreutzer as our master of ceremonies, the Rev. Jon Anderson from the Zion Lutheran Church as our officiant representing the Trego County Ministerial Alliance, and Anita Schneider who led the crowd in singing our favorite Christmas carols.

 

Christmas Spirit Around Town

WaKeeney residents showed a lot of Christmas spirit in 2019 by decorating their homes and yards early with festive colors and lights. The merchants of Santa’s Downtown Workshop rewarded their efforts by holding a contest for the best decorated home. The winning homeowner received a prize of $100 in Wampum bucks they could use at any of the participating Downtown WaKeeney businesses.

Festival guests also had the opportunity to go back in time with the Trego County Historical Society Museum. The “Twelve Days of Christmas” display features Christmas scenes and décor from years past, including the original miniature prototype for the famous 35-foot tree located at the city’s center. The exhibit runs from November 30thto January 6th, so it’s not too late to see if something you remember from your grandma’s house is included!

The VFW Auxiliary kept all our guests warm at their annual Soup Supper. We’ve all come to look forward to the delicious bowls of homemade soup and desserts their members cook up to celebrate the community spirit. Nothing tastes better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter’s night!

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Christmas Shopping Made Easy

Christmas shopping was made easy this year when over forty vendors from the Trego Co. Home-Based Business Association offered their wares during the 19thAnnual Christmas Bazaar. This year’s event was so large it filled the Fairground’s Commercial and 4-H buildings, and the TCHS Commons area with products that ranged from home décor, to health and beauty. The Home-based vendors are an important part of our festivities and we appreciate all the work they do throughout the year to fill this event with their exciting products.

The merchants of Downtown WaKeeney continued their tradition of keeping their doors open for extended hours of shopping. They offered their customers great holiday specials and participated in “Santa’s Downtown Workshop” where children enjoyed different crafts and activities at each of their stores. They also added to the season of giving by sponsoring many giveaways and activities for our festival guests.

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Support from Our Local Officials

Support from the officials of the City of WaKeeney is vital to making the Christmas Festival a success. Mayor Kenneth Roy and our City Council Members: Irene Dirks, John Fose, Brandon Payne, Lynelle Shubert, and Allen Weigel and City Administrator Hardy Howard designate funding for the festival. They split the overall cost of supplies—the fresh greenery, light bulbs, etc.–with the Travel & Tourism Department and allow city employees to get them ready for installation.

As they do throughout the year, officers from the WaKeeney City Police Department and the Trego County Sheriff’s Department were present to help guide traffic and ensure that everyone had a safe holiday celebration. Their presence also provided members of our community a great opportunity to meet the people who keep us safe and prepare Child ID Kits for their children.

A special thank you goes to the members of WaKeeney’s Travel & Tourism Committee for the time and attention they dedicate to making the Christmas Festival a memorable event. Appointed by the City of WaKeeney, this volunteer,seven-member committee includes Lynelle Shubert, Tasha Malay, Skylin Day, Cindy Scanlon, Brianna LaMotte, Kirk Johnston, & Mark Wood and is led by its director, Cathy Albert. Their dedication is the foundation of everything we enjoy at the Christmas Festival.

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Our Special Guest: Santa Claus

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a visit from Santa Claus! Lynelle & John Shubert drove the man of the hour and his elf down Main St. accompanied by two local drummers, Dawson Arnold and Alex Cleland. After flipping the switch that turned on the tree’s lights, Santa and his elf visited with children at Gibson’s Health Mart, where they told him all their wishes for Christmas.

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Thanking the Community

Our gratitude extends to the entire community of WaKeeney for their continued support of the events surrounding the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The traditions found in our “Christmas City of the High Plains” would not be possible without their participation. They’ve helped us and our guests celebrate and create treasured memories that will last a lifetime.

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Looking Forward to the 70thAnniversary Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2020

Next year will be extra special, as we celebrate seventy years as the “Christmas City of the High Plains.” In preparation, we will be building a new Santa House in North Pole Park, funded by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. We are also continuing to sell the “Get Lit” t-shirts for $10 each to complete fundraising for the installation of perimeter lights on the Courthouse, a project planned for Spring 2020.

Thank you to all the people who have joined us in celebrating the holidays in WaKeeney, the “Christmas City of the High Plains!”

Remembering Veterans at the “Wreaths Across America” Ceremony

The Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in WaKeeney will continue the tradition of honoring members of the military at the annual “Wreaths Across America” ceremony on Saturday, December 14, at 11am. The event follows the exact same program held at Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. and will give our visitors the opportunity to show appreciation for the sacrifices made by our military men and women.

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Master of ceremonies Errol Wuertz of the Civil Air Corp. will lead the ceremony, with Rev. Stanton offering the benediction and invocation. This will be followed by a 21-gun salute and taps performed by the Colby VFW Honor Guard during the gravesite laying of the wreaths. Families are welcome to dress their loved one’s graves, and members of the American Legion Riders and Smoky Hill Composite Squadron will lay wreaths for those service members whose families are unable to attend the event.

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Seven specially made wreaths have been donated by the Worcester Wreath Company, the same supplier of the wreaths laid at Arlington National Cemetery. Each wreath recognizes a different branch of the military: the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, as well as the Merchant Marines and the POWs.

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The “Wreaths Across America” ceremony is a very special event for our citizens. Please join us on Saturday, December 14th, at 11am to honor our Kansas veterans and veterans around the world.

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Other WaKeeney Sites that Honor our Military

After the ceremony has concluded take a tour around WaKeeney to find monuments that honor our country’s military. Get up close to an F-14 jet in Eisenhower Park, visit the Memorial to Iwo Jimaat I-70’s Exit 128, and stroll through the Trego County Courthouse Square in Downtown WaKeeney to a memorial to veterans of all foreign wars.

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Celebrate the soldier’s sacrifice at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in WaKeeney on Saturday, December 14th, at 11am during the “Wreaths Across America.”

Celebrating the Holidays at WaKeeney’s 69th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

It’s Christmastime in WaKeeney, Kansas!

Our community elves have decorated the streets of Downtown WaKeeney with garlands and greenery in anticipation of the 69th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30th. It’ll be a day of holiday activities, community gatherings, and Christmas shopping to help you get ready for the Christmas season to come.

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Christmas Bazaar

Place: Trego County Fairgrounds & TCHS Commons

Time: 9 AM – 4 PM

Finding the perfect gift for your hard-to-buy-for friend is easy at the Trego County Home Based Business Association’s 2019 Christmas Bazaar. Vendors are offering a variety of household and beauty items, handmade Christmas decorations, and much, much more!Don’t forget to treat yourself to one of these festive finds!

This year the Bazaar has grown to fill three buildings; the Commercial and 4-H Buildings at the Fairgrounds, as well as the commons area inside the High School across the street. Along with vendor booths, there will be holiday music, door prizes, and a delicious lunch stand to keep you full while you shop.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Display

Place: Trego County Historical Society Museum

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM

Visit Christmas-past at the Trego County Historical Society Museum. The return of their special holiday display “The Twelve Days of Christmas” will be open to the public every day the museum is open from November 30thto January 6th. The collection features holiday and winter treasures from the past that many of us remember fondly from our parents’ and grandparents’ homes.

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FREE Santa’s Sleigh Virtual Reality Ride

Tickets: VFW Hall (Booth opens at 2:30 PM)

Time: 3 — 8:30 PM

Experience the excitement of riding in Santa’s sleigh with a turn at the virtual reality experience VR InMotion’s “Santa’s Sleigh Ride!”This popular attraction is a favorite among Trego’s residents, so get your FREE tickets at the VFW Hall before heading off to “sit” in the passenger seat of Santa’s sleigh.

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Live Reindeer

Place: Main Street

Time: 4 – 8 PM

Meet the animals Santa relies on to get his packages to everyone around the world. Our reindeer guests will be found on Main Street in Downtown WaKeeney. These ambassadors from the North Pole will be waiting, right along with all of us, for Santa’s arrival later under our Christmas tree.

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Child ID Kit

Place: VFW Hall

Time: 4 – 5:30 PM

Give yourself the gift of peace of mind this year by completing a child ID kit with the Trego County Sheriff’s Department for each of your children. The event is open to everyone and will ensure that your child’s information is up-to-date and handled safely.

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Soup Supper

Place: VFW Hall

Time: 4:30 PM

The community spirit is alive and well at the VFW Auxiliary’s Annual Soup Supper. Come one, come all to this communal meal and enjoy a delicious bowl of homemade soup and dessert made by the talent chefs of WaKeeney’s VFW. There will also be a raffle during the event.

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Santa’s Downtown Workshop

Place: Main Street

Time: 5 – 8 PM

Make the rounds of WaKeeney’s Downtown business community and fill your shopping cart with holiday cheer! Visit each store to find great holiday gift ideas, crafts for the kids, and games, snacks and drinks for everyone! Look for the “Santa’s Downtown Workshop” posters at participating businesses and enjoy some shopping time before Santa’s arrival.

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69thAnnual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Place: Main Street & Russell Avenue

Time: 6 PM

Gather together with friends and loved ones under WaKeeney’s 35-foot Christmas Tree to witness the big moment when the Christmas lights go on and our holiday season officially begins in WaKeeney! Throughout the four-blocks of Downtown WaKeeney you’ll find all the colors of the rainbow in swags, border lights and, of course, our beautiful tree in the center of it all. The lights stay on through the New Year to keep our spirits merry and light throughout the Holiday Season!

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Santa Claus Arrives with Children’s Treats

Place: North Pole Park

FREE Tickets: VFW Hall (Booth opens at 2:30 PM)

Time: 6:15 — 8:30 PM

Get your wish list ready for your visit to Santa! All the good boys and girls will have a chance to sit on the big guy’s lap inside his own “Santa’s workshop” located in North Pole Park on Main Street. Children can tell Santa what they want for Christmas, receive a treat, and check to see if they are on his “Nice” list.

 

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is held every year on the Saturday night following Thanksgiving. The lights will be turned on every night after that until after the New Year begins. Viewing our Downtown light display is always free to the public and visitors travel from miles around to enjoy the bright lights that decorate our town. It is considered one of the largest Christmas light displays in Kansas and gives WaKeeney the distinction of being “The Christmas City of the High Plains.”

Start the Christmas season with family and friends under WaKeeney’s Christmas lights on November 30that the 69thAnnual Christmas Tree Lighting! We’re conveniently located on I-70, halfway between Kansas City and Denver, 300 miles either direction.

Hunting Season Begins in Trego County’s Smoky Valley

The 2019-2020 hunting season has finally begun and hunters are arriving in Trego County to find upland birds and deer. The numbers are good this year, promising hunters an exciting season of pheasant, quail, prairie chicken, and deer hunting.

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Upland Birds

Pheasant hunters will find fair to good opportunities throughout the Smoky Valley region when the season kicks off on November 9th. Spring surveys found a slight decrease in crows following an earlier decrease in the number of broods, but numbers continue to remain above average overall. Regional harvest estimates were highest in the Smoky Hills, which experienced the larger than typical estimates last year, as well. The state is experiencing the highest roadside densities in its western regions.

Quail hunting season has just begun and prospects are good across the region despite a slight decline reported in the 2019 spring survey when compared to last year. The above average numbers follow an exceptionally bountiful year in 2018, where our region boasted the highest regional harvest in the state with good hunter success rates. This 2019 decrease is being buoyed by a 46% increase observed on roadside surveys.

Prairie chicken season is well underway and hunting opportunities are expected to be good. Spring counts were good, even while production rates were low. Along with our high densities, the Smoky Valley offers the best access to prairie chicken in the state. There are large areas of native rangeland intermixed with CRP and cropland.

Waterfowl hunting has begun and we are finding plenty of game along the banks of Cedar Bluff. Mallard, Pintail, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, and Diver ducks number 7,000 to 8,000 and Canadian Geese were surveyed at 800, while Snows and Whitefronts number  around 100. This allows for good expectations for hunting expeditions, with morning hunts providing the best opportunity for a successful outing.

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 Mule and Whitetail deer can be found within our county, with mule deer being the more plentiful. Levi Jaster, Big-game Program Coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, reports that whitetail populations are stable and may be slightly increasing. Mule deer numbers are stable, and both species have stable buck-to-doe and yearling buck-to-adult ratios. Watch for new areas for hunting deer to open up as the excessive summer rain we’ve received may change the areas that deer tend to populate.

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Get Ready for the Hunt with a Meal at WaKeeney’s Many Fine Restaurants

End your day out at one of WaKeeney’s many delicious restaurants, where you’ll find great steaks, baked goods, burgers, and beer.

Casual Dining

Start your day at Hometown Bakery. Get there early to enjoy a freshly made cinnamon roll and fresh brewed coffee while you check your email on their free WiFi. (215 N Main St. /ph. 785.743.6494)

The Brazen Bull offers delicious steaks, burgers, sandwiches and salads and beer in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. They’re open Monday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner and feature mouth-watering specials every day. (717 S 2nd St./ph. 785-743-2653)

Enjoy the western ambiance and great food found at the Western Kansas Saloon & Grill. Housed in one of our county’s oldest buildings, the “Saloon” offers steak, pasta, burgers, salads, and sandwiches and a fully stocked bar inside a western-inspired building. (121 N Main St./785-743-2050)

Satisfy your spicy cravings at Tropical Mexican Restaurant. They have all your favorite Mexican dishes, plus beer and margaritas to will satisfy that “South of the Border” craving.  (428 S 1st St./ph. 785-743-2219)

Mike’s Place is a fun pub where people can kick back while they enjoy a cold beer and pub grub over a game of pool in Mike’s game room. Their menu is full of regular daily specials that feature local favorites and they always have ice-cold beer on tap and ready for their guests. (111 N 6th St./785-743-2641)

Jake and Chet’s Cafe and the Sundowner Lounge are open all day to fill you up from breakfast to a late-night appetizer over drinks. Rib eyes cooked to order, southern fried catfish, or an all-American burger followed by a slice of pie a la mode is sure to satisfy you after a long day out in the field. (233 S 1st St./ph. 785-743-2211)

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Fast Food

The Dairy Queen offers a classic menu with salads, wraps, sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers. Pair your meal with a shake, malt, or a Blizzard for a cool treat. (521 Barclay Avenue/ph. 785-743-2160)

McDonalds is everyone’s “go to” place for a quick, satisfying meal. In WaKeeney, the drive thru window makes it a quick stop, or you can get out and stretch your legs inside in their dining room. (745 S 1st St./ph. 785-743-2911)

Planning a long day out? Stop by WaKeeney’s Subway as you head out of town and pick up a custom-made, foot-long sandwich to enjoy later when those hunger pains kick in. (718 S 1st St./ph. 785-743-5248)

Call in an order at WaKeeney’s Pizza Hut on your way into town and pick up a fresh-from-the-oven pizza to take back to your hotel. They can also deliver right to your lodging, and you’ll want to ask about their weekly buffet and many specials, too! (324 S 1st/ph. 785-743-2383 – Call ahead to find out when their buffet is running!)

Halloween Goodies in Downtown WaKeeney

Halloween is a treat in Downtown WaKeeney! This year there are even more scary-fun things to do for all ages and spirits, so hop on your broom and get yourself to WaKeeney this Halloween!

 

Halloween Arts & Crafts at The Studio 128 (Throughout the month)

The crafty witches and wizards at The Studio 128 have been busy with a month full of Halloween projects. Painting, crafting, and pumpkin decorating have been on the agenda, with more to come. Owner Lynelle Shubert has many ideas for fun Halloween décor at her art studio. For more information on what’s to come contact The Studio 128 at 785.814.7170.

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Trego Grade School Halloween Parade (Thursday, October 31st)

Pint-sized ghouls descend on Trego Grade School on Halloween. Grades pre-k to 5th will be celebrating the holiday with a parade though the school gym at 2:10pm. Parents and the public are invited to watch from the stands as the kids show off their scariest looks. Call the Trego Grade School (785.743.2472) for more information.

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Halloween Festivities in Downtown WaKeeney(Thursday, October 31st)

The werewolves will be howling down Main St. as our scary residents fill Downtown WaKeeney for the Annual Halloween Festival. The free public event begins at 4:30pm on Main and Russell, with businesses handing out candy to Trick or Treaters.

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At 5:15pm there will be costume contests for 0 to pre-k, k to 5th grade, and 6th grade and up for Best Overall Costume, Scariest Costume, and Most Original Costume. The festival includes TCHS social clubs overseeing games on the Courthouse lawn and at 5:30pm the Trego Rec Center will be hosting a free hot dog feed for everyone. Call the Trego Recreation Commission at 785.743.2595 for more information about these events.

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The Studio’s 128’s Murder Mystery Dinner (Saturday, November 2nd)

The “Murder Mystery Dinner,” an interactive event, is backand better than ever! This year the harrowing hosts at The Studio 128 will be offering a frightfully fun dinner with mock intestines, “eyeball” salad, a meatloaf created severed hand, along with other fun and delicious dishes. The mystery will occur throughout the event, with the murderer and victim being chosen at the beginning of the evening and prizes for the person who solves the mystery, best costume, best character, and best actor/actress given out at the end of the event. Come in costume and find out “who dun it!” (There are only twenty-five seats available, so call The Studio 128 at 785.814.7170 to reserve your seat today.)

Stir up a cauldron of fun in WaKeeney this Halloween! There will be fun and frights throughout the night on October 31st.

 

Hunters Get Ready for the 2019-2020 Season in Trego County

The 2019-2020 hunting season is nearly upon us and Trego County is one of the best places to bag your limit of upland birds, and deer species.

The Smoky Hill region has a combined 438, 512 acres of public and Walk-in Hunting Access (WIHA) land that are available to hunters. These acres are full of pheasant, quail, turkey and mule and white-tail deer, making Trego County a hunter’s paradise. There are several businesses that cater to hunters, with guides, outfitters, and accommodations to suit every need.

Down North Outfitters

Rely on the life experience of Brandon and Brett Hille of Down North Outfitters to outfit and guide your hunt. The brother’s 4500-acre ranch has been their playground since they were kids, making them experts on the best places to find game. They’ll help you flush outwhitetail and mule deer from creek bottoms and fowl from the tall grass prairie.

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Down North Outfitters offer both guided and semi-guided hunts, and can help you with licensing and permits. Their land is located in southern Trego County along the Smoky Hill River.

For more information check the Down North Outfitters website: www.downnorthoutfitters.com or email them at downnorthoutfitters@gmail.com.

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Book Your Stay in Trego County Today!

Book your hunting trip in Trego County! With nine lodges, hotels, and B & Bs throughout our county, you’ll find a comfortable place to rest after a day out in the fields.

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Butterfield Trail Bunkhouse is a rustic guesthouse near Cedar Bluff State Park where hunting opportunities are just outside the door. It is located 14-miles south of WaKeeney on a working ranch and near natural gathering places for wildlife.

The bunkhouse accommodates up to four people and there is a fully stocked kitchen and a cleaning station available to prepare your pheasants for the trip home. Don’t forget to pre-order your home cooked meals when you book your stay if you don’t want to cook during your trip.

23033 T Road
WaKeeney, KS 67672

Phone: 785.769.3194
Email: wddeines@ruraltel.net

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The Country Barn Loft B & B is located only a few miles north of Cedar Bluff State Park and Reservoir and offers a truly unique lodging experience in this 1951 historic barn.

The repurposed barn wood used on the arched ceilings and walls and a barn style interior door gives this B & B an upscale country look. There are eight beds and a kitchenette inside this peaceful lodge, and skylights upstairs keep the loft bright throughout the day. A homemade breakfast is delivered hot to your door every morning and there is also onsite boarding available for your dogs.

19065 28th Ave.
WaKeeney, KS 67672

Phone: 785.743.5662
Email: jpwhite@ruraltel.net

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The Collyer Hunting Lodge and Family Getaway is a comfortable country home specially designed for hunters. It is located one mile off I-70 and ideal for large hunting parties.

It can accommodate up to twelve hunters and features a full kitchen, Direct TV & free WiFi, and onsite laundry facilities. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in this newly renovated home.

704 Ainslie Avenue
Collyer, KS 67631

Phone: 530.933.8229
Email: coloradorachel@outlook.com

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Cottage Garden Air B & B is an historic 1906 guest house located in the heart of Downtown WaKeeney where you can find everything you need to get you out on the hunt.

The cottage has two bedrooms and accommodates 8 people, a bath and a shower, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, air conditioning, free WiFi, and a smart TV. Enjoy the evening relaxing in the cozy sunroom.

510 Warren Avenue
WaKeeney, KS 67672

Phone: 785.743.2644
Email: wildflowermary@yahoo.com

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The WaKeeney KOA (open until November 15) is a great option for hunters who prefer to bed down in their camper during their hunting trip. Pull thru RV sites are spacious and can accommodate all types and sizes, without requiring you to unhook.

Sites include access to 50/30 amp or 30 amp electric, water, sewer, cable TV and grass to relax on. Grass tent sites are large and private with access to electricity and water nearby. Cabins are also available for those who want to camp without a RV or tent and are located near the restroom and shower facilities. The restroom, shower and laundry room facilities are open 24 hours for your convenience and Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the park.

25027 South Interstate
WaKeeney, KS 67672

Phone: 785.743.5612
Email: wakeeneykoa@eaglecom.net

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The Best Western Plus WaKeeney Inn & Suites offers luxury and a complimentary full breakfast for weary hunters. This is a great option for guests who need business services during their stay.

Suites are equipped with free WiFi, dataports, and coffee and tea makers. Their indoor pool offers a nice way to cool off after a day out and their 24-hour front desk will help you with anything you may need during your stay. Even early morning wake-up calls so you won’t miss the best time to hunt!

525 South 1st Street
WaKeeney, KS 67672

Phone: 785.743.2700
Email: bwwakeeney@hotmail.com

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The Kansas Kountry Inn is a vintage roadside motel. If you need to relax in the evening and get a good night’s rest, this is the motel for you!

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Located next to Jake and Chet’s restaurant and the Sundowner Lounge, it’s a clean, comfortable place to set up camp throughout your stay. It provides the basics and is only a few blocks north of I-70.

223 S 1st St.
WaKeeney, KS 67672

Phone: 785.743.2129
Email: judydiec@hotmail.com

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Located at WaKeeney’s east exit, the Super 8 offers the familiarity of a well-known hotel and easy access to Cedar Bluff just a few miles down the road  so you can be out in the field at first light.

Begin your day with a free 8-item SuperStart breakfast and coffee 24 hours a day. Enjoy the privacy of connecting to free WiFi in your room. They offer free WiFi, guest laundry services, free truck and RV parking, and non-smoking suites and accessible rooms. Ask about the plus suites for a “home-away-from-home” style stay.

709 S 13th St.
WaKeeney, KS 67672

Phone: 785.743.6442
Email: wakeeneysuper8@gmail.com

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EconoLodge is positioned right off I-70 at the west exit. It’s a great value, with free WiFi and ample truck parking available.

The Econolodge offers clean, comfortable rooms at a reasonable rate. All rooms feature a coffee maker and TV and some rooms also feature a refrigerator. They offer a free continental breakfast and have a well-lit, large parking lot.

702 South 2nd Street
WaKeeney, KS 67672

Phone: 785-743-5505
Email: gm.ks086@choicehotels.com

 

Get ready for the 2019-2020 hunting season by booking your stay in Trego County today!

The Screamin’ Eagles are Storming the Field for Homecoming 2019

Purple and gold are the colors of the week, as the Trego Eagles celebrate Homecoming 2019 in a game against the Rawlins County Buffalos this Friday, September 27 at 7pm. 

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Spirit Week

Each day this week a new event super charges the Trego Eagle spirit. The halls of TCHS are draped in purple and gold and on Thursday evening, September 26th, the Seniors will take their school spirit to Downtown WaKeeney for the annual tradition of painting the streets with victory slogans. The celebration continues later that night at the fairgrounds when TCHS students and supporters will cheer for their favorite football team around a bonfire.

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Join the TCHS Cheer Squad at 3pm on Friday, September 27th at the intersection of Main and Russell in Downtown WaKeeney for the annual pre-game pep rally. This is your chance to get up close to the players to wish them good luck and show your team spirit with your Trego Eagle team colors.

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The 2019 Homecoming Court.

The Big Game

The 2019 Homecoming ceremonies will begin at 6:30pm, where the crowning of the King and Queen of the court will be revealed. Immediately following at 7pm the Eagles will take to the field to prove the dominance of the Golden Eagles over the Buffalos. The Homecoming festivities will end on Saturday evening at the Homecoming Dance held in the TCHS Commons Area.   

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The TCHS Booster Club’s Hot Dog Feed

Enjoy the game with a free hot dog! The Screaming Eagle Booster Club will be handing out tickets to Trego Eagle fans for a free hot dog they can pick up at the concession stand. Come get your tailgate food for this important game.

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Show Your “EPIC”School Spirit

The “Trego Eagles EPIC” signs are here! Keep that school spirit going all year by purchasing a yard or window sign from the TJS Kay club. They are only $15 each and you can get them through the TGS office or call (785) 743-2472 or Stacie Minson at (785) 769-3297.

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Check the TCHS school calendar for more information on events coming up this fall and come out to Custer Field this Friday, September 27th to root on the TCHS Screamin’ Eagles!

 

 

Fall Tournaments are Teeing Up at Big Creek Golf Course

Grab your clubs and join us at Trego County’s Big Creek Golf Course for the final three tournaments of 2019!

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The summer is winding down, but our golfers are in full swing, and we’re ready to take on the rolling hills of Big Creek Golf Course during our end-of-season fall tournaments. Get your game on with fellow golfers and see who can come out on top at our 9-hole course.

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Big Creek Golf Course is a member of the Kansas Golf Association, and the 70-par course regularly hosts tournaments and events throughout the year. The buffalo grass fairways are comprised of rolling hills and lined with trees that end at watered greens. It features 3,213 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. The course is part of the Kansas Golf Association with a rating of 36.3. It includes several elevation changes to make it a more challenging course than a typical prairie track. Carts are available to rent and an on-site clubhouse offers a nice respite between the first nine holes and the second.

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Fall tournament dates are as follows and you can contact Doug Minson at (785) 432-2813 or Lance Ziegler at (743) 769-3089 for more information on how you can register your team.

Sept 15                  3 Person Scramble

Oct 6                      1 Man Scramble

Oct 20                    3 Person Scramble

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Come out anytime to our public course and spend some practice time at our large driving range & a putting green. The putting green and driving range are free to use, so even the littlest golfers can get into the game at Big Creek Golf Course!