and programs highlight the achievements of Martin and Osa Johnson,
pioneering documentary filmmakers, photographers, authors, explorers
and Kansans. Relive the Johnson's 1917-1936 adventures in Africa,
Borneo and the South Seas. The museum
offers educational programs throughout the year for children and
adults, regular showings of Johnson films, a large research library and
a museum gift store. Additional exhibits feature the rich culture and
art of Africa with changing themes. Open Monday through Saturday 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed major
holidays. Call (620) 431-2730. www.safarimuseum.com
in 1902-03 this was Santa Fe's fifth depot in Chanute and was the hub
of the community when it was built. Currently on the National Register
of Historic Places, this depot was for many years the Southern Division
Headquarters for the Santa Fe Railroad. It featured a large Harvey
House Restaurant, Wells Fargo Express office and reading room and
handled 10 passenger trains daily. In 1917 the depot doubled in size,
adding a large dining room to the Harvey House Restaurant to
accommodate the increasing number of passengers traveling by train.
After soliciting nearly $2,000,000 in private donations in 1991, the
depot was historically restored and today houses the Martin
and Osa Johnson Safari Museum on
the south end and the Chanute Public Library on the north. The area
adjacent to the depot has been developed into a plaza area featuring a
gazebo, hike/bike path and a small collection of rail stock. Open from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m. Closed major holidays.
Stop by and enjoy
Chanute's most historic buildings. Commonly known as the Flat
Iron Building, this unusual
structure is now home to a museum featuring Chanute artifacts. Members
of the Chanute Historical Society opened the museum in June 2005. The
collection on display contains sports, railroad and aviation
the facility is open Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by
appointment. For more information call (620) 431-1814 or
Unique for a small
Chanute Art Gallery includes more than 1,500 square feet of exhibit
area and houses a Permanent Core Collection of more than 500 works of
art that includes 25 mediums, representing 135 artists. Special
exhibits change every month. Collections include: The Luigi Kasimir
Etchings, European and Oriental Art, The Kansas Prairie Printmakers and
local and area artists. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed major holidays. The Chanute Art Gallery is handicapped
accessible. Clubs, organizations and groups are welcome. Special tours
can be arranged by contacting the Gallery at (620) 431-7807.
Located in the heart
of downtown, this sculpture was dedicated in September 2003 and a gift
to the community by the Chanute High School Class of 1941.
engineer and city namesake, Octave Chanute, and the Wright Brothers.
Chanute was a mentor to Wilbur and Orville Wright and very influential
in the early days of flight exploration. The sculpture measures 23 feet
from wingtip to wingtip and 20 feet from nose to tail. The project was
in partnership with the City of Chanute.
Discover a variety of
retail shops offering a wide range of goods and services in downtown
Chanute. Downtown is home to historic buildings and restaurants that
include everything from a charming old-fashioned soda fountain and
coffee shop atmosphere to full meals with family dining and ethnic
foods. Clothing, gift shops, jewelry and more are available to satisfy
all of your shopping needs. Chanute is proud to be a member of the Main
Street USA organization. Other wonderful specialty shops are located
near the downtown district.
Historic Tioga Hotel
Chanute's treasure... the Tioga Hotel. Built in 1926, the hotel was one
of the first completely fire-proof structures in the state. The
building is now home to Tioga
Two restaurants are located inside the hotel. For more information on
the Tioga, phone (620) 431-3343.
A blend of art and
historic preservation, Summit Hill Gardens offers a step back in
history. The first school in Neosho County, Summit Hill was restored
and a historic home and modern structure were added to create a
one-of-a-kind family residence. Available for sale are a wide variety
of handcrafted soaps, baby items and heirloom plants. The
flower and herb gardens are
Neosho County, Summit Hill
Gardens is located at 2605 160th
directions and more information, call (620) 212-3878.
Camp for up to 10 days
- first two days are free, remaining days are $10.00 per day.
padded sites with water and electric are available. Shower facilities
and a dump
station are nearby. It is located near Safari Public Golf Course, Santa
ball diamonds and a great fishing lake. Chanute takes great pride in
being the home of NuWa Industries,
manufacturer of the Hitchhiker
5th-wheel recreational vehicles. Tours are available Monday through
Friday. The NuWa factory is located in the
Safari Industrial Park just south of 35th Parkway. Call (620)
431-2088 for more information. The RV park is filled on a first-come,
Be sure to stop by
Cardinal Drug Store in downtown Chanute and take a step back in time.
Cardinal is the home of one of the oldest original soda fountains in
Kansas...and probably is in the top three of the 45 soda
fountains left in operation.
collection of Coke memorabilia and medicine bottles adds to the
wonderful atmosphere. Cardinal is located at 103 East Main Street.
The King Bridge
Company constructed the Austin Bridge in 1872. The 160-foot bowstring
arch design spanned the Neosho River east of what is now Chanute. Local
pioneers invested $15,000 in the bridge for their economic future of
getting livestock and crops to the railhead. In 1910 the bridge was
moved downstream to the community of Austin.
1972 it was closed to
vehicular traffic, remaining open to foot traffic. On September 15,
1977 the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
In August of 1999 the bridge was moved into Santa Fe Park to become the
southern terminus of a 3.11 mile hike/bike path. A Federal grant,
Neosho County and the City of Chanute funded the project.
Both the downtown and
historic home districts offer a variety of architectural styles and
beautiful examples of restoration.
The historic home driving tour
down broad, tree-lined streets that make you feel you have stepped back
into another era. Chanute's wonderful downtown is filled with historic
buildings, most of which have been restored to their original beauty.
Chanute also has several examples of WPA projects.
Fe Park, 27th
& South Santa Fe:
The largest park in
Chanute contains six ball diamonds (three youth, one baseball and two
adult softball), horseshoes, sand volleyball court, playground
equipment, fishing, boating and picnic areas and shelters. A 3.11 mile
hike/bike path leads to the Martin Johnson Airport. Also located at the
park are the Historic Austin Bridge and a 762 Steam Engine.
Great playground equipment for all ages, horseshoes, picnic area and
the Central Park Pavilion. To reserve the Pavilion, call (620) 431 -
& Katy: Home
to Chanute's historic baseball stadium, basketball court, handball
court, tennis court, shelter house/picnic area, playground and a
skateboard park, Katy Park offers fun and
under large shade trees.
Shelter houses, picnic areas, fountain area, playground, fishing lake
courts provide a relaxing, fun park. Highland Park also
offers a gazebo area that can be used for weddings.