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Day Trip
Enjoy a jaunt through Smith County with this Guide to a Day Trip in Smith County


A historic location in Kansas history, Higley Cabin, was the homestead of Dr. Brewster M. Higley when he wrote the words to the song "Home on the Range" in 1872. It became the State song in 1947. The cabin located 9 miles North of Highway 36 Jct. (near Athol, KS) on Hwy K-8. The cabin has been recently restored. Enjoy the creek and walking trails.
Eldean Holthus
785 695.785 .2347 or 785.476.5216

Located in Athol KS 7 miles west of Smith Center.  785.620.7771 Home on The Range Campground has 50,30 & 20 amp full hook-ups and free WIFI to make your stay an enjoyable one! Showers and laundry facilities available. There are even facilities to board your horses.

June 29, 1941 the citizens of Lebanon unveiled their permanent monument at the center of the contiguous United States.  There is something special about standing in the exact center of the contiguous United States.  The monument is located one mile north of Lebanon, Kansas on US Hwy 281 and one mile west on Hwy 191.  US Center Brochure

Charles G Schwarz and  and his brother immigrated from Germany to Smith County in 1869. They built the Dutch Mill in 1879. The mill began operation in 1883--corn meal, graham flour and wheat flour were made for home use and packaged to sell.

In 1938 the landmark found a welcome home at Wagner Park in Smith Center, Kansas.


Little Miss Liberty stands high on a hill 10 miles south of Smith Center on US-281. This is one of 26 such replicas in the state of Kansas.  This statue was dedicated in 1951 by the Smith County Boy Scout troops. The site of Miss Liberty atop a hill overlooks the Harlan, Gaylord and Solomon Valley area.  The statue and original dedication plaque contained some copper metal.  As of result, the statue has been the target of vandals in recent years.  Each time the Lady is removed from her rightful place and repaired.  Repairs are made possible with donations of time and money from generous folks around the country.


J. R. Burrow moved to Smith Center in the early 1880's and founded the First National Bank of Smith Center. The original house and grounds covered a city block, which included a private park complete with deer, a stream, peacocks, and a gazebo.
Over the years care has been taken to preserve the Victorian flavor of the grand mansion, which has valiantly served Smith Center and the surrounding areas.
The mansion is one of the highlights of the Historic Home walking and driving tour. A booklet is available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce Office.

   Indian Fight at the Forks of Beaver Creek.

A desperate battle was fought at the forks of Beaver Creek, some three and half miles southwest of Smith Center between the Pawnee, Delaware, and Omaha Indians on one side and the Cheyenne, Comanche, Arapahos and Apaches on the other. The site of this deadly battle is marked between East Beaver Creek and Middle Beaver Creek in Smith County.  As you travel west on Hwy 36, take "M" road south 3/4 mile.  The marker is on the west side of the road at the top of a small hill.
  Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks Travel & Tourism/Smith County
Hunting and Fishing Maps
Buy, renew boating registrations
Buy Hunting Fishing Licenses/Permits
Buy Park and Camping Permits


 Historic Homes Walking and Driving tour booklet is available for purchase at the Chamber office. It features15 historic Smith Center homes as well as the 1883 Dutch Windmill and the 1920s Courthouse. Please respect the privacy of the homeowners by staying on the sidewalk or street.The route is approximately 1 mile.

  The Smith County Convention & Visitors Bureau is responsible for allocating the 2% transient guest tax that is paid on gross receipts from sleeping accommodations within the county. This money is used to promote tourism and conventions within Smith County. Check out their website


   Leisure Living RV Park

RV park with 50,30 & 20 amp full hook-ups. 920 N Main in Smith Center  Located one block north of Hwy 36/281 junction. 785.282.0781 or 785.282.0428.