22. Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park
Kaw Re-Establish Home near Council Grove
On April 20, 2002, the Kaw Nation dedicated 168 acres of their native homeland near Council Grove.  "This officially marks the return of the Kanzas to the state that bears their name," said the Kaw Nation's park director Betty Durkee.

Long term plans include construction of a visitor center and reconstruction of a bark lodge representing traditional Kanza dwellings. The master plan also will stabilize the remaining structures, including the ruins of one of the Agency buildings, construct trails connecting points of interest, and tell the history of the Kanza through audio posts and wayside exhibits.

NR - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Kanza Heritage Trail
The two-mile-long Kanza Heritage Trail loops through the beautiful and historic 158-acre Kaw Heritage Park owned and managed by the Kaw Nation.  By walking this Trail, you will engage a wonderful landscape steeped in natural beauty and the rich cultural history of the Kanza people who once lived here.
Take a virtual tour.

Flint Hills Nature Trail
The three-and-one-half mile segment of the Flint Hills Nature Trail connecting Council Grove to Allegawaho Park was dedicated on April 20.  The hiking and biking trail follows the grade of the old Missouri Pacific Railroad that ceased to operate on this section in 1994.  

The Kansas Horseman Foundation owns and manages the trail, which when completed will extend from Osawatomie to Herington.

Oak Grove to Memorialize Kanzas
This spring three hundred bur oak seedlings were planted in Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park and along the three-and-one-half-mile stretch of the Flint Hills Nature Trail connecting the park to Council Grove.

The trees were planted as the initial phase in creating living memorials to the 807 members of the Kanza tribe counted in the 1862 census. Three hundred bur oak seedlings will be planted each spring in 2003 and 2004, with the ultimate objective being the establishment of an 807-tree memorial grove.  more info

From main street of Council Grove, Kansas

Head east on Highway 56 past traffic light by Pizza Hut  & Guardian of the Grove statue.

In approx. 1/10 of a mile, turn right on County Road marked by green sign, "Dunlap 9", (also labeled as 5th street).

Travel south 3 1/2 miles toward Dunlap.  
After crossing small bridge, turn left on X Avenue.  
Turn left on 525 Road to park site.  
Agency Building ruins will be on your right.  
Unknown Kaw Warrior Monument is visible at top of hill.

Visitors should drive to the designated parking area located approximately one-tenth of a mile north of the Agency building on the right side of the road.  Walking paths will be marked from the parking area and between the points of interest.  

You can pick up a map and get more information about the tour of Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park at the Kaw Mission State Historic Site.



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