We would love to have you come visit Seward County where we have a tremendous amount of history, attractions and wide open spaces for you to see. One of our most noted landmarks is the Samson of the Cimarron, an engineering marvel at the time it was built in 1938, the bridge is 1,200 feet long and 100 feet above the riverbed. Support pylons were driven to a depth of 165 feet to resist the shifting quicksand of the then swift Cimarron River.
Seward County has two incorporated towns, Liberal and Kismet.
Liberal is on Highways 54 and 83 just three miles north of the Oklahoma border. The town got its name from a spirit of hospitality and generosity that lives on today. In the 1880s, water was a rare commodity in Southwest Kansas and often very expensive for those travelers headed west with their families and livestock. S.S. Rogers, who homesteaded in the area, offered water free from his hand dug well. Visitor’s reply of “that’s mightly liberal of you” helped the area become known as “the liberal well.” In 1888, the community was incorporated as Liberal, KS.
Visitors to Liberal will find two main attractions, Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz and Mid-America Air Museum, as well as a historical museum and arts center.
Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz – 1907 farmhouse furnished with 1930s antiques featuring an exact replica of Dorothy’s bedroom and The Land of Oz is 5,000 square feet of animated entertainment and Oz memorabilia in an environment right out of the movie.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3.50 for students (6-18) and seniors (60+), 5 and under free.
Both Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz are located on the grounds of the Coronado Museum, 567 Cedar Street.
Coronado Museum – exhibits detailing the county’s history including a bridle bit authenticated to Coronado’s time and exploration of this part of Kansas.
There is no admission charge to tour the museum.
Both attractions and the museum are open:
Winter hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day) are 9a-5p Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5p Sunday
Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) are 9a-6p Monday through Saturday and 1-6p Sunday.
Mid-America Air Museum – largest aviation museum in Kansas and one of the largest in the nation. It is home to more than 100 aircraft and serves as an interactive educational resource for all visitors.
Admission is $7 for adults, students (6-18) and seniors (62+) $5.
Hours are 8a-5p Monday through Friday, 10a-5p Saturday and 1-5p Sunday.
The Baker Arts Center – gathering place at which people can enjoy and celebrate the arts. The center provides much needed exhibit space for artists who work in conventional techniques like oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, sculpture and photography. Exhibits have also featured textile art, quilt displays, handmade jewelry, woodworking, glassworks, collage and more. The upper level has both a Discovery Center for children, with hands-on activities, and an educational studio for adult and children’s art classes and workshops.
There is no admission charge to tour the arts center.
Kismet is 15 miles northeast of Liberal on Highway 54. A.C. Olin purchased land in 1907 and in 1908 had 40 acres surveyed into town lots where the town of Kismet is now located. Although a small community, Kismet is well known for its large celebration–The Little World’s Fair. A truly family event, the Little World’s Fair kicks off Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend with an old-fashioned street dance featuring a live band. Labor Day kicks off early with 5 and 10K runs and breakfast. Other events throughout the day include a horseshoe tournament, parade, free ham and bean feed, turtle races, slatting, kids pedal tractor pull, bike, trike and stick horse races, water balloon toss, egg toss, three-legged races and a carnival. Events are added and subtracted each year to keep the event fund for those who always attend and those who are coming for the first time.
Liberal Convention and Visitors Bureau
1 Yellow Brick Road
Liberal, KS 67901