While in Dalhart, you can go to the XIT Ranch Museum. Free admissions, but donations appreciated. The XIT Museum sits one half block off of US Highway 54, on 5th street between Denver Street (US HWY 54) and Denrock Avenue (Main Street) in downtown Dalhart. Landmarks near the museum include the Dallam County Courthouse, which is located at the corner of 5th street and Denver Avenue (US HWY 54), directly across the street from the museum.
No Man’s Land Museum is 10 miles west on Hwy 54 in Goodwell. This museum includes Oklahoma panhandle history, American Indian artifacts, doll collection and a Dust Bowl exhibit. The museum is free and more information about hours of operation can be found at http://www.nmlhs.org/.
When you leave Guymon, Oklahoma, if you take Hwy. 54 north, you’ll come to Liberal, Kansas. Skip down the Yellow Brick Road to see good and bad witches, munchkins, winged monkeys, Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz is located at 567 Cedar St., Liberal, Kansas. The web site states there is an admission fee but does not say what that fee is. Also housed at 567 Cedar St. is the Coronado Museum which is the Historical Museum in Liberal. There is no fee for this portion of the tour.
Mid-America Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in Kansas and 5th largest in the U.S. with 108 aircraft on display. The museum is located at 2000 W. 2nd St. Liberal, Kansas. Admission for the Air Museum can be verified on their web site.
For more information on Liberal, Kansas click on www.visitliberal.com.
The Granada War Relocation Center (also Camp Amache) was a Japanese American internment camp located in southeast Colorado, about a mile west of the small farming community of Granada, south of US 50. It is located only 19 miles from Lamar, Colorado. It is closer to Kansas than it is to New Mexico. Granada was one of ten such camps. Granada opened August 27, 1942 and reached a peak population of 7,318 persons by February 1943, making it the smallest of the WRA camps. Each person was only allowed to bring one bag. The area was prone to high winds and severe dust storms. The camp was intended to be mostly self-sufficient in its food production. These efforts proved especially successful at Granada, where internee laborers produced enough to feed the entire camp population and send the surplus to the U.S. Army and other camps. (In 1943, for example, Granada farmers grew 4 million pounds of vegetables. Today the camp is a lonely, desolate place on the high prairie, covered by scrubby vegetation and small cacti. All but one of the buildings were removed, many having been sold at auction and hauled off. The sole remaining original building is a pump house beside the main water tank, both of which are still in use. Cement foundations of most of the buildings remain, and the site is largely undisturbed, though the land was sold at auction (rather than being returned to the original owners). Signs have been posted to show locations of schools, laundries, dining halls, clinics, fire station, etc. The highway signs identify the site only as Camp Amache.
The Historical Adobe Museum, constructed of adobe blocks in the 1930s, is located at 300 E. Oklahoma, Ulysses, Kansas. The museum is listed on the state Historic Register and the winner of 8 Wonders of Kansas History. The history of the Dust Bowl will come alive in front of your eyes. Donations are appreciated.
Main ARTery is on Main Street in Ulysses. It is a cooperative art gallery with local and regional artists. They have expanded and have a great gift and antique store section as well.
Wagon Bed Springs, located on the Santa Fe Trail, is south of Ulysses and is the location believed to be where famed mountain man Jedediah Smith lost his life in an Indian battle while looking for water for the wagon train that was heading west. His body was never found. There are several areas in the county where wagon wheel ruts can still be seen if you know where to look.
East of Ulysses 3 miles is the location of the town site of Old Ulysses. The town went from boom to bust and couldn’t pay the bonds so they picked up the buildings, put them on skids and pulled them up to the new town site, leaving the bond holders in the east very unhappy.
There is a Colorado Welcome Center in Lamar that will have information about the points of interest listed, as well as others.
Big Timbers Museum is a collection of old wagons, fire engines and cars.
The Madonna of the Trail Monument is an homage to the courageous women of the frontier days. See information about Camp Amache listed under Kansas.
Clayton is known as “Crossroads Country” and is located in the northeastern corner of New Mexico, bordering Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. The elevation is 5,050 ft.
Herzstein Memorial Museum is located at 22 South Second St. Clayton, NM. For more information, visit their web site, herzsteinmuseum.com.
Clayton State Park (the site of the race) has a lot to offer the interested tourist. Check out the dinosaur tracks that the lake is known for. A flood in 1982 swept away a layer of silt from Clayton Lake’s spillway, uncovering a plethora of dinosaur tracks. There are over five hundred dinosaur footprints and is one of the best preserved track sites in the United States. There is an information/welcome center on site and the park is also the site of an observatory. After your run, take some time to explore all the park has to offer. More information on Clayton, NM can be obtained at www.claytonnm.org.