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Cheyenne County
Attractions and Recreation

The Arikaree Breaks are located on the far northern edge of Cheyenne County. This area of extremely rough terrain, with its deep ravines and gullies, is a marked contrast to the plains generally associated with the area. The breaks are 36 miles long and approximately two to three miles wide. There are several public roads through the breaks, giving visitors some outstanding viewing sites of this rugged wonder. A driving tour of the area is available online. Another outdoor adventure is St. Francis Keller Lake. The lake offers fishing for crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Riverside Recreation Golf Course is located in St. Francis as well.

There are also many choices for the history buff in Cheyenne county. Cherry Creek Encampment features a memorial to the Cheyenne Native American survivors of the Sand Creek Massacre. The memorial was created by local historian and metal sculptor Tobe Zweygardt. Cheyenne County Museum features a diorama complete with prehistoric fossils uncovered locally that show life as it progressed over the millennia on the High Plains. The museum has an outstanding collection of furniture and period exhibits of frontier life, all of which came from county residents. The restored Ye Old Country Church west of the museum is available for weddings, family reunions, special church services and other celebrations and gatherings.

In 1934, during the dust storms and crop failures on the Plains, one man had a vision of an oasis with shaded green lawns and colorful gardens. Working with the city council, Howard T. Sawhill and his wife Vivian began building Sawhill Park and Bandshell on an empty lot on Main Street in downtown St. Francis. Today the park is the setting for many events in St. Francis, including the annual Cheyenne County Car Show in May, the farmers market starting in late May and the Relay for Life.

Saint Francis  
Bird City

Key Employers
Cheyenne County Good Samaritan Village
Cheyenne County Hospital   
Yost Ford and Farm Supply

Primary Industries
K-12 School Districts
St. Francis Community Schools USD 297
Cheylin USD 103
Cornerstone Real Estate 
Shay Realty
Western Auction and Real Estate

Cheyenne County Hospital

Contact Information
Cheyenne County Development Coordinator
Helen Dobbs
P.O. Box 255
St. Francis, Kan. 67756
(785) 332-3508

County Website

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