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Historic Attractions

Norton county has a variety of historic attractions in the downtown area, near Prairie Dog State Park, and along Highway 36.

Adobe House: Click here for more information. 

Norton County Historical Society Museum: 105 E. Lincoln, open Wednesdays and Saturdays, May through October, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Click here for more information. 

They Also Ran Gallery: Since 1965 Norton has been home to the "They Also Ran Gallery".  Pictures of unsuccessful candidates for presidents from Thomas Jefferson to John McCain are on display.  Each of the honorees has their own concise biography.  Famous men like Andrew Jackson share the walls with Horatio Seymour and Rufus King. New York Times publisher Horace Greeley, who once spent the night at stagecoach Station 15 near Norton, is among the distinguished losers.  Currently, there are sixty portraits. 

The gallery is the creation of the late banker W. W. Rouse, and is located on the mezzanine of the First State Bank of Norton, 105 W. Main. Stop by during business hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday by appointment or call 785-877-3341. 

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Stagecoach Station 15: In early times, the Leavenworth and Pikes Peak Stagecoach Line ran through the site of Norton. Stations along the route provided food, lodging, and fresh teams of horses. New York Times publisher Horace Greeley spent the night of May 24, 1859 at Station 15 near Norton. Other famous travelers of the old west also stopped here, including Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Roy Bean.

There's a replica of Station 15 in the roadside park beside West Highway 36. Inside it's equipped with period furnishings and mannequins in historical costumes. It's free and can be viewed 24 hours a day. There's also a tourist information booth in the same park.