Dickinson County Heritage Center
Discover the history of the wild frontier, the days of Tom Smith and Wild Bill Hickok, and the wild and woolly days of the cattle drives to Abilene at the end of the Chisholm Trail. Also explore the stories of the early pioneers as they settled the great plains and turned the great American desert into their home. Extensive archival documents/records. Historic displays, antique carousel, blacksmith shop, cowboy history, family research, and telephony museum.
Our C.W. Parker Carousel was built in 1901, complete with hand-carved horses, is our pride and joy at the Dickinson County Heritage Center.
C.W. Parker’s fascination with carousels first began when he came across one while on a walk with his young daughter. After purchasing multiple rides for her, Parker decided the amusement business would be a good venture for him. Parker bought his first carousel soon after, and later decided to try to improve the design by building his own. Thus the C.W. Parker Amusement Company began.
Our 1901 carousel was manufactured here in Abilene, Kansas and originated as a traveling carnival ride. It was sold to Tom Knight, a drive-in movie theater owner in Riverton, Wyoming. When Knight’s health declined and forced him to close, the Dickinson County Historical Society was contacted to purchase and bring the carousel back home to Abilene. After ten years and many volunteer hours, the carousel became fully restored and was named a National Historic Landmark. It is one of only twelve National Historic Carousels in the United States.
Every year thousands of people enjoy a ride on the carousel which comes with a replica ticket souvenir.
Brand New Opened in June 2012
Oil Industry Friendly
Fishing near by
15 minutes to KS Star Casino
Cable TV available
Full Hookups (30 and 50 amp)
Pull Through slips available
In 2003, Geff began writing cowboy poetry about his true-life experiences while working on different cattle ranches in the area. Once you’ve heard him, you will know he was truly blessed with the ability to write cowboy poetry. His performances are astounding as he brings the ranch life to you through cowboy poetry and western music. A must hear is Geff’s cowboy humorous entertainment and western music. It is sure to delight crowds of all ages.
Geff was one of the featured cowboy western entertainers at Silver Dollar City’s Salute to the Great American Cowboy in 2007, 2008 and again in 2012. He was the2006 Silver Buckle Champion and Best of the Best winner at the worlds only Western Legends Roundup Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in 2006 and in 2009 he won the Best of the West Shootout. The events were held in Kanab, Utah where he competed against 70 plus other contestants. He followed it with a trip to the Colorado State Fair where he won the “People’s Choice Buckle” and was the “Reserve Champion” in their cowboy poetry competition.
Most recently he was honored as a 2012 Inductee into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.