"Medicine Lodge, Kansas" Medicine Lodge by basstbn

Medicine Lodge Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 57 photos

Medicine Lodge is nestled away on the eastern edge of the Red Gypsum Hills of south central Kansas, about 90 miles west and south of Wichita.

Militant abolitionist Carry Nation lived here and began her hatchet-wielding saloon raids here. A significant peace treaty with the five southern plains Indian nations was signed on the banks of a nearby river, still commemorated by a triennial pageant. It is home to the Kansas Ranch Rodeo Championship.

A Taste of the Old West

Medicine Lodge has a long history associated with cowboys and ranching. As you walk its main street, you can sense the past. On the day shown in the accompanying photo, the street was closed to auto traffic as part of the Medicine Lodge Indian Peace Treaty Pageant.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Visit the old west and some historic sites.
  • Cons:There's a major shortage of places to eat.
  • In a nutshell:A colorful and interesting town for a short visit.
  • Last visit to Medicine Lodge: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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