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The Keeper of the Plains

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Address: 650 N Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67203-3204
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The Keeper of the Plains stands at the confluence of the Big and Little...

The Keeper of the Plains stands at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers with hands raised in supplication to the Great Spirit. Renowned Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin donated the Keeper of the Plains to the citizens of Wichita on May 18, 1974.Since the sculpture's installation to commemorate the United States Bicentennial, it has become a symbol for the city of Wichita and a tribute to the local American Indian tribes. in 1974. A complete renovation of the sculpture and installation of the Keeper of the Plains Plaza now brings people out each evening to see the Keeper and the "Ring of Fire." The 44-foot Cor-Ten steel Keeper of the Plains statue is now 30 feet higher than before with its new pedestal,surrounded by a plaza which describes the Plains Indian way of life. The Keeper also serves as the focal point of an eight-year, $20 million restoration and river beautification project completed in May 2007. Pedestrians can access the area via two bow-and-arrow-inspired cable-stay bridges which span the Little and Big Arkansas rivers. Fire drums on boulders at the foot of the Keeper dramatically light the night. Plantings of sage, bottlebrush, medicinal herbs, prairie grasses, yuccas and cactus add to the sense of place and time. The area is free and open to the public year-round.

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beautiful!!

Looks awesome overlooking the river. Nice walk down by the river. We went down one side and came back on the other side.

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Looks awesome overlooking the river. Nice walk down by the river. We went down one side and came back on the other side.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Keeper of the Plains is a nice place to go when you just want to get out and get some fresh air or take out of town visitors to a scenic spot. It's located on the Arkansas River very close to Exploration Place, the Native American Center, Botanical ,and the Art Museum. There is free parking and the north... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The river and statue are memorable but in the early spring late winter the wind and chill made this visit quick and a little unpleasant- in warmer weather you should go in the evening when they light the ring of fire around the warrior. It's always annoying as a woman, to find public art patriarchal - nowhere did I see... More 

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Midway, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to see the fire show the day after the time changed, early spring. Found out it was going to go off at 9 instead of 7 which gave us enough time to go eat a great meal, it was really pretty! Hope they never stop lighting the fire!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Keeper of the Plains is a Wichita Landmark. It is lit up every evening and a wonderful area for a stroll along the river. There are paved river trails for walking along the river as well

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever we have family visit, we take them to see the fire keeper. (And the troll, which is nearby). It's fun to spend a little time outside especially if the weather is nice. My kids love it & love to see all the people who come hang out while awaiting the lighting.

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a place to see! The picture taking at Sunset is stunning! There is a little hidden "gremlin" below the sidewalk if you take a stroll down the sidewalk and there are beautiful memorials to fallen hero's along the path. The suspension bridge is gorgeous and the Keeper is something to see!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a nice area with something neat to see. It's pretty at night and during the day. Walk along the river over the suspension bridges to see the Veteran's park which is also very nice.

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Oley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

Very informative museum, nicely located, things to enjoy inside and outside. No rushing, staff could have been friendlier

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

I took my son here today and he loved it's crazy how peaceful it is, they also have the music going and the waterfall was nice.

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