The Keeper of the Plains

The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita: Address, Phone Number, The Keeper of the Plains Reviews: 4.5/5

The Keeper of the Plains
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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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TripleLily
Austin, TX126 contributions
Witchita's Centerpiece
Nov 2021 • Couples
A beautiful park with the Keeper of the Plains as its centerpiece. The native American music along with the history of some of the local tribes makes this a worthwhile and lovely place to visit.
Written November 3, 2021
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rhaltn56
Murfreesboro, TN128 contributions
Tranquil and Inspiring
Sep 2021
Real nice and worth the walk to get to it from parking area, real good for picture buffs. Nice scenic river views and not a lot of people there. Nice informational displays for history overview,
Written October 11, 2021
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tina s
Mansfield, TX30 contributions
Inspiring place
Sep 2021
Visited this site with a friend while in Wichita. We went around sunset so it was just beautiful. We felt as if we were on sacred ground as we walked around the monument.
Written September 28, 2021
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AnnaSkin
San Antonio, TX76 contributions
Lovely place almost spoiled
Aug 2021
This is a really beautiful place ! The statue is wonderful but the wildlife on the river make it better. The only problem was that there was a guy there playing a guitar who drowned out the lovely flute music coming over the speakers.
Written September 3, 2021
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QuirkyDrivenLife
Midwest City, OK762 contributions
Wichita is full of beautiful things 💙
Sep 2021 • Friends
I enjoyed viewing the majestic Keeper of the Plains which is a steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin. Standing overlooking the the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers and is in front of the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Look for The Troll statue not far from the Keeper of the Plains.

There are informational displays which describe the local tribes that used to inhabit the area, as well as several fire pits that illuminate the statue at night. The fire pits, which are known as the
Rings of Fire, which are lit one time a night and it only lasts for 15 minutes. I was not able to watch the fire pits burning, as I had another event I was attending simultaneously.

What a lovely spot in Wichita! Neat area that was alive with activity. There were kayakers on the river, people taking family photographs and other people being physically active. Great walkway and a beautiful view of the city. I was really impressed with the town. I had a nice visit in Wichita.
Written September 1, 2021
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Mcolflesh
Southampton, PA82 contributions
2 minutes of fire not worth the effort!
Aug 2021 • Family
Only came to Wichita specifically to see the fire pits light up and was completely disappointed. At 9pm, 4 of the fire pits lit up for 2 MINUTES! Was completely underwhelming.
Written August 10, 2021
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Ron B
Kansas City, MO32 contributions
Wonderful park like area around the rivers
Aug 2021
This was a very clean and pretty area to walk around. The Keeper of the Plains is a great sight to see. The area is close to the museums and has a walk way around much of it.
Written August 3, 2021
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belinda m
Portsmouth, UK482 contributions
Great vibe
Jul 2021 • Family
Nice to visit such a good vibe sculpture and historic area. Loved the good vibe music and enjoyed reading about the area and people. Very clean and easy to get too.
Written August 1, 2021
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Family travels
South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan20 contributions
Must experience
Jul 2021 • Family
Such cool location. The area has music playing giving it a vibe of serenity. They had walking/biking trails. The thing to do is rentals scooters, we saw lots of people on these. We weren't around at 9pm when they light the fires but would have been cool to see
Written July 19, 2021
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luv4phood
Marietta, GA639 contributions
Arrive at sunset for the lighting!
Jun 2021
Lots of free parking nearby makes this an easy place to check out. We enjoyed walking along the bridges and the sidewalks along the river. We saved this for the end of the day so that we could see the fires being lit around the Keeper of the Plains at sunset.
Written July 13, 2021
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