Big Kansas Road Trip

The Big Kansas Road Trip will highlight attractions open to visitors in Brown, Doniphan and Nemaha counties next month. A caboose located in Everest, Kansas, is one of the stops along the route.

The Big Kansas Road Trip will highlight attractions open to visitors in Brown, Doniphan and Nemaha counties next month.

Kylee Bergstrom, director of the Seneca Area Chamber & Downtown Impact, said the goal of the event is to highlight the attractions that rural Kansas has to offer.

The attractions include museums, historical buildings, statues, locally-owned stores and restaurants.

“The idea of this road trip is to showcase what we have and what is open all the time in our three counties,” Bergstrom said. “There are many neat things to see and do all year. We want everyone to experience rural Kansas as it truly is.”

She said a historical marker in Troy, Kansas, is where President Abraham Lincoln reportedly visited and spoke in 1859.

Another attraction is the Bendena State Bank which was remodeled from a 1925 barn.

In addition, businesses participating in the event include Buggy Days Antiques in Seneca along with Mainstreet Flower Shoppe and Grimm’s Gardens in Hiawatha.

“There are many locally-owned businesses along the route through Brown, Doniphan and Nemaha counties that are participating,” Bergstrom said. “We want visitors to see as many locations as possible.”

The Big Kansas Road Trip has free printed guide books at various business locations along the route as well as information centers such as a courthouse or library.

In addition, the program guide is available on their website for participants to follow.

The event will be held from May 6 until May 9.

The Big Kansas Road Trip is being sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation which is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1995. The goal of the foundation is to recognize rural culture and the historical contributions communities make.

To view the guide book online, visit https://bigkansasroadtrip.com. For more information, contact Bergstrom by phone at 785-336-1313.