Established in 1912, Montezuma is in the southwestern part of the state in Gray County. One of town’s best known attractions is the Stauth Memorial Museum, showcasing the extensive travels of Southwest Kansas residents Claude and Donalda Stauth. The museum highlights arts, crafts and images from around the world, plus geography computer games and a world coin collection. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits by the Smithsonian Institution and houses one of Kansas’ most extensive collections of North American and exotic game animals.
If you love quilts, you’ll find plenty of them on display in Montezuma and surrounding communities. Or if you’re looking for a good place to find gifts and cards, stop by the old-fashioned Montezuma Drug Store. Montezuma is also home to the Gray County Wind Farm, the state’s first and largest wind farm. You can learn about the 170 turbines that provide power for 33,000 homes at the site’s informational kiosk.
Be sure to enjoy a piece of homemade pie at Eva’s Kitchen or spend the night at the nearby Cimarron Crossing Bed & Breakfast. The 114-year-old home built by settlers who traveled the Santa Fe Trail offers a comfy front porch, a hot tub in the herb garden and a rosewood piano in the parlor.
Becky Blake is the Director of the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Division, and has been involved in the Kansas tourism industry for the past 30 years. TravelKS Blog provides a brief update from Becky each week, featuring communities, events and attractions throughout the state.