The Medicine Lodge Stockade Museum gives you a taste of what life was like in a stockade in the 1870s.
Journey with us to a time in our country’s past where life was hard, but hope for a better future was strong. The promise of new life in the west called many families to leave everything familiar behind. Pioneers were seeking a new land of opportunity where one could homestead and raise a family. Stockades became the gathering place of protection for these pioneers during troubled times.
The Carry Nation Home is next door to the Stockade Museum and a Stockade Museum ticket also admits the visitor to the Carry Nation Home Museum.
In 1880 Kansas had passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting the non-medicinal sale of intoxicating beverages, which Kansas saloon keepers widely ignored. This troubled Carry greatly, and she began smashing saloons in her attempt to enforce the law. She smashed her first saloon on June 1, 1900, in Kiowa, 20 miles away.
This home, where Carry lived when she began smashing saloons, was declared a National Historic Landmark in May 1976. Inside the home are memorabilia of Carry’s crusade against alcohol as well as her antique writing desk, pump organ, walnut dresser, and oak bed.
Carry A. Nation was voted to be one of the "8 Wonders of Kansas People."
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