The Kansas Riverkings Museum tells the story of men who once fished the Kaw River to sell their catch commercially 1890-1970. They were amazing and rugged outdoorsmen sometimes putting their lives on the line to feed themselves, Lawrence , and surrounding communities. Their knowledge of the currents and dangers of the Kaw meant that they were often called upon to retrieve drowning victims or assist during floods. However, after the 1920’s when many laws changed regarding commercial fishing, the Kansas game warden saw them as river outlaws, despite all their acts of heroism. Today’s exhibition room houses stories of their lives, artifacts (tools of the trade) they used on the water, maps and other interesting items.