• Angie Kunze

City Park, Wamego Kansas : history, veterans memorial, Dutch windmill and a perfect spot to relax!

Updated: Jun 30

One could spend the better part of a day in Wamego City park, exploring and relaxing. The park was quiet, peaceful, and really quite stunning!


The Pond

According to the "Explore Wamego's History" pamphlet, "The pond in City Park is shaped like a whale, and once served as the public swimming pool." The eye of the whale is the island with the statue, seen below.

Statue in Wamego City Park Pond, Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas

Here are a few shots of the pond area. It was so beautiful here. I wish I had time to just sit with a book, and soak it in for awhile.

Wamego City Park, Pottawatomie County  Kansas, Travel Visit Kansas

Wamego City Park pond, Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas

Wamego City Park Pond, Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas

Wamego City Park pond, Pottawatomie County Kansas, visit travel Kansas

Wamego City Park Pond, Pottawatomie County Kansas, Travel visit Kansas

Wamego City Park Pond, Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas

Wamego City Park Pond, Pottawatomie County Kansas, Travel Visit Kansas

Wamego City Park Pond, Dutch Mill, Pottawatomie County, visit travel Kansas

The Old Dutch Mill

One of the most recognizable landmarks in Wamego is the old Dutch Mill. Schonhoff Dutch Mill was built by a Dutch immigrant to the area, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1880's, and moved to town in pieces, with 35 horse-drawn wagons, in 1924.

Schonhoff Dutch Mill, Wamego City Park, Pottawatomie County, travel visit Kansas
Schonhoff Dutch Mill

Schonhoff Dutch Mill, City Park, Wamego Kansas, Pottawatomie County Kansas, National Register of Historic Places, travel visit Kansas

Ceres Goddess of Grain, Schonhoff Dutch Mill, City Park, Wamego Kansas, Pottawatomie County, travel visit Kansas
Ceres, goddess of grain, looks out from the stone walls of the mill.

Schonhoff Dutch Mill, City Park, Wamego Kansas, Pottawatomie County, travel visit Kansas, Built in 1879 by a Dutch Immigrant, grain mill, Ceres, goddess of grain. Kansas Pioneers

Schonhoff Dutch Mill, City Park Wamego Kansas, Pottawatomie County, dutch pioneers in Kansas, travel visit Kansas

Wamego Historical Museum

The Wamego Historical Museum, a complex of several historical buildings, is also housed within City Park. Just a few of the things displayed in the main building: old military items, a stuffed Buffalo named Abigail (read about her story inside, or let one of the lovely ladies in the museum tell you all about her,) items from the 1893 World's Fair, a working 1950 Chrysler coupe (Walter P. Chrysler, the founder of Chrysler Corp was born in Wamego), a 1899 hand- pulled fire wagon, a Victorian bedroom, a restored 1899 buggy, paintings from local artists, and a country kitchen with old fashioned household items.


These are a few of the items in the stone building, which is pictured below: an Edison phonograph (it still works! ask to hear it played!,) railroad memorabilia, tool, farm and printing equipment and grindstones from the old Dutch Mill.


Wamego Historical Museum Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Walter P. Chrysler

Wamego Historical Society Museum, Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas
the main building in the museum complex

An authentic log cabin. It was built in 1840, and lived in until 1950! Take a peek inside, and see how folks lived on the prairie, many years ago.

authentic log cabin, Wamego City Park, Wamego Historical Society Museum, Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas, life on the prairie

Wamego City Park, Pottawatomie County Kansas, Wamego Historical Society Museum, travel visit Kansas

He was just begging me to take a picture with him.

Angie Kunze, Travel Blogger, creative photographer, Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore


authentic log cabin, Wamego City Park, Wamego Historical Society Museum, Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas, life on the prairie

They also have a one-room schoolhouse. The While Chapel School was built in 1882. Take a peek inside to see the classroom setup.

authentic school house from the 1800's, Wamego City Park, Pottawatomie County Kansas, Wamego Historical Society Museum, life on the prairie

I never got the scoop on this gun, but it sits just outside of the museum building complex.

artillery, gun, Wamego City Park, Pottawatomie County Kansas, Wamego Historical Society Museum, travel visit Kansas, war

Also located in the park, but not pictured, is the first jailhouse in the county.


Veterans Memorial

On the other side of the park, in the northeast section, is a veterans memorial. Here you will find the names of local heroes, who sacrificed all. Veterans are listed from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Wall of the Fallen, Wamego City Park, Veterans Memorial Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas, war heros, sacrificed all, ultimate sacrifice
The Wall of the Fallen

War Memorial, Wamego City Park, Pottawatomie County Kansas, sacrifice, some gave all, the wall of the fallen, travel visit Kansas, war heros, ultimate sacrifice

Veterans War Memorial, Wamego City Park, some gave all, duty called, sacrifice, duty to country, Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas, ultimate sacrifice
this statue is titled "Duty Called"

Veterans War Memorial, Wamego City Park, Pottawatomie County Kansas, some gave all, war heros, visit travel Kansas, ultimate sacrifice

Veterans war memorial, Wamego City Park, Pottawatomie County Kansas, some gave all, war heros, ultimate sacrifice, travel visit Kansas

Patriotic Toto, Wamego City Park, Pottawatomie County Kansas, travel visit Kansas
Near the war memorial, is where "Patriotic Toto" can, fittingly, be found.

Don't forget to check out the tulips in the park in springtime!






There is also a children's train that runs through the park.


I was so impressed with this park. It is something a much larger town would be proud to have. I think I'll take a book and go back.........


If you are looking for more to do in Wamego, check out my my titled "Off to see the Wizard, in Wamego Kansas, because sometimes, there really is no place like home!" (coming very soon!)



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