I had the chance to visit the museum, which preserves the history of the Timberlands, a few years ago and I remember it being packed with information. For instance, on my visit there I learned of Littleton Meek Veazey (who gave land for the city of Sheridan in 1869), saw relics from the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry (one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War), learned of the logging technique of river rafting, saw the tools of the trade of local beloved veterinarian William DeKalb Wylie, saw one of the nation’s largest displays of military vehicles at the Richard G. Harrison Military Vehicle collection, took in a collection of World War II artifacts, toured Heritage Square (a collection of original buildings once found in town) and learned of local tales such as that of Dr. Richard Rhodes, (the first Doc in the territory) who was murdered in town (by being hanged twice!) by Jayhawkers in 1867 and the 1939 kidnapping of Witt Stephens.
And that’s only glossing the surface of what’s housed there.
For more details on the museum, visit www.grantcountymuseum.org or call 870-942-4496.