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Pratt

Pratt
Deemed the "Gateway to the High Plains," the area is a rolling plain of green grassland, broken by the Ninnescah River and the hills along the Elm and Turkey creeks. The city of Pratt was named after Caleb Pratt, a young Civil War officer from the Kansas Infantry, who was killed in the Battle of Wilson Creek near Springfield, Missouri.

Pratt is home to the Miss Kansas Pageant, a preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. Three Miss America's have come from the program that is held annually the first full week in June. In addition to the competition, an evening parade and host of other activities fill the week.

The Pratt County Historical Museum is recognized as one of the most complete and varied museums in the State. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Nature Education Center is located in a renovated 80+ year-old building that contains numerous wildlife mounts, dioramas, and live aquariums, to name a few. There is no admission charge for either museum.

Pratt boasts 180 acres of park system including the beautiful Lemon Park Nature Trail, walking paths, playgrounds, Frisbee golf, and much more. Wood sculptures by chainsaw artist Clayton Coss adorn parks, the Courthouse lawn, and other places throughout the city. Ball diamonds, the Walter Blake Tennis Complex, golf courses, and swimming pool all provide outdoor opportunities. Add hunting, fishing and Pratt County Veteran's Memorial Lake to the agenda and there is something for everyone.

Shopping enthusiasts can find unique specialty shops, antiques, gift items, clothing and great places to eat. The Hot & Cold Water Towers began as a practical joke but have become an attraction for sightseers and photographers. The Barron Theater remains a showcase of architectural design and continues to have first run movies and accommodates twin screens. Roller Skating, bowling and community events round out activities in Pratt.

There are more than 300 motel rooms available in Pratt, which includes a Bed & Breakfast that is on the Historical Register.

For more information contact Pratt Convention & Tourism, (620) 672-3265, 1-888-886-1164, e-mail jeans@sctelcom.net, or visit www.prattkan.net.
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