“Where the little arkansas and arkansas river meet”
The Keeper of the Plains is a 13.4 metres (44 ft) Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin. It stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers in Wichita, Kansas adjacent to the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Surrounding the base of the statue are multiple displays which describe the local tribes that used to inhabit this area, as well as several fire pits which sometimes light up to illuminate the statue at night. The fire pits, which are known as the Rings of Fire, are lit manually for public safety and run in 15 minute increments. They are generally lit once a night around 9 pm during the summer and sunset during the winter.
This is a really nice stop! There are a lot of great photo opportunities and a lot to learn about the Plains Indians. We saw a mini-golf course nearby, and there is plenty of parking. The bridge is gorgeous, and everything was clean and well taken care of.
We really enjoyed this and happened to hit the 9-9:20pm timeframe on Friday evening to see it lit up. Incredible and fun!
Nice stop. The kids loved seeing the turtles on the rocks and walking across the bridge.
Really nice stop. Kids enjoyed it too!
It's a great pit stop to stretch your legs. Unfortunately, we passed through the area long before 9 p.m. when the statue is lit up. There are a few educational plaques about Native Americans.
This was well worth stopping for. It's beautiful and amazing.
Very cool! Make sure to check the hours they light the fire, it was 9pm when we were there.
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