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The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

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The Keeper of the Plains is a 13.4m 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 7 pm during the summer and sunset during the winter.HistoryThe sculpture, commissioned by the city and private organizations to mark the United States Bicentennial, was erected in 1974. It has since become one of Wichita's most recognized and beloved symbols. A spring/summer 2006 project elevated the sculpture on a 30-foot rock promontory so it could be seen from farther away.A profile image of this statue comprises the motif adopted by the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, a U.S. Air Force flying unit which is based at nearby McConnell Air Force Base. From 1993 through 2004, an image of the statue, along with the words "Keeper of the Plains," appeared on the tails of Boeing KC-135 air refueling tankers assigned to the 22nd ARW.
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  • Coming from Chicago for an ice skating competition, we were welcomed with beautiful weather. We had some downtime between practices, competing, team meetings & dinners, and took advantage of the warm,...  more »
  • Nice quick stop. A little bit of interesting education information. Right by the Exploration Center.  more »
  • Beautiful walk bridges and statue. Right on the river. Easy walk from downtown hotels Was there in the daytime but heard at 7pm they light the fire and the lights are beautiful  more »
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  • Easily one of my favorite places to go. You can walk right along the river and read about some really interesting history of Wichita's Native People. It's located right by Exploration Place and the Veteran's Memorials which make an easy footpath for both residents and visitors to explore. Bonus if you catch the rings of fire being lit each night! Beautiful!
  • My wife and I love to explore and since we're new to Kansas we had to take the time to see this beautiful statue. We really enjoyed the landmark and reading the history that is written on placards around the base of the statue. There is a really cool aspect at night where these fire pits light up at 9pm during the summer and 7:30pm during the winter that make for a really beautiful scene. If you're looking for something to do on a Saturday...this is a great option.
  • Free public park/attraction. Popular with locals and visitors a like. Free public walkways line both sides of the river connecting and circling around the Keeper. Attraction is well maintained and clean. Children are frequently seen here, hopefully not climbing on parts they shouldn't. Flames light up nightly for a beautiful effect. Across from Riverside tennis courts is a traffic light the eases the left turns. On the exploration place side is a huge parking lot (larger then Riverside side)
  • The native heritage is strong in Wichita. This statue is a tribute to the four forces of nature. Beautiful statue during the day and a showing of fire at 9:00 p.m. every evening. .
  • Always enjoy my time at the Keeper. Some of the people around are engaging in questionable activities, but it's still always been a good time.
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