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The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
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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  • Very neat statue. Well thought out and planned. Super impressive. It's a must see. On edge of river. 
  • This was my favorite site in Wichita. It is beautiful, awe-inspiring, and the whole area is a great photo op! It's totally free and at night it's lit up with fire - awesome! 
  • I was absolutely amazed in the quality and detail of the park. It truly was enjoyable, even though I had stop by for such a short time. I want to return soon. 
  • B-e-a-utiful piece of art and recognition of the Native American culture that resided in this area long before modern times, like the Kanza Indians. Great day trip to walk around outdoors and relax.
  • Always a nice place to take out of towners, especially at night when the fire is lit. Cool hangout. Recently flooded with Pok√©mon GO players. Probably the most popular spot for players to hangout right now. Never had any trouble from them. Great to see so many people outdoors enjoying the area.
  • A go-to stop for Wichita visitors, the Keeper of the Plains statue is the symbol of Wichita. At the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, you'll also see a confluence of big and little people from every part of Wichita. In the summer, 9pm marks the lighting of the fireball flames around the statue, bringing delight to children and uncomfortable heat to nearby parents! Whenever family or friends are visiting town, I like to take them to walk around the Keeper and see the nearby "Creeper of the Plains" troll statue and Veteran's Memorial Park. There's a lot of life and fun on the river!
  • If your looking for a place to stroll around and enjoy some fresh air the keeper is the place to be a 9 pm they set the torches on fire it's fun to see at least once also if your into pokemon go tons of poke stops and water type pokemon
  • Beautiful landmark that symbolizes Wichita, KS. There is a fantastic loop running from the Keeper of the Plains statue all the way to First Street and back up through exploration place. To boot, this spot is amazing for walking your dog, going fishing, and if you're like me -- playing Pokemon Go. So many good Pokemon to catch, and has the rarest spawns in town. Go check this place out. It's buzzing with people, music, and food trucks ever since Pokemon Go was released.
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