Russell Springs museum shows off trail history
RUSSELL SPRINGS -- The Butterfield Trail Museum sponsored many of Sunday's Old Settlers Day activities, and the museum was open for people to view the many exhibits on loan from local and area residents.
Curator Kathy Herschberger said Old Settlers Day is easily the biggest day of the year for the museum, with other large numbers coming in during the museum's annual trail ride in June.
The museum features artifacts from the length of the Butterfield Trail in Kansas and opened to the public in 1964 in the former Logan County Courthouse.
"The newest thing is we have is a signature rock from (1859). It was found in Thrasher's Canyon where some guys signed the rock," she said.
One of Herschberger's favorite collections is the maps of Howard C. Raynesford, who walked the entire trail in Kansas. The collection includes artifacts he found along the way.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, but only from May through September.