Historic Abilene: From the Cattle Trail to the White House

It's all aboard as we take a ride on the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad. The excursion train departs Abilene eastbound for a trip through the Smoky Hill River Valley to the neighboring community of Enterprise, KS. Train passengers are invited to visit the Hoffman Grist Flour Mill during the train's layover in Enterprise to explore the mill, see how it operates and make purchases.Following our train ride, lunch will be served at the famed Brookville Hotel where we will dine on a family-style chicken dinner with all the trimmings.After lunch, we will visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and boy hood home. At the museum, you will have the opportunity to see the all-new 25,000 square feet of museum exhibit space, which opened this past summer. There will also be time to visit the Heritage Center of Dickinson County where you can take a ride on a 1901 C.W. Parker carousel. Our last stop of the day is the Russell Stover Candies Factory and Outlet Store where you can watch candy being made and buy some sweet treats for the ride home!

Facilitator: Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University

Fee: $129.00


8:00 a.m. - Depart WSU Metropolitan Complex 

9:30 a.m. - Arrive Abilene Depot

10:00 a.m. - Train Departs

11:45 a.m. - Train Returns

12:00 p.m. - Lunch at Hitching Post or Brookville

1:30 p.m. - Arrive at Eisenhower Library and Heritage Center

5:00 p.m. - Stop at Russell Stover Candy Company

5:30 p.m. - Depart Russell Stover Candy Company

7:00 p.m. - Arrive at WSU Metropolitan Complex

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