Stop for the legend!
Located at the junction of Interstate 70 and US Highways 83 and 40 in Northwest Kansas, Oakley celebrates the birthplace of the “Legend of Buffalo Bill”. It was here in Logan County in 1868 that William F. Cody won his title of Buffalo Bill in a buffalo-hunting contest with William Comstock. Our twice life-sized bronze sculpture of Buffalo Bill on his horse in pursuit of a running buffalo, by Kansas sculptor Charlie Norton, is one of the largest bronzes of its kind anywhere in the world and is one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas Art”. Enjoy the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, outdoor storyboard, and picnic area. Join us at the Cultural Center in October during the Kansas State corn-husking contest.
Drive the byway!
This area is home to the first Historic Byway in Kansas. The Western Vistas Historic Byway is rich in history, archeology, and geological formations. The 102-mile journey, covering three counties (Logan, Scott &Wallace), includes Lake Scott State Park, seven museums, walking trails at the Nature Conservancy, and more.
Come explore a world of fossils!
The Fick Fossil and History Museum is home to many world-class fossils including the bones of the oldest documented mosasaur skull in the world. Enjoy exhibits detailing the Smoky Hill Trail, Kansas Pacific Depot, and sod house. Then, head to Monument Rocks, Kansas’ first National Natural Monument, located just 25 miles south of Oakley on the byway. These cretaceous chalk layers, full of marine fossils, some rising as high as 70 feet, are one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas”.
Spend the day and stay the night!
Oakley offers activities for everyone. Golf our 9-hole golf course or visit one of our three city parks and take a ride down the slide at the “Cool Pool” swimming pool. Stop in at the bowling alley and fun center. Take time out on the weekend to catch a movie at the local, student-run theater. Come see us in July for our county fair, rodeo, tractor pull, and carnival and come back in the fall and winter for outstanding dove, pheasant, turkey, or deer hunting. With plenty of hotels, motels and RV and camping facilities, Oakley has room for all.