Top 10 Things To Know About The Keeper of the Plains

Top 10 Things To Know About The Keeper of the Plains

  1. Address: Where the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers meet. 650 N. Seneca St. Wichita, KS 67203
  2. Hours: Closed nightly from Midnight – 5 AM
  3. Ring of Fire Display: 9:00 – 9:15 PM nightly (weather permitting). Note: Nov – Feb the display is from 7:00 – 7:15 PM
  4. The five-ton sculpture depicts a Native American Warrior offering a blessing to the sky.
  5. The sculpture is 44 ft. tall and was completed in 1974.
  6. The steel sculpture was designed by Native American sculptor Blackbear Bosin and constructed by Tom Washburn of Architectural Metal Products.
  7. Blackbear Bosin lived in Wichita. He moved here in 1940 and worked at Beech Aircraft. He died in 1980.
  8. The location of the sculpture is considered a sacred site by Native Americans.
  9. The plaza area by the Keeper represents the “Sacred Hoop” which represents the 4 areas that make up life; earth, air, fire, and water.
  10. In 2007 a 30 ft, man-made, stone pedestal was created to elevate the Keeper of the Plains to the focal point it is today.