and Cold Water Towers
began as a practical joke is now one of Pratt's most unique
features. Pratt's hot and cold water towers have appeared in
nationwide publications and many visitors are seen stopping
for a humorous double-take or photograph.
Pratt offers a variety of stores and services. Visitors often
remark about the friendliness of merchants and courteousness
of clerks and service personnel. In addition to the downtown
area, shoppers will find national discount stores, lodging,
restaurants and fast food chains. You'll find that special gift
or needed refreshment at Pratt's main street business district.
County Historical Museum
visit to the Pratt County Historical Museum at 208 South Ninnescah
is like instant time travel back into the days when America
began building an empire out of a vast prairie. The Pratt County
Historical Society has created four galleries which depict scenes
from early day Kansas homes and businesses. People of all ages
find the Pratt County Museum unique and interesting.
Park Nature Trail
city park system is enhanced by a well designed 1 mile nature
trail in a wooded area south and adjacent to Lemon park. Lemon
Park, the largest of the parks in Pratt, is approximately 117
acres and has about 80 varieties of trees.
Nature Education Center
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Nature Education Center
is located two miles east and one mile south of Pratt. The renovated
90-year old building contains numerous wildlife mounts, dioramas,
live aquariums, education materials and activities. There is
no admission charge for the center, which is open from 8:30a.m.
to 4:30p.m. Picnicking and camping are also available along
the Ninnescah River just north of the museum building.
Operations Office and Fish Hatchery
hub of Wildlife and Parks Management for the state of Kansas
is located near Pratt. The first fish hatchery in Pratt County
was built in 1903 and the Kansas Fish and Game Department was
established in 1905. The present hatchery facilities were built
The hatchery ponds surround the department properties, producing
fish for impoundments across the state. Its natural setting
also promotes the mission of department employees to educate,
manage and protect the natural resources for the people of Kansas
and the kids fishing pond is always a hit.
County Veterans Memorial Lake
County Veterans Memorial Lake is located three miles east of
Pratt on Highway 64. The lake is well stocked with game fish
and is easily accessible. A boat ramp, numerous fishing piers,
a walk-out island and underwater fishing habitats add to the
lake's fishing productivity. Camping sites are also available.
Barron Theater, 313 S. Main, built in 1930 by Charles Barron,
remains a showcase of architectural design. Keeping with the
original Art Deco decor, the theater now accommodates twin screens
and first run movies.
will see a variety of Victorian homes that were established
in the community at the time of its inception. Many still have
the original ornate woodwork, some have ball rooms on upper
stories and one has a bowling alley.
Brick-lined Streets: In the early 1900's the brick-lined streets
were laid to accommodate the introduction of the automobile
and a trolley car which transported passengers from the railway
station to the downtown area.
B-29 All Veterans Memorial
B-29 All Veterans Memorial was dedicated Memorial Day weekend,
2003. The memorial honors ALL veterans, prisoners of war, and
the missing in action from ALL conflicts. The memorial is located
at the Pratt Airport Industrial Airport, formerly the Pratt
Army Air Field which began in 1942 during WWII and closed on
March 6, 1946. WWII heroes who trained at the base included
General Paul Tibetts, Colonel Bob Morgan to name a few. A rich
history of that era is being preserved.