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The Keeper of the Plains, Wichita

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The Keeper of the Plains is a 13.4m Cor-Ten steel sculpture by Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin. It stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers in Wichita, Kansas adjacent to the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Surrounding the base of the statue are multiple displays which describe the local tribes that used to inhabit this area, as well as several fire pits which sometimes light up to illuminate the statue at night.The fire pits, which are known as the Rings of Fire, are lit manually for public safety and run in 15-minute increments. They are generally lit once a night around 7 pm during the summer and sunset during the winter.HistoryThe sculpture, commissioned by the city and private organizations to mark the United States Bicentennial, was erected in 1974. It has since become one of Wichita's most recognized and beloved symbols. A spring/summer 2006 project elevated the sculpture on a 30-foot rock promontory so it could be seen from farther away.A profile image of this statue comprises the motif adopted by the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, a U.S. Air Force flying unit which is based at nearby McConnell Air Force Base. From 1993 through 2004, an image of the statue, along with the words "Keeper of the Plains," appeared on the tails of Boeing KC-135 air refueling tankers assigned to the 22nd ARW.
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  • Easy to get to. Parking on both sides of the rivers. Native American flute music is perfect. The information is interesting to read. At 7pm (9pm in summer) they light fire pots at the base for 15min.....  more »
  • We were killing time before a concert and decided to walk to the statue. It's a picturesque walk along the river on a great paved path. I wish we could have gone back at night to see the ring of...  more »
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  • Me and my dog enjoyed A walk along the pathway. The only thing that wasn’t cool was there was broken glass along the walkway and some cigarette butts I was worried about the glass for my dogs foot but we were OK. It was a cool historic spot we will go again for another short walk. I got some nice pictures, want to come back in the evening to see the sunset from this view..
  • A truly beautiful and enchanted place. The walk over the bridge offers numerous photo opportunities of the majestic Keeper of the plains as well as the architecture of the bridge. Arriving at the site again offers opportunities for awesome Vista's of the falls and the Keeper. Very proud of my home town.

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