We stopped by the Keystone Gallery after visiting Monument Rocks, south of Oakley, Kansas. Unfortunately the Gallery was not yet open for the season. Still, our stop turned out to interesting.
Immediately adjoining the Gallery was a large pasture wherein we spotted this bison. He was surprisingly near and, as we had a barb-wire fence between us, we hopped out of our car to try to snap some close-up photos — the closest I’ve ever been to a bison (a.k.a. buffalo).
At first we thought this bison was alone, but soon it became apparent that he was part of a small herd as others started drifting over a rise in the pasture. A small reminder of a time when thousands of bison covered these hills and plains.
This building houses the Keystone Gallery. It’s over a hundred years old and was built as a church, though abandoned some time before the Gallery acquired it. The Gallery displays local aquatic fossils as well as art. It also has a gift shop.
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