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Page 50 of 77 49 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 M E A N S G R E A T P H O T O S ouvenirs, T-shirts and tourist mementos are great, but nothing memorializes a fantastic trip more than an iconic photograph. Photos immortalize our travel experiences and help us remember amazing places long after we have visited them. They document the days that were far outside our routines and help us to inspire people around us. The Grand Central states are full of great places for taking memorable photographs. Whether you want a group photo, a selfie or a simple snapshot, take a few minutes to stop in at some of these iconic spots next time you travel through Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Dodge City, Kansas It's best to have your camera ready when your group visits the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City. In a town known for its place in the Old West, this museum is more than just galleries and artifacts. "The museum is a collection of buildings," said director Lara Brehm. "We have exhibits in most of the buildings. Our Front Street has a replica of all of the businesses in historic Dodge. We tell the story of our area, which is an Old West story. It includes the era when Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday would have been here." As those legendary names would suggest, Dodge City saw its fair share of lawlessness during the frontier days, and the museum takes its name from Boot Hill, the cemetery where gunshot victims were said to be buried still wearing their boots. The cemetery is part of the museum grounds today and makes an ideal spot for a group photo. Groups that visit in the summertime will find numerous other opportunities for great snapshots. "We do a country-style chuck-wagon dinner each evening and a gunfight re- enactment in the street," Brehm said. "The 'Long Branch Variety Show' is a blending of the actual history of the area and the Hollywood era of 'Gunsmoke.' We also have Miss Kitty and her can-can dancers, which is a great group activity." Brehm said after the gunfights, cos- tumed actors take photos with visitors who watched the show. Besides the scheduled activities, travelers love to visit historic sites on the grounds. Favorites include the Fort Dodge Jail — another great photo op — as well as the Long Branch Saloon, the schoolhouse, the blacksmith shop and the 1903 locomotive. Eureka Springs, Arkansas Few groups visit Eureka Springs without stopping for a photo in front of one of its most iconic sites: Christ of the Ozarks. "Christ of the Ozarks is a seven-story monument statue," said Kent Butler, director of marketing for "The Great Passion Play"; the statue is located on the same grounds where the play is produced. "It's the largest statue of Christ that we're aware of in the Northern Hemisphere. It overlooks the historic downtown district of Eureka Springs. Some of the most beautiful views in the Ozarks are on that mountain, and this is the 50th anniversary of the statue standing on that hill." The statue is 67 feet tall — if it were any taller, it would require a warning beacon for passing aircraft — and its outstretched arms measure 65 feet from fingertip to fingertip. b y B r i a n J e w e l l The Route 66 Rocker in Cuba, Missouri, was the worldís largest rocking chair for eight years.

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