Echo Cliff Park - Dover, Kansas
Echo Cliff Park, southwest of Dover, Kansas in an area once known as Gibbsville, is cool little park owned by the Echo Cliff Park Trust. The park area was cleared the 1920's and eventually deeded to the Dover Grange to be preserved for the public.
There are unusual folk art signs, picnic tables and a shelter which were built from scrap metal and concrete by Earl Hepworth, a local farmer who has been a caretaker of the park since the 1960s.
Mission Creek enters the park, passing under two bridges and runs past the foot of the 50' cliffs which gives Echo Cliff Park its name. One of the bridges carries Echo Creek Road over the creek. It stands next to a truss bridge which had been built in about 1920 and it no longer open to vehicles, just pedestrians.
Echo Cliff received its name in 1895, but there is archeological evidence that Native Americans had lived or camped here over 1000 years ago. More recently it may have been a Kanza Indian village encampment.
Overnight camping is prohibited.
copyright 2017 by Keith Stokes