Beeler, Kanas, located on
Highway 96 in western Ness County, lies between Dighton and Ness
City in southwest Kansas.
A historical marker
featuring George Washington Carver, an African American
and one of America’s greatest scientists, is one of The
8 Wonders of Ness County. the marker is located on the
south side of the highway at Beeler. Carver revolutionized
agriculture in the south with his discoveries. From sweet
potatoes and peanuts alone, he made paints, soap, wallboard,
milk substitute, medicines, cosmetics and some 500 other
A mile and a half
south of the historical marker is the quarter section of land
originally homesteaded by Carver, located at SE/4 of
to Ness County 1886. That October, having decided on the
land that he wished to homestead, he built a sod house and
occupied it while working his claim, which finalized in 1888.
Another one of
The 8 wonders of Ness County located near Beeler, is
Indian Hill, which is located 3 ¾ miles north of marker C.
Visitors will see a silhouette of a steel Indian on top of
the hill. In 1988, Warren B. Sherwin purchased Indian Hill
Ranch from the Nuttle family of Arnold. In 2003, he asked Brad
Dinges to sculpt a steel figure of an Indian sitting on a
horse. The Dinges family and Mr. Sherwin placed the steel
sculpture of the horse and Indian rider at its current location.
It has been said that an Indian battle occurred on top of
“Indian Hill”, thus the naming of the hill. Still visible ridges
on the hill are what remain of trenches that the white men dug
to help defend themselves; it is also reported that shell
casings & arrowheads have been found on the hill.