Visitors to Cedar Point are always welcome. The mill is the first thing you will see as you cross the bridge over the Cottonwood River, coming into Cedar Point. It is located just ¾ mile south of US 50 Highway, eight miles east of Florence, seventeen miles west of Strong City and approximately thirty miles west of Emporia. You can also visit the mill by going to http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=38.261478&lon=-96.819844&z=20&m=b.
The mill is too dangerous for visitors to go inside the mill until work is completed; however, good views of the mill are available from the bridge and walking around the mill. Be very careful in the high grass toward the river, as we have a variety of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes and abundant poison ivy. We also feature some to the most unusual bugs you have probably ever encountered, many of whom will be happy to bite and give you something to remember them by for a week or so. A couple of shots of bug spray will let them know that they are not welcome.
Cedar Point itself is a charming hamlet of approximately 28 inhabitants, according to Wikipedia. That is down about 40% from the population just ten years ago. It is interesting but sad to see what the town once was. For more images of Cedar Point and the Mill go to the Kansas Historical Society’s archives page and the Kansas Memory page.
Cedar Point’s setting along the river and tucked in against the Flint Hills help you see why Drinkwater decided to build his cabin on this site. We are hopeful that the resurrection of the mill will help reverse the trend and make people appreciate what Cedar Point has to offer.
A visit to Cedar Point must include other Chase County attractions, including the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve north of Strong City and the Chase County Court House in Cottonwood Falls. Go to www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm and www.chasecountychamber.org