The contents inside are worth a visit, but even without entering the building you can appreciate the history depicted on the north side of the building. Artist and Kansan Stan Herd was commissioned to create two murals: a 40' x 20' depiction of Clyde Cessna making his maiden flight in his first airplane, and a 15' x 10' mural depicting William "Cannonball" Greene driving a stagecoach between Kingman and Pratt. (There is also a 30' long mural inside on the second floor of the museum by D. Stoneberger.)
The name "Cannonball" Green also has notoriety--in fact, in triplicate! Kingman's visitors' literature identifies the driver in the mural as William "Cannonball" Green, but Greensburg, Kansas to the west claims its town took its name from D. R. "Cannonball" Green, and movies have depicted James "Cannonball" Green. Chasing down the explanation for the three different "Cannonball Greens" is beyond this blog, but whether it was William, D.R., or James driving the coach, there was a stage line that traveled the route called the "Cannonball" in its day. The operation of the stage line was cut short by the arrival of the railroads.
One of Herd's works, which depicted a pastoral Kansas landscape on a large barren lot near an underground railway tunnel in New York City, transformed what had been a trashy site into a work of rural art. Of particular interest today is the coinsidence that the barren lot on which Herd worked belonged to Donald Trump! The work was called "Countryside" and filmmaker Chris Ordal created an independent film called "Earthwork," creating a filmed work of art from Herd's creative artistic process.