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KTWU’s Sunflower Journeys

Sunflower Journeys which airs on KTWU on Thursday nights documents the History and culture of small Kansas towns. Each episode covers three short stories about people in the community and the communities history.  Shows like this are educational and great for families. If you love history and/or love to travel this is the show for you. Some of the towns featured have only a few hundred people but I would like to visit to see some of the businesss’ they feature. They have featured a brewery based 

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9 Places to visit in Kansas before you die!

Only in your State wrote an article about 9 of the best places to visit in Kansas. Some of the places like the Oz museum I have been to and are fun if you grew up watching the movie. Even if it is not on your regular play list. Some of the other places on the list I have not had a chance to visit yet. But I hope to, in the near future. Supporting local history is fun and makes good family entertainment.  Sometimes you have to experience it hands on and to live it to really understand why and how it happened. 

5 Kansas Small Town Restaurants That Remind You Of Grandma

Only in Your State wrote an article pertaining to restaurants that remind you of grandmas cooking. All of the restaurants mentioned are in small towns. Many of them serve comfort food / meat and potatoes. If you are into that kind of food than bone appetit!

Alma Mystery.     Cold Case: Murder on Eight Mile Road

For the people that like murder mystery mixed with history you might be intrigued by this.  The murder took place just outside of Eskridge, Ks.  Did I mentioned it is a 100+ year old cold case in a small town.  Not many small towns get a crime rate or a murder or any kind of crime like the big cities do, but that’s what makes the small town cold case so interesting.  Most people grow up thinking that in small towns everyone knows each other.  Well, maybe some small towns do not as much about each other as they thought. 

This a small excerpt from publicity of the author about the book:

Greg Hoot:  By the way, for those of you who enjoy an unsolved murder mystery, I recently authored a story called Cold Case: Murder on Eight-Mile Road, which tells of the unsolved murder of Wabaunsee County farmer, William Smale in 1903. Here’s a link to the story…maybe you can solve the 114-year old cold case. https://wabaunseecomuseum.org/2017/06/05/cold-case-murder-on-eight-mile-road/

Lake Wabunsee Pre Lake Photo

It’s an early view of the construction of Lake Wabaunsee (in Alma County) taken by Alma, Kansas photographer Gus Meier in the late summer of 1934. In this view, looking east, one can see the lake caretaker’s house under construction with the stonework complete but the rafters and roof had yet to be built. At the right, one can see the original barracks buildings which housed workers of the Kansas Economic Relief Committee’s Transient Camp. In the foreground one can see the lake bed which has been graded smooth. When this view was taken, work on the dam had not yet begun. Close examination of the view reveals the huge stacked piles of firewood behind the barracks which workers had cut when preparing the site and which were used to heat the buildings in the complex.

Today’s photo comes to us courtesy the Kansas State Historical Society and http://www.kansasmemory.org. It is included in the Gus Meier photos donated to the KSHS in 1967 by McFarland native, Dwayne “Bud” Wertzberger after the death of his aunt Mary Meier, the Alma photographer’s wife. (1)

1. Email received June 9