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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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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

Wabunsee Pines Golf Course

Wabunsee Pines golf course is a community golf course that is next to Lake Wabunsee in Alma County, Kansas. This golf course is mainly kept up by volunteers. From what I understand there is one full time staff that oversees the whole project. It took the community volunteers about ten years to clear, mow and actually bring the whole thing together. Now, this course will not be featured on the PGA or LPGA anytime soon but well worth the time if you are looking to play and have a great view while brushing up on your skills or just wanting to start playing. The whole thing operates in the honor system. Meaning they have a mailbox and a sign in sheet to keep track of who comes in and who borrows a golf cart.


My wife playing golf for the first time. At least golf that dies not include windmills, waterfalls or any other unnatural obstacle that may have a motor.


One of the wholes on the back nine that you can see a portion of the lake and farm land.


Lake Wabunsee before the storm

Lake Wabunsee is just outside Eskridge, Ks.  Eskridge is located in Alma County, Kansas.