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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

A Dogs Vacation at Lake Wabunsee

Keeping an eye out for other boats and jet skis at Lake Wabunsee.

A little tired from the swimming.

Smelling for fish.

Trying to stay awake. Again!


A storm trying to move in.

Just hanging around

Tulip Festival in Wamego, Ks

The Tulip Festival in Wamego, Kansas is a nice change of pace if you are use to the The Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City. The Tulip Festival is much smaller and fewer vendors than the Maple Leaf festival. It makes for nice scenery with all the tulips and the mill. If festivals are not your thing, there are other things to do in Wamego.  See and Do in Wamego. Wamego is really big into The Wizard of Oz, so there are many things based around The Wizard of Oz.  The town is very family oriented and fun for the whole family.  It is a small farm community and has the small town feel.

The fountain at the park. 

The fountain with my fiancé and now wife.  We actually got married on 5/14/11. Oddly, the same day this is being posted on our five year anniversary.

The pond in the park. We took our lab mix who we named Dixie to swim there a few years later.  She did not like it that much. I think it made her nervous because she could not find a good path in the water.  She is very liery of water unless my wife or I actually go in with her then she does not seem to mind going in the water.  

The Dutch Mill

Inside the mill. The mill is actually a Dutch Mill History. It was used to ground corn and flower. The mill was made or at least started in 1879 by John Schonoff.  John made every part of the mill himself.  The only part he did not make was the main drive shaft which he got from Leavenworth, Kansas.  John Chadwick actually milled and made the lime stone tower.  He was actually, a Wamego resident. You can find further information about the mill on the Dutch Mill History link.

Our dogs on the car ride home.  This is highly unusual.  Normally, they are all over the place and want to put their heads out the window like most dogs.  They had a busy weekend at the lake.  Mostly because they had long walks to get their energy out.  

The Tulip Festival

See and Do

The Maple Leaf Festival

Dutch Mill History