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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

Storms, BBQ and Fireworks

Lake Wabunsee is always a fun place to go for the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, this year, it was cloudy and rainy. For the most part, we never got more than a mist. But it was overcast the entire day. Even when it is raining or over cast it is nice to go to the lake and relax.


Until. The sun started to show. 


When I got up in the 4th the fog has rolled in. But it started leaving about an hour and half later. It did not need there. The weather was hot and muggy the rest of the day. Which, was fine, it was better than rain. 

The forecast was saying that the rain would move in around 4pm. Now hopefully the rain will come early and leave before people arrive or not show at all. Luckily, it did not rain at all.

I got up at 7:00 a.m. and made smoked pulled pork.  Put in three bonless pork butts for 10 hours at 225 degrees. My wife and I enjected it the night before with Grandma Hoerners Mayan Citrus Chipolte Sauce then put mustard, dry rub and brown sugar. 

After a few hours in the smoker.

The end result. It turns out really good. But who doesn’t like having BBQ of some sort on the 4th of July.  Granite we still had leftovers because people did not show but more to take home.

As the day went on the clouds and rain came back. Luckily we were able to shoot some of our fire works off. The city of Eskridge usually shoots fireworks off at the damn on the 4th but they decided to do it on the 3rd since it was a Sunday. That’s where the problems began. The clouds had moved back in. There was little wind and the smoke from everyone’s fireworks. So when the fire department shot the fireworks off you couldn’t see them past 20 feet in the air.  So no one was able to see them and all that money and fireworks were wasted. Now, we assumed they had no way of knowing people couldn’t see them and would not be able to stop them. So everyone went back to shooting their own fireworks. 


Sunset boat ride with the wife.

From the back deck at my parents house.

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

Lake Wabunsee Antique Store

A Topeka couple has built a cabin to use as an antique store.  If you have the chance to visit you should.  It’s a very small place. The area needs more places like this that fit in to the community but do not take away from the view. 

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