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Posts for July 2011

Tuck into fine food at Kansas’ Café on the Route

The Food Network highlighted Baxter Springs restaurant along Route 66

*CLOSED - January 6, 2013*

In the extreme southeastern corner of Kansas lies Cherokee County, the only county in the state that can lay claim to 13.2 miles of Old Route 66. Established in 1926, the two-lane road originally stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles and became famous for the unique communities along “Route 66.”

Posted on July 29, 2011 11:32AM by admin

Reliving History at Fort Larned

Imagine walking 50 miles across a hostile prairie just to make sure the mail goes through. That was among the regular duties for infantry soldiers at Fort Larned in the 1860’s. The fort was among those constructed to protect commerce on the Santa Fe Trail. The trail was one of the most important trade routes in the United States, but hostilities with American Indians in the region made for dangerous travel in southwestern Kansas. Soldiers provided armed escort for mail stages and wagon trains. They participated in several small scale conflicts with tribes in the area, and when the Indian wars were ended, the fort served as a point of distribution for goods and supplies promised in the peace treaties.

Posted on July 27, 2011 8:38AM by Karen Ridder

Historical Recipes Served at Trail Days Café in Council Grove

Imagine dining on roast buffalo like the Native Americans or baked ham with strawberry sauce just as the early settlers did, with your meal delivered by servers in period costumes inside a Victorian era decorated home built in 1861 along the famous Santa Fe Trail. Find this unique cultural experience inside Council Grove’s Trail Days Café and Museum where you truly step back in time dining on historical foods in a historic setting.

Posted on July 22, 2011 1:11PM by Cecilia Harris

Found on the Web: Photos reflect Kansas’ 1856 Battle of Black Jack

Kansas photographer snaps dramatic images of re-enactors near Baldwin CityLearn more about Kansas’ heritage – including the pre-Civil War reference “Bleeding Kansas” – by checking out recent photos by photographer Michael C. Snell. Last month, the award-winning and Kansas-based travel photographer shot a re-enactment of the June 2, 1856, Battle of Black Jack near Baldwin City, Kan.

Posted on July 18, 2011 3:26PM by Becky Blake

Visit Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Paola, Kan.

Tour the grounds and taste the vineyard’s 18 wines for free

Stroll through a thriving vineyard with a glass of wine in your hand. Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Paola, Kan., invites you to experience its grape-growing and winemaking processes firsthand. We recently spent time with Somerset representatives who are eager to share their winery’s story and details on their award-winning, handcrafted Kansas wines.

Posted on July 15, 2011 4:03PM by admin

New Ballet About Nicodemus Part Of Homecoming Emancipation Celebration

children holding signSomething special has been happening in Nicodemus every year since 1878. Back then, the community founded in 1877 by 350 freed slaves from Kentucky and Tennessee held an Emancipation Celebration every year to commemorate the abolishment of slavery. Today, the event celebrates that and so very much more. Nicodemus is, afterall, the only town still in existence west of the Mississippi River that was established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War.

Posted on July 13, 2011 2:49PM by Cecilia Harris

Lindsborg offers all things Scandinavian, including Swedish pancakes

This month we’re featuring a recipe from Swedish Pastries & Emporium in Lindsborg, Kan. The biker-friendly restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday. The menu includes Swedish pancakes, meatballs, pastries and sandwiches, plus daily specials. You can also browse the gift shop featuring paintings of cats by local artist Beverly Barbo.

Posted on July 8, 2011 3:13PM by admin


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