Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Category - History Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:18:39 GMT This Northwestern Road Trip Rocks the Stereotype http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/This-Northwestern-Road-Trip-Rocks-the-Stereotype-/3110/ One of the things I love most about being a Kansas girl is the remarkable diversity of this state. In fact, if you had been along with me on my&nbsp;Yellow Brick Road Trip&nbsp;through the Northwestern High Plains, you would have marveled at dramatic rock formations and tasted the rich brew of a local coffee roaster. You could have experienced Kansas’ African-American heritage or hiked miles of scenic trails.&nbsp; Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/This-Northwestern-Road-Trip-Rocks-the-Stereotype-/3110/ Reconnect with Friends on this Girls-Only Getaway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Reconnect-with-Friends-on-this-Girls-Only-Getaway/3108/ It’s not often I get to steal away with my two high school BFFs for a weekend to reconnect and recharge. A weekend without kids and significant others means time for us to catch up, share stories, and celebrate with great food and shopping. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2014/16/Reconnect-with-Friends-on-this-Girls-Only-Getaway/3108/ Medicine Lodge rodeo celebrates ranch work, lifestyle and town’s history http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Medicine-Lodge-rodeo-celebrates-ranch-work-lifestyle-and-town-s-history/3081/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/2013-09-28-10.52.50.jpg'/><br/> Just when I thought I couldn't love Kansas anymore than I already do, I happen upon the 25th Annual Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo in Medicine Lodge. I fell hard and fast for the historic area, from its captivating landscape and openness of the people to the peaceful pace of life. A trip there envelops you in natural beauty, reminiscent of the Flint Hills in the same quiet, breathtaking way. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/9/Medicine-Lodge-rodeo-celebrates-ranch-work-lifestyle-and-town-s-history/3081/ Cooper Barn: A Wonder in Kansas Architecture http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/2/Cooper-Barn-A-Wonder-in-Kansas-Architecture/3068/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/2.jpg'/><br/> During a recent trip to Colby, I stopped off at the&nbsp;Prairie Museum of Art and&nbsp;History. The museum alone is a great place to visit and out in the field, sitting amongst the little one room school house, church and 1930's home is the massive Cooper Barn. This beautiful white barn stands&nbsp;out in it's newest home at an impressive 48 feet tall, 66 feet wide and 114 feet long!&nbsp; Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/2/Cooper-Barn-A-Wonder-in-Kansas-Architecture/3068/ Riding the Rails: Taking a Heritage Train Ride in Abilene http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Riding-the-Rails-Taking-a-Heritage-Train-Ride-in-Abilene/3033/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Abaline.jpg'/><br/> The railroad is so closely tied to the Kansas story of adventure, opportunity and progress that it only seems fitting those visiting the state should take the time to ride the rails. Amtrak service is limited in our state, but excursion trains to provide a unique and relaxing opportunity to enjoy this piece of history. Thu, 23 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Riding-the-Rails-Taking-a-Heritage-Train-Ride-in-Abilene/3033/ The Underdog on Horses carries the day at Mine Creek http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/28/The-Underdog-on-Horses-carries-the-day-at-Mine-Creek/3017/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/133-800x532-.jpg'/><br/> When you visit&nbsp;Mine Creek Battlefield&nbsp;on a quiet day, you can almost see them there: 7,000 Confederate soldiers charging across a battlefield on horseback towards two highly outnumbered Union brigades cresting the hill. The Union forces freeze in their tracks against the odds, but are destined to carry the day.&nbsp; Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/28/The-Underdog-on-Horses-carries-the-day-at-Mine-Creek/3017/ The Osawatomie Experience: a historic day-trip http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/26/The-Osawatomie-Experience-a-historic-day-trip/3016/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/170-800x532-.jpg'/><br/> Osawatomie is a great little Kansas day-trip full of history from a time when the state was new and people were passionate about their political positions. The town was a pivotal spot during the Bleeding Kansas fight for freedom. It stakes claim to being the place Kansans were first called "Jayhawkers" and is where the Kansas Republican party was founded. BUT, it is perhaps best known for its relation to the famous abolitionist, John Brown. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/26/The-Osawatomie-Experience-a-historic-day-trip/3016/ Hands on Fun at the Prairie Museum of Art and History http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Hands-on-Fun-at-the-Prairie-Museum-of-Art-and-History/3009/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/12.jpg'/><br/> Not too far off I-70 in Colby is the&nbsp;Prairie Museum of Art and History. Upon entering the museum we went first to the Kuska Exhibit, which houses the namesakes' personal collection of items including wedding dresses, military apparel, buttons, toys, glass and countless other memorabilia (I dare say everything but the kitchen sink!). At first glance it appears to be similar to any other historical museum I have been to but as I stepped foot into the first aisle, I discovered backlit vintage hodgepodge and before I knew what was happening, six legs were running everywhere and six hands were busy opening and touching this and that. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/25/Hands-on-Fun-at-the-Prairie-Museum-of-Art-and-History/3009/ El Quartelejo: A Visit Through the Ages http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/El-Quartelejo-A-Visit-Through-the-Ages/3005/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/111.jpg'/><br/> I would compare visiting the&nbsp;El Quartelejo Museum&nbsp;in Scott City to time-traveling through Western Kansas. When we arrived at the museum, a replica of a pueblo style building, we were given a brief introduction of the exhibits from Dennie Siegrist, the facility manager. He started us off with the western interior seaway, which occupied this part of the country 100 million years ago. We passed through the Monument Rock display, showing the chalk pyramids attraction which is located just down the road from Scott City.&nbsp; Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/12/El-Quartelejo-A-Visit-Through-the-Ages/3005/ The Dalton Gang’s Demise in Coffeyville http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/22/The-Dalton-Gang-s-Demise-in-Coffeyville/2999/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Coffeyville-11.jpg'/><br/> Imagine starting your day as you would any normal day, heading downtown to work or to run a few errands at the hardware store and bank. As you go about your business, you catch word that both banks in town are being robbed by five famous train robbers: the Dalton Gang. Did I mention that you're imagining life in 1892?&nbsp; Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/22/The-Dalton-Gang-s-Demise-in-Coffeyville/2999/