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This Northwestern Road Trip Rocks the Stereotype

Arikaree Breaks. One of many dramatic rock formations in Kansas

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 Yellow Brick Road Trip 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. 

Posted on December 16, 2014 11:09AM by Jess, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Medicine Lodge rodeo celebrates ranch work, lifestyle and town’s history

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.

Posted on October 9, 2013 8:00AM by Guest Blogger

Cooper Barn: A Wonder in Kansas Architecture

During a recent trip to Colby, I stopped off at the Prairie Museum of Art and 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 out in it's newest home at an impressive 48 feet tall, 66 feet wide and 114 feet long! 

Posted on September 2, 2013 9:49AM by Jenni Harrison

Riding the Rails: Taking a Heritage Train Ride in Abilene

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.

Posted on May 23, 2013 8:28AM by Karen Ridder

The Osawatomie Experience: a historic day-trip

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.

Posted on March 26, 2013 2:51PM by Karen Ridder

Hands on Fun at the Prairie Museum of Art and History

Not too far off I-70 in Colby is the 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.

Posted on February 25, 2013 10:00AM by Jenni Harrison

El Quartelejo: A Visit Through the Ages

I would compare visiting the El Quartelejo Museum 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. 

Posted on February 12, 2013 10:12AM by Jenni Harrison

The Dalton Gang’s Demise in Coffeyville

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? 

Posted on January 22, 2013 8:14AM by Jimmy Sevcik


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