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Off to see the Oz Museum

Dorothy might not have been from Wamego, but the town has claimed her as its own. There you will find the Oz Museum. It has become a great place to visit for anyone with a love of the 1939 classic movie or the fairy tales written by Frank Baum that inspired it. Since opening in 2003, the museum has grown in popularity to attract nearly 30,000 visitors a year.

Posted on December 27, 2011 10:16AM by Karen Ridder

Fort Scott by Candlelight

Each December, Fort Scott National Historic Site provides visitors a unique opportunity to experience history. They turn off all of the modern lights, cover up the interpretive ...

Posted on December 20, 2011 9:29AM by Karen Ridder

A Nice Drive in the Glacial Hills

A Buffalo Soldier monument in Fort Leavenworth initiated our recent trek up the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway. The monument pays tribute to the 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments. These groups of Black soldiers got their nickname in the Indian Wars. Native Americans said they were brave and fierce in battle - like the Buffalo. Since my son is a huge fan of the Civil War era Cavalry, this was a great way to start an historic and picturesque drive up the eastern edge of the state.

Posted on November 15, 2011 10:19AM by Karen Ridder

A Haunting Experience in Atchison

Each year, as cooler weather rolls into town, Atchison gets busy sending chills down your spine. The river town has a unique history. Louis & Clark landed here on July 4, 1804. Aviatrix Amelia Earhart called it home. It was once a major commercial and railroad center of the state. In recent years, however, Atchison has become better known for tales and legends of a darker kind – enough that is has earned the moniker “The Most Haunted Town in Kansas.” It has learned to wear it well as thousands of people flock there every fall to hear some of the dozens of ghost stories associated with the town’s beautiful homes and spaces.

Posted on October 18, 2011 2:01PM by Karen Ridder

A Flair for Celebrating History: Medicine Lodge

Medicine Lodge celebrates Kansas history with a spectacular flair. Of course, since it is hometown to the flamboyant and tempestuous Carry A. Nation, it might not be surprising that the town knows how to get a point across.

Posted on September 28, 2011 9:17AM by Karen Ridder

Frontier Military Byway – more than a military tour

There are so many interesting places to visit along the Frontier Military Scenic Byway, you really need to plan a few days to catch it all. The byway takes you along the border area between Kansas and Missouri. It roughly follows the old military road originally built to link Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott with military installations further to the south. The area was a hotbed of activity during the Bleeding Kansas fight for statehood. Along the route you will find the site of the Marais des Cygnes massacre, a brutal attack that galvanized guerilla warfare between free-state and pro-slavery forces in territorial Kansas. Nearby Mine Creek Battlefield is the site of the only major Civil War battle fought in Kansas. This scenic byway is not all about the military though. You will find a Santa Fe Trail stop, a stately historic home, several parks and a cider mill. The drive is through a beautiful part of the state with lots of hills and trees as you head south out of Kansas City. It takes you past so many interesting stops you will surely find something to please everyone in the family.

Posted on August 24, 2011 12:27PM by Karen Ridder

Reliving History at Fort Larned

 Old fashioned fort with stone walls and wooden tables.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

Taming Cowboys, but Keeping it a Bit Wild

If you really want to experience a piece of Kansas, go to a Rodeo. The sport is unique because it has its roots in real work required of cowboys on the job. It gives you a taste of our history ...

Posted on June 22, 2011 3:54PM by Karen Ridder

Vast Vista's Greet you on the Byway

Monument RocksVast is the word that strikes a traveler on the Western Vistas Historic Byway. It is very nearly the only way to describe the open plains that greet you along this 102-mile road in the furthest stretches of western Kansas. A mix of natural archeological, architectural, cultural and historic sites line this first historic byway in the state providing enough variety to guarantee each traveler a unique reward.

Posted on May 25, 2011 7:01PM by Karen Ridder


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