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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 with ...

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

Vast Vista's Greet you on the Byway

Monument Rocks Vast 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

A Kansas player in the Civil War

Fort Scott has a unique history that follows the growing pains of our country in the middle of the 1800s. The National Historic Site recently marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, but the history of the Army’s presence in the area stretches back to a time when the western edge of Missouri marked the division between white and Indian settlements. 

Posted on April 27, 2011 2:22PM by Karen Ridder

The Greatest Kansas Hero

In our family “Eisenhower” most often refers to the aircraft carrier where my husband spent six years in the Navy. We saw the ship this summer. So, it only seemed appropriate to take the boys to the place where the real Ike lived here in Kansas. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Kansas boy who helped save the world. He was one of the greatest members of “The Greatest Generation” becoming Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and serving two terms as the 34th President of the United States.

Posted on March 23, 2011 8:25PM by Karen Ridder

Kansas Spotlight: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Learn about the treasures waiting for you at the 10,894-acre preserve of tallgrass prairie near Strong City.Named one of the top places in America to visit by National Geographic, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects a rare portion of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem that once covered 140 million acres of North America. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities at the preserve, including:

Posted on March 7, 2011 8:50PM by Becky Blake

A Century old Sentry: The Cathedral of the Plains

 

Exterior of Cathedral towers

When Victoria’s St. Fidelis Catholic Church was completed in 1911, it was the largest church west of the Mississippi River. Its twin towers, rising 141-feet in the air, can be seen for miles. They have stood for a century as a testament to the people whose hard work built a place of worship worthy of the nickname “Cathedral of the Plains.

Posted on February 23, 2011 8:22PM by Karen Ridder

Kansas’ 1861 Decision Leads to Civil War

In recognition of this year’s 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, I wanted to share the pivotal role Kansas played in its history. Most Americans don’t realize that Kansas’ decision to enter the Union as a “free” state on January 29, 1861, ignited the passion and fury of a country divided over slavery. Just a few months later, on April 12, the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C.

Posted on February 21, 2011 10:51PM by Becky Blake

Railroads in Kansas

The story of Kansas cannot be told without the railroad. The iron giants that pushed their way onto the prairie are as much a part of the landscape and development of this state as the vast open ...

Posted on February 2, 2011 3:42PM by Karen Ridder

150 Things I Love About Kansas Exhibit

Kansas Centennial Items

If you thought you knew what you loved about Kansas, it’s time to take another look.The Kansas History Museum in Topeka is featuring “150 Things I Love About Kansas” as a special exhibit in conjunction with the state’s 2011 sesquicentennial celebration. The display of ordinary items (a pair of overalls made in Kansas and worn by a Kansas farmer) mixes with the extraordinary (the first known photo of a tornado from 1884) to inspire visitors to think about the variety of unique people, places and things that make Kansas a place to celebrate.

Posted on January 26, 2011 7:43PM by Karen Ridder


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