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Going Down: A Trip Underground in Ellinwood

An entire town – underground. That’s the bygone era you can experience at the Ellinwood tunnels. In the late 1800s, practical concerns sent many businesses into the basements of their main-street counterparts. These "underground" businesses were connected by a series of boardwalks and tunnels creating a separate underground town. The set-up also helped early settlers survive rough Kansas winters and tornado season.

Posted on September 25, 2012 5:13PM by Karen Ridder

Tucked Away in a Corner of Kansas

My wife, Amy, and I recently took a weekend to get away from it all. And we got as far away from home as we could get and still be in Kansas.Sprawled across Kansas' southwest corner is the Cimarron ...

Posted on October 11, 2011 8:43AM by Dennis Toll

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

Meeting a real Lawman in Dodge City

A visit to Dodge City was like a dream come true for my older son. At home, my husband makes it a special treat to watch old Western movies when they have a “guy’s night.” So, my six-year-old had a pretty good John Wayne impression down by the time he was four. To say the child “likes” cowboys and gun-slinging is a bit of an understatement.When we arrived at the Dodge City Visitor Information Center, we were met by a real-life-honest-to-goodness Deputy U.S. Marshal. I thought my son would go over the top with excitement. Who needs Disney anyway?

Posted on May 18, 2011 3:04PM by Karen Ridder


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