Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - Santa Fe Trail Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:36:12 GMT Going Down: A Trip Underground in Ellinwood http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/25/Going-Down-A-Trip-Underground-in-Ellinwood/2684/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Underground-picture.jpeg'/><br/> 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. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/25/Going-Down-A-Trip-Underground-in-Ellinwood/2684/ Found on the Web: A Modern Day Visit to the Old West http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/26/Found-on-the-Web-A-Modern-Day-Visit-to-the-Old-West/1633/ Texans know a thing or two about the old west, but when writer Matt Pryor visited Dodge City he wrote, “Dodge put the wild in Wild West.” He wandered the red brick streets to get a feel of the ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/26/Found-on-the-Web-A-Modern-Day-Visit-to-the-Old-West/1633/ Tucked Away in a Corner of Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/11/Tucked-Away-in-a-Corner-of-Kansas/1219/ 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 ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/11/Tucked-Away-in-a-Corner-of-Kansas/1219/ Frontier Military Byway – more than a military tour http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/24/Frontier-Military-Byway-more-than-a-military-tour/941/ 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 ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/24/Frontier-Military-Byway-more-than-a-military-tour/941/ Step back in time at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/8/Step-back-in-time-at-the-Mahaffie-Stagecoach-Stop-Farm/855/ Explore hands-on history in 19th-century KansasSophisticated, suburban Olathe, Kan., may seem like the last place to find a  sanctuary for 19th-century living history, but look again. Tucked into ... Mon, 08 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/8/Step-back-in-time-at-the-Mahaffie-Stagecoach-Stop-Farm/855/ Reliving History at Fort Larned http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/27/Reliving-History-at-Fort-Larned/805/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/5984612444_8177cb0a13_m.jpg'/><br/> 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. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/27/Reliving-History-at-Fort-Larned/805/ Meeting a real Lawman in Dodge City http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/18/Meeting-a-real-Lawman-in-Dodge-City/513/ 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? Wed, 18 May 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/18/Meeting-a-real-Lawman-in-Dodge-City/513/