This memorial is found on the courthouse square in Holton.
to read the Get Kansas! blog showing Veterans memorials in counties where we have ERV'd.
The Russell County Veteran's Memorial is found in Russell.
Scott City, Kansas
Jennie Parker's father was at the Battle of Punished Woman Fork when he was 14. This was the first time she had been to this place so important in her family lore.
In 1878 the Northern Cheyenne Indians fled the Indian reservation in Oklahoma to go back to their homeland in Montana. Soldiers pursued them and caught up with them in a place strategically chosen by the Northern Cheyenne, a place near current day Lake Scott State Park called Punished Woman Fork, aka Battle Canyon. Things didn't go quite as planned.
Roll forward 135 years. On September 28, 2013, more than 100 Northern Cheyenne, many descendants of those of the battle, came from Montana and around the country to commemorate the battle that took place in 1878.
For those who attended, it was a very special occasion.
Some of us were just moved by being close to the descendants who somberly took in the scene.
What were they thinking and feeling as they walked the grounds?
The soldiers were represented, too.
There was a ceremony to bring all the sides to some healing conclusion.
Battle Canyon is open to the public. It's just you, history, and this natural site.
Signage helps guide your thoughts.
The turn is just north of the U.S. 83 and K-95 intersection, about 15 miles north of Scott City.
Hats off to Jerry Thomas who spearheaded the event but also to all others who have worked to get national recognition for this site.
We went to this event while on our ERV research in Scott County September 28, 2013.
Bennington is a town of 671 in Ottawa County.
It's always nice to find good signage in a town.
But there's nothing better than getting the scoop from the guys on the bench. And there always seems to be a place with guys on the bench, or at a table in the coffee shop. First they look at you like you're a curiosity. Then you have a sentence or two to generate enough interest or credibility, or further joshing. Usually, luck is with you and you can get down to some questions you really need answered.
The town is fortunate to have a grocery store, Westside Ventures, which doubles a cafe (specializing in broasted chicken), and the morning coffee stop. Kansas Troubles Quilters
is a popular retreat place
Often there are cool things that happen in a small town but you'd never know from a windshield survey. Bennington is home to a Kansas Figure Drawing Group
as organized by Debbie Wagner. The idea of the group is to invite a variety of Kansans to come in to be recorded through the drawings of this group. It's pretty awesome.
The Linger Longer
is an old-fashioned soda fountain located in an old mercantile. Sharolyn Wagner, a Dr. Pepper fan, and husband Do have done an amazing job converting the building into one of the top nostalgic experiences in the state, for locals and for visitors.
If you want a place to relax and enjoy a small community, there's always a spot for you in Bennington.
You never know what you'll find when you enter a museum in a small town. To be sure you'll see the usual sad irons, doctor and dentist equipment, and dishes but there is almost always something particular to the community.
You also don't know what you can't see, the challenges like budget, staff, and the heart of the director, which might be the biggest thing in the building. In the case of the Ottawa County Museum (110 S. Concord, Minneapolis; 785.392.3621), that's the case. The director is Jettie Condray.
There is also no bigger fan in the state for George Washington Carver than Jettie. Jettie made Carver eligible for the 8 Wonders of Kansas People contest because of the permanent display honoring him. In the end, the public voted Carver one of the top 8
Carver was an agri-scientist, botanist, educator, humanitarian, and inventor, best known for discovering hundreds of uses for peanuts, soybean, sweet potatoes, and pecans and for developing crop rotation method.
Carver went to school in Minneapolis from 1880-1884.
You can also see Bennington native Bobby Dale's trumpet. Dale played in the John Philip Sousa band from 1917-1919.
From fossils to Native American history, the museum is full of interesting treasures but I loved going through the museum with Jettie as he told us about how certain displays came to be. He's a humble man but I can tell you that the county is so fortunate to have Jettie preserving their story.
From cemetery and post office art to architectural specialties in the form of a liquor store and Chevrolet dealership, Hoisington is an Explorer town full of visual surprises.
First, props to Stacey at the Chamber. Without her knowledge and direction we would've never come across some of our favorite art finds -- African American folk art gravestones. You can see them, too, at the Hoisington Cemetery, 109 E. First.
When you find something not seen elsewhere in the state, it feels like real treasure. There were at least a dozen of these gravestones, each a little different. We'll keep hunting for the facts behind these gravestones.
You won't need anyone to tell you about the iron art work around town. You can see it everywhere -- most evident are the street banners. You'll also see it on flag pole holders...
...park benches, park gates, and many other places. Just keep your eyes open. This artwork is prolific here because Hoisington is home to the brothers, Bruce and Brent Bitner, who have this artistic ability. Learn more about them at B&B Metal Arts
. It adds so much to the town!
One of the best visual surprises of the area can be reached just outside of Hoisington at Cheyenne Bottoms on the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway
. Important as a migratory stop, Cheyenne Bottoms was voted one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas
. Information about the wildlife and shore birds that you can see at this wetlands is found on an attractive sign in the park on Main Street by First National Bank.
There are only 22 post offices in the state that are lucky enough to have a Section Art
mural. Hoisington is one of them. Dorothea Tomlinson painted the Wheat Center
in 1938. One great aspect of these murals is that they so beautifully depict something iconic about the area in that time period.
Even if you're not in need of purchasing a Chevrolet, a stop at the fourth-generation Manweiler dealership should be made just to appreciate the curved showroom and neon Chevrolet sign. Recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places
, it is a "rare World War II example of a Streamline Art Moderne building pre-dating the more common modern dealerships of the post-war era." In other words, not many Chevrolet dealerships were built during World War II and fewer still are standing.
Even one of Hoisington's liqour store offers a unique dimension. Ever heard of a Valentine diner? Well, Valentine manufacturing
of Wichita also made a few portable, steel, square-sided liquor stores after Kansas repealed Prohibition in 1949 -- and Hoisington has one at 168 W. 2nd!
It's just so appropriate that one of the cities in Barton County has a hospital named after its namesake, Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Hoisington's hospital is at 250 W. 9th.
We were hoping to find a Clara Barton display in the lobby and we did!
Hoisington High Schoo
Look closely. This is a sun dia
l on both sides of a big upright wall on top of the 1939 WPA city building at 109 E. First. It appears that the time is right!
l was finished in 1940 through the Public Works
Administration (PWA). The three-story blond brick building features Art
Deco-style stone ornamentation and carved detailing. The 1937 native stone stadium on the north side of the high school was built by the WPA.
At the end of the day, it still is the people whom you meet that make exploring such an outstanding activity. From Rob and Linda Penner and Curtis Wolf out at the Cheyenne Bottoms Education Center to the maintenance guy at city hall, Gene Manweiler, Stacey Bressler, and the young man who works at Kindscher's Mule Barn to Randy and the guys at the Tap Room and these guys above who took time out of their busy after-work schedule to visit with us, it was an outstanding "people" day in Hoisington.
And, now we're down the road... KE #2 Marci Penner
What are we doing? ERVing to every city in Kansas to research for the next Kansas guidebook.