It's the little things that put the icing on the cake for a good day of exploring.
Rosemary, our excellent museum guide, pointed out that in the early days Moundridge was written as two words. This was proven by the words on an early bank vault.
Once you hear this kind of thing, you start looking.
The locals told us to look at the name on the bank building. The two-word name was there, too.
Someone pointed out that the town name was hyphenated on the water tower to read Mound-ridge! In this case, it's likely that they couldn't wrap the name around the small tower on one line and decided the best way to make it look like one word was with a hyphen. Still, a curious person gets a kick out of all this.
Another great find in the museum's ag building was a saw rig. Though it's hard to see all the parts in this picture, this was likely a one-and-only saw rig powered by a Model T motor. Used to cut down hedge row, it was built by David Koehn. In this area, Mennonites planted Osage Orange hedge rows to use for fences, firewood, and boundary markers. The saw helped cut the wood for firewood and fence posts.
My Dad, who was with us on the tour, was sure this particular saw was used on the Penner Farmstead in the 1930s.
Grace Davis Dole began her beauty shop business in 1937. In a local history book she was quoted, "When I started there were two kind of dryers. The gas model had a unit containing the heat and fan motor. Tubes went to each dryer tube to dry the hair." The name of this one was the Butler Select Air Drying System!
The museum complex at Moundridge includes the Cole House, the building that houses local displays, and several agricultural buildings. Find out more at their web site.
The roundish building located north of the telephone office (109 N. Christian) and now owned by the telephone office, was built decades ago to be the medical clinic. A local told us she had heard that the inside was shaped in like a cochlea, the inner ear structure!
Using concrete culverts for playground equipment! What a great idea! Find them in Black Kettle Park.
Do you own the popular Lusher Slicer? Goering Hardware in Moundridge now owns the rights to this popular onion, radish, carrot, turnip,potato and cabbage shredder! The stainless steel slicer dates back to 1870. Buy them at Goering Hardware, 104 N. Christian, the manufacturer (3-person process) of this handy kitchen aid!
So these are some of interesting things found behind the scenes in Moundridge.
More obvious as excellent stops in town are the museum complex with it's two new buildings for agricultural equipment and domestic display and the Cole House, which is mind-boggling because everything in there is original to the Cole family.
Block 32, Mi Ranchito, Uhrig Furniture, and the Swiss Mennonite Memorial at the 1882 Hopefield Church also were terrific places to visit.
We had fun with Kristen Roderick and Lindsay Bauman from the Hutchinson News as well as with Randy Fogg, editor of the local Ledger.
Thanks, Moundridge, for giving us yet another stellar day on the ERV trail!
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ERV blog post by Marci Penner. The ERV trip and blog is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The trip to every incorporated city in Kansas (626) will provide information and pictures for the next Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.