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Artfully Ulysses

Ulysses, Kansas
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Main ARTery showcases and sells the work of 19 area artists.  Located at 103 S. Main, the gallery is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Jeanie Gustavson, the person with the vision to open the Main ARTery, is a diverse artist! 



Tracy Teeter's "Box Turtle" is featured in her section of the shop.

See the work of other artists displaying at the Main ARTery.

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The display, Hard Time Quilts, is located in the Historic Adobe Museum on E. 160.  The depression-era quilts are all patterns from the 1930s.





The stained glass in the St. Mary's Queen of Peace Church is like surround-stained glass. You'll see stained glass every direction you turn in this hyperbolic paraboloid church at 804 N. Colorado.



Armando Minjarez, from Ulysses, was a Kansas State graduate.  The barn logo was a project to help celebrate Kansas' sesquicentennial in 2011.  To find the barn from Hickok, go about 3/4 mile east and then 1 1/2 miles south on Road R (blacktop).  The barn sits on the east side of the road.GPS coordinates are: N37°32.461’     W101°12.947’




Armando Minjarez also did this mural located near the Civic Center on W. Patterson Avenue.


See you down the road, Marci


Wrtten by Marci Penner.  We're going to every town in the state to research for our next guidebook.  We want to share some information with you now.  This is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.




 

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Ulysses Architecture

Ulysses, Kansas



One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture finalists, Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church is a triple lattice hyperbolic paraboloid church built in 1963.



Find the church at 804 N. Colorado.  It's usually open.



Find an unobstructed 360-degree view inside. 



At every turn you'll see vibrant stained glass.



The Grant County Courthouse was built from 1929-1930 in a Modern Eclecticism style.



The Historic Adobe Museum, located at E. U.S. 160, was formerly a county shop, completed in 1938 by the WPA.



Three main icons in Ulysses:  Historic Adobe Museum, one of the grain elevators, and Hotel Edwards, which was moved to this site from the original town iste.

It's interesting how a town's architecture reflects the area's physio-graphic region, ethnic make up, and industry, making each town look just a bit different.  How wonderful!

See you down the road, Marci


Written by Marci Penner.  We're going to every town in the state to research for a guidebook.  We want to share some information with you now!  This is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.


 

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A bit about Grant County Commerce

Ulysses, Kansas


Gas, oil, feedyards, grain elevators, and agriculture dominate the business landscape in Grant County.  The hospital, Pioneer Electric Cooperative, and Pioneer Communications are other key players.  Ulysses is the only incorporated city (pop. 6,161) in Grant County.

These two "monuments of the plains" form an archway entrance to Hickok which is seven miles east of Ulysses on U.S. 160. 

Here are some of the downtown niche businesses in Ulysses:



Someone recommended that we go get ice cream at the bright green building--and that's where we found Armando, the 24-year-old owner of this ice cream factory. 



Armando is like an ice cream chemist.  He creates the flavors.  His own favorites are the pecan ice cream and the cheesecake.  We came here both days we were in town!
















Women in Ulysses wanted a clothing shop so they each put in money and opened Trendsetters at 101 S. Main.  It's a really nice store and WenDee did all she could to support the store with some purchases.  It's open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

See you down the road,  Marci


Wrtten by Marci Penner.  We're going to every town in the state to research for our next guidebook.  We want to share some information with you now.  This is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.


 

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Ulysses Cuisine

Ulysses, Kansas



The Wagon Wheel Cafe is located in Hickok, seven miles west of Ulysses on U.S. 160.















         A homemade pie is being made, hand crimped
         with a little sugar on top.







    You can bet the daily menu is made from
    scratch and when they serve chicken it is 
    pan fried!

    The cinnamon rolls....well, I dare you to try
    them.  You can't eat just one.

    Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday
evening 5-8:30 p.m. for supper.  The doors are open at 8 a.m. during the week if you
want to stop by and get a baked good.  They also have frozen pies and pastries in the
refrigerator!


Back in Ulysses...




El Ranchito Cafe at 111 E. Oklahoma, was opened in 1968 by David and Gloria Romero.  Since 1978, the nine children of David and Gloria have rotated management of the business with all nine having been in charge at some point.  David and Gloria are gone now but the good food and service of El Ranchito lives on.

Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.




Another good place to eat is Alejandro's at 816 W. Oklahoma.  Decorated in a trendy look with tin for wainscoting, the popular eatery is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.

This is just a few of the fine places to eat in Grant County. 

See you down the road,  Marci


Wrtten by Marci Penner.  We're going to every town in the state to research for our next guidebook.  We want to share some information with you now.  This is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation


 

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A Sampling of Customs in Ulysses

Ulysses, Kansas
There are many traditions or rituals in every county.  Here are a few in Grant County.



This is such a neat event and organized as a well-run machine.  We got to be part of it this year as we ERV'd in Ulysses. 

Around 1,500 people come from all over the region to file through the buffet line that showcases food made in the county.  This year, 2012, was the 50th year for the Grant County Home Products Dinner.

In 1941, legislator Will Christian invited some fellow legislators to his Grant County and his wife made them a meal from food produced in the county.  This meal led to the Grant County Home Products dinner which still features basically the same menu of beef, squash, pinto beans, sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, whole-wheat rolls, strawberry jam, watermelon, and milo doughnuts

 The dinner takes place every third Tuesday in September..




The piggy bank car is a promotional idea of the Bank of Ulysses.  They purchased an old car and use it in parades and other community functions.  Win certain contests and you, too, can ride in the pink piggy bank car. 

One day a mysterious black VW with pink trim on the wheels and long eyelashes over the headlights parked was seen behind Miss Pink Piggy. A piggy-bank-car romance!



Built in 1948 and renovated in the 1970s, The Movies, at 200 N. Main, has its own character and is a great place to watch current movies.



Bentwood Golf Course opened in 1955 and is a 18-hole course located in Frazier Park.  There are 25 different sand bunkers.  Design styles include parkland to dunes to links and ends with a signature par three over water at the eighteenth.

For those of you golfing at a course in every county, you can park your RV right beside the course!

My favorite custom about visiting Ulysses is staying with Lynda Fort at Fort's Cedar View bed and breakfast!  The bonus about staying with Lynda is that she knows the community and area inside out so you get all sorts of local information and connections that will enhance your visit.   

See you down the road,  Marci


Wrtten by Marci Penner.  We're going to every town in the state to research for our next guidebook.  We want to share some information with you now.  This is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.


 

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