One of my favorite things is coming across backroad surprises!  Here are a few we found on the eastern side of Linn County.

The first surprise.  In the Linn County Museum in Pleasanton we were delighted to learn that Enos Mills, a Linn County native, later became known as the "Father of Rocky Mountain National Park."

We thought that was pretty neat but then as we were trying to find a bed-and-breakfast out in the country, we came upon this sign:  Birthplace of Enos Mills!

The second surprise.

We were on a gravel road searching for a bridge when we saw this cemetery sign!  I made a quick three-point turn and we headed down the driveway.

We couldn't find any information about the origins of the cemetery.  Does anyone else know?  Surely it has some connection to the Battle of Mine Creek. We'll try to find out so we can make this an entry in the guidebook.

This picture was in the Linn County Museum and Ola Mae told us it was still there across a branch of the Little Osage River. 

We looked and looked for it.  We pulled over many times to look "under the road" but had no luck.  One time a pickup stopped to ask what we were looking for.  He said, "Follow me!"

A couple of miles down the road he started waving his hand out the window.  He had taken us to this bridge instead!

Since we weren't looking for it, it was a surprise.  It's always great to come across a Marsh Rainbow arch bridge.  This one was on Ungeheuer Road (Old U.S. 69), five miles north of Prescott. 

KE #2013 Larry Hornbaker found out about our unfulfilled search for the arch bridge.  He, of course, had seen it and sent us this great bridge website:  We found our bridge, the 1918 three-arch stone bridge on 200th Road, southwest of Prescott

We'll be going back to find that bridge and will likely find other surprises on the way!

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.