That's us.  WenDee LaPlant with the lipstick and Marci Penner with the "ups" in her hair.   We're the staff of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and we started our journey to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas in June 2012.  It may take into 2015 to finish the journey but we're determined to do it to find the best "explorer-y" things that should go in the update the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.   The first edition came out in 2005 and was spiral-bound with 432-pages, lots of pictures, and 3,597 entries. 
We look forward to bringing you another great tool to help you get around the state!

We call the journey ERV, Explorer Research Voyage and we also call our car ERV, Explorer Research Vehicle.  ERV, a 2012 GMC Terrain, has been loaned to us by
Midway Motors of McPherson! 

You can follow our journey on the ERV blog or see our daily posts on the ERV Facebook page.
We go to every incorporated city, one county at a time.  Here is where we've been as of November 1, 2014.
ALLEN COUNTY: Bassett, Carlyle*, Elsmore, Gas, Humboldt, Iola, LaHarpe, Mildred, Moran, Savonburg
ATCHISON COUNTY:  Atchison, Effingham, Huron, Lancaster, Muscotah, Potter*
BARTON COUNTY: Albert*, Beaver*, Claflin, Ellinwood, Galatia, Great Bend, Hitschmann*, Hoisington, Odin, Olmitz, Pawnee Rock, Redwing*, Susank
BROWN COUNTY:  Everest, Fairview, Hamlin, Hiawatha, Horton, Morrill, Powhattan, Reserve, Robinson, Willis*
CHEYENNE COUNTY:  Bird City, St. Francis, Wheeler*
CLARK COUNTY:  Ashland, Englewood, Minneola
COMANCHE COUNTY:  Coldwater, Protection, Wilmore
DECATUR COUNTY:  Clayton, Dresden, Jennings, Norcatur, Oberlin
EDWARDS COUNTY:  Belpre, Kinsley, Lewis, Offerle
ELLIS COUNTY:  Antonino*, Catharine*, Ellis, Hays, Munjor*, Pfeifer*, Schoenchen*, Victoria, Walker*

ELLSWORTH COUNTY: Carneiro*, Ellsworth, Holyrood, Kanopolis, Lorraine, Wilson
FORD COUNTY:  Bucklin, Dodge City, Ford, Fort Dodge, Howell*, Spearville, Windhorst*
FRANKLIN COUNTY:  Centropolis* Homewood*, Lane, LeLoup*, Ottawa, Pomona, Princeton, Rantoul, Richmond, Wellsville, Williamsburg
GEARY COUNTY: Grandview Plaza, Junction City, Milford
GOVE COUNTY:  Gove, Grainfield, Grinnell, Park, Quinter
GRAHAM COUNTY: Bogue, Hill City, Morland, Nicodemus*, Penokee*, St. Peter*

GRANT:  Hickok*, Ulysses

GREELEY COUNTY:  Horace, Tribune
HARPER COUNTY:  Anthony, Attica, Bluff City, Danville, Duqoin*, Freeport, Harper, Waldron
HODGEMAN COUNTY:  Hanston, Jetmore

JACKSON COUNTY:  Circleville, Delia, Denison, Holton, Hoyt, Mayetta, Netawaka, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Soldier, Whiting

JEWELL COUNTY:  Burr Oak, Esbon, Formoso, Ionia, Jewell, Lovewell*, Mankato, Randall, Webber
KINGMAN COUNTY:  Cunningham, Kingman, Mount Vernon*, Nashville, Norwich, Penalosa, Rago*, St. Leo*, Spivey*, Waterloo*, Zenda
KIOWA COUNTY:  Belvidere*, Haviland, Greensburg, Mullinville
LANE COUNTY: Dighton, Healy*, Shields*
LINCOLN COUNTY:  Barnard, Beverly, Denmark*, Lincoln, Sylvan Grove, Vesper*
LINN COUNTY:  Blue Mound, Centerville, Goodrich*, LaCygne, Linn Valley, Mound City, Parker, Pleasanton, Prescott, Trading Post*
LOGAN COUNTY:  Monument*, Oakley, Page City*, Russell Springs, Winona
MARION COUNTY:  Burns, Canada*, Durham, Florence, Goessel, Hillsboro, Lehigh, Lincolnville, Lost Springs, Marion, Pilsen*, Ramona, Tampa  (not done with county)
MARSHALL COUNTY:  Axtell, Beattie, Blue Rapids, Bremen*, Frankfort, Home City*, Marysville, Oketo, Summerfield, Vermillion, Waterville, Winifred*
MCPHERSON COUNTY:  Canton, Galva, Inman, Lindsborg, Marquette, McPherson, Moundridge, Windom
MEADE COUNTY:  Fowler, Meade, Plains
MORRIS COUNTY:  Burdick*, Dunlap*, Dwight, Council Grove, Latimer, White City, Wilsey
NEMAHA COUNTY:  Baileyville*, Bern, Centralia, Corning, Goff, Kelly*, Oneida, Sabetha, Seneca, St. Benedict*, Wetmore
NESS COUNTY:  Arnold*, Bazine, Beeler*, Brownell*, Ness City, Ransom, Utica
NORTON COUNTY:  Almena, Norton (not done with county)
OTTAWA COUNTY:  Ada*, Bennington, Culver, Delphos, Minneapolis, Tescott, Wells*
PAWNEE COUNTY: Burdett, Garfield, Larned, Rozel
PRATT COUNTY:  Byers, Coats, Cullison*, Iuka, Pratt, Preston, Sawyer
RAWLINS COUNTY:  Atwood, Herndon, Ludell*, McDonald
RENO COUNTY:  Abbyville, Arlington, Buhler, Haven, Hutchinson, Langdon, Nickerson, Partridge, Pleasantview, Plevna, Pretty Prairie, South Hutchinson, Sylvia, Turon, Willowbrook, Yoder*.
REPUBLIC COUNTY:  Agenda, Belleville, Courtland, Cuba, Kackley*, Munden, Narka, Norway*, Republic, Scandia

RICE COUNTY:  Alden, Bushton, Chase, Frederick, Geneseo, Little River, Lyons, Mitchell*, Raymond, Sterling
RUSH COUNTY:  Alexander*, Bison, LaCrosse, Liebenthal, McCracken, Nekoma*, Otis, Rush Center, Timken

RUSSELL COUNTY: Bunker Hill, Dorrance, Gorham, Lucas, Luray, Paradise, Russell, Waldo*

SCOTT COUNTY:  Modoc*, Scott City, Shallow Water*
SHAWNEE COUNTY:  Auburn, Berryton*, Dover*, Grantville*, Tecomseh*, Topeka, Wakarusa*, Willard*
STAFFORD COUNTY:  Hudson, Macksville, Radium, St. John, Seward, Stafford, Zenith*
TREGO COUNTY:  Collyer, Ogallah*, WaKeeney
WALLACE COUNTY:  Sharon Springs, Wallace, Weskan*
WASHINGTON COUNTY:  Barnes, Clifton, Greenleaf, Haddam, Hanover, Hollenberg, Linn, Mahaska, Morrowville, Palmer, Washington,

WICHITA COUNTY:  Marienthal*, Leoti, Selkirk*
WOODSON COUNTY: Neosho Falls, Piqua*, Toronto, Yates Center
*unincorporated town


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