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 July 17, 2014.
 
ALLEN COUNTY: Bassett, Carlyle*, Elsmore, Gas, Humboldt, Iola, LaHarpe, Mildred, Moran, Savonburg
 
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*
 
DECATUR COUNTY:  Clayton, Dresden, Jennings, Norcatur, Oberlin

ELLSWORTH COUNTY: Carneiro*, Ellsworth, Holyrood, Kanopolis, Lorraine, Wilson
 
FORD COUNTY:  Bucklin, Dodge City, Ford, Fort Dodge, Howell*, Spearville, Windhorst*
 
GEARY COUNTY: Grandview Plaza, Junction City, Milford
 
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

JACKSON COUNTY:  Circleville, Delia, Denison, Holton, Hoyt, Mayetta, Netawaka, Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Indian Reservation, 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
 
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*
 
MARION COUNTY:  Canada*, Durham, Goessel, Hillsboro, Lehigh, Lincolnville, Lost Springs, Marion, Pilsen*, Ramona, Tampa  (not done with county)
 
MCPHERSON COUNTY:  Canton, Galva, Inman, Lindsborg, Marquette, McPherson, Moundridge, Windom
 
MORRIS COUNTY:  Burdick*, Dunlap*, Dwight, Council Grove, Latimer, White City, Wilsey
 
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

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*
 
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


CONTACT

Marci Penner at marci@kansassampler.org; WenDee LaPlant at wendee@kansassampler.org.