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Kansas Explorer Club

Kansas Explorer Club

Members of the Kansas Explorer Club receive 5-6 print newsletters a year full of things to see and do that are off the beaten path.

We Kan!

We Kan!

The Big Rural Brainstorm will be held March 7 in Newton in 2016.

Rural Culture Elements

Rural Culture Elements

The 8 rural culture elements are: architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people! They help you see a place with new eyes.

8 Wonders

8 Wonders

Have you seen the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook? Let it guide you to all 216 Wonders!



Marci and WenDee, of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, are going to every (626) incorporated city in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

Big Kansas Road Trip

Big Kansas Road Trip

The showcase counties are Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace. The event will be held over four days, May 2-5, 2019.

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COUNCIL GROVE, Aldrich Apothecary

The building that now houses Aldrich Apothecary has been home to a drug store since 1892 operating first as Leach Drug Store until A.J. Kenwell bought it in 1922.  Connie Aldrich purchased the business in 1977.  The building still features a tin pressed ceiling and 30-foot oak cases that line the sides of the rooms.

The soda fountain likely dates back to the 1920s.  It features a back bar and mirror, brass foot rail, stools, a tiled counter and marble counter top.  Green rivers and cherry phosphates or still sold here.  The owner is Connie Aldrich.

, Fraese Drug

Fraese Drug was started in 1939 by Walt Fraese and was located in the Wolcott Building at 2nd and Main. He had the drugstore until 1961 when he sold it to Sid Trebilcock. The drugstore was moved to the Wiley Building in October of 1988 and was purchased by Janet Ellis and Don Kaufman, current owners.

JOHNSON, The Old store, 112 S. Main
The shop includes a huge quilting machine that people can rent. The store is filled with memorabilia from the early Republican campaign years and has many antiques. Hardwood floors and a tin-pressed ceiling make it look nostalgic.

MARQUETTE, City Sundries, 104 N. Washington

City Sundries has original late 1800's marble counters and tables, metal soda shop chairs, walnut and glass display cases and original tile floor. Owner Kris Hudson.

SENECA, Cornerstone Coffee Haus & Rogers & Son Electric

There are two soda fountains in Seneca—both came from the old Harsh Drug Store and were a real tradition in Seneca. The 1950s double horseshoe counter is now located in the Cornerstone Coffee Haus and the older one is on Main Street in Rogers and Son Electric.

TOPEKA, Potwin Drug Store

History of the Potwin Drug Store: The Potwin Drug Store at Old Prairie Town has a history dating back to 1902 in Topeka, Kansas. In 1902 it was known as Edelblutes, located at 5th and Washburn.

Mr. Edelblute decorated his store with beautiful marble countertops, English walnut shelves, wire-back chairs that matched ice cream parlor tables, and a green and white tile floor. It was the place to go in Topeka!

In 1946 Mr. Edelblute sold the drug store to Lloyd Raisch, and he continued the tradition of the neighborhood drug store until 1968.  At that time, Albert Wilson purchased the drug store and operated it until 1976.  He sold the business and everything inside was sold at auction.

A group of Topekans called the Potwin Place Development Association purchased all the fixtures and fountain pieces, carefully labeling each one for future reassemble. In 1993 the group presented the fountain and fixtures to the City of Topeka, with the stipulation that the gift was to be given a home as an active soda fountain. Over the next three years, a new, "old" drugstore was built at Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, with all the original fixtures and fountains adorning the inside.

Today, the Potwin Drug Store is an "experience" where you can go and sit at the marble counter, sip an old-fashioned Egg Cream, play the old Wurlitzer jukebox, and for just a while, go back in time to the old neighborhood drug store.

WAKEENEY, Gibson Health Mart, 125 N. Main

History: Gibson Health Mart has been located along Main Street in downtown WaKeeney since 1892and has had a soda fountain since the very beginning. The current soda fountain features nine stools and still makes Green Rivers andsodas, malts and shakes the old-fashioned way Contact Bernita Augustine, gibhealthmart@ruraltel.net, 785.743.5753.

WESTMORELAND, Hoffman Pharmacy, 402 Main.

Hoffman Pharmacy has the county’s only old-fashioned soda fountain, complete with its original 1950’s-style Formica countertop, swivel stools and authentic booths. This Westmoreland pharmacy started at the turn of the century and had a handful of owners up until 1968 when it was purchased by pharmacists Bill and Trudy Hoffman. 785.457.3611.