The Greenwood Hotel on 300 North Main in Eureka, Kansas, could tell its fair share of tales of railroads and cowboys, oil men and visionaries, neglect and preservation.
The Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States offers map after map after map, some of historical interest, others with relevance today.
If you love the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder—and who doesn’t?—you will probably enjoy this beautiful book. Laura Ingalls Wilder Country by William Anderson contains countless photos of the people and places Laura loved, from Lake Pepin in the Big Woods of Wisconsin to the Little House in the Ozarks and everywhere in between. Continue reading “Laura Ingalls Wilder Country”
If you’ve read the Little House series, your mouth was probably watering a good portion of the time. Hearty soups and homemade bread figured prominently in most of the books; Little House in the Big Woods was notable for maple treats and a huge supper at sugaring-off time; wild game abounded in Little House onContinue reading “The Little House Cookbook”
More than one utopian dreamer has chosen Kansas as the place to found his grand experiment. A list of state ghost towns would be full of communities founded on some form of idealism—Victoria, the Vegetarian Colony, Silkville…. Silkville? Yes. One of those little towns started out with silk farming as its principal industry. Introducing deContinue reading “Silkville: A Utopian Experiment”
Not only does no-till farming reduce wind-caused soil erosion, it also reduces evaporation of soil moisture to some degree.
If you have a serious interest in the history of Kansas, particularly its settlement, here’s a book you’ll probably refer to again and again.
One of the little dead towns of Kansas, just 12 miles east of Ellsworth, bears the name Carneiro (pronounced, “kahr-NAIR-oh”). Interestingly, the name is Portuguese, not a very common language for place-names in this state, and it means, “sheep” or “mutton.” Now if there is one type of livestock Kansas is typically associated with, itContinue reading “Carneiro: The Sheep Town”
While it is true that the Plains tribes of Kansas relied heavily on game for food, raising crops was an important part of their life.
Bells, wreaths, bows—you name it, WaKeeney has it. The result is the largest display of Christmas lights between Kansas City and Denver.