Greenwood Hotel: Part 3—Restoration

The 1926 remodel was the high point of the Greenwood Hotel’s history. Although it continued to thrive as a gathering place for the town of Eureka, life at the hotel took on a more leisurely pace. This was noted by Roy Wall, writer for the Wichita Beacon, in 1952: In the half-lighted lobby, the buzzingContinue reading “Greenwood Hotel: Part 3—Restoration”

Greenwood Hotel: Part 2—Remodeling

To understand the next phase of Greenwood Hotel history, we’ll have to digress a bit. The Panama Canal A canal across Panama had long been considered as a shorter alternative to the dangerous trip around Cape Horn. Spain had first proposed it as a better way to get to Peru. Years later, America built aContinue reading “Greenwood Hotel: Part 2—Remodeling”

Carneiro: The Sheep Town

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”

Texas Fever

It was the mid-19th century. The cattle drive era was in full swing, and longhorns from Texas were entering Kansas in droves on their way up to the railheads. New towns were booming and fresh beef was being supplied to industrialized, post–Civil War consumers. But something was seriously wrong. The problem was not with theContinue reading “Texas Fever”