Cedar Bluff State Park

When you are standing on the windy limestone outcroppings overlooking Cedar Bluff Reservoir, it is hard to imagine a time when the lake and the state park were not there.  Yet it was once just a river valley inhabited by Indians.  Few people cared to traverse the vast prairie without a good economic reason, andContinue reading “Cedar Bluff State Park”

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”

Laura Ingalls Wilder Country

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”

Silkville: A Utopian Experiment

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. This experimentContinue reading “Silkville: A Utopian Experiment”

The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots

Kansas is home to a vast array of beautiful and fascinating birds—470 species, in fact.  If you want to learn more about some of those birds, this guide is a great place to start. The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots by Bob Gress and Pete Janzen describes 295 of the species you areContinue reading “The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots”