Cheney State Park is better known for its recreation activities and its proximity to Wichita than for its unique history. The reservoir was intended to provide flood control along the Ninnescah River and to provide a source of water for Wichita. The dam was constructed between 1962 and 1965 by the United States Bureau ofContinue reading “Cheney 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”
Have you ever driven along the back roads of Kansas and wondered about the stories those old barns could tell? Whether you love barns or are just an all-around Kansas history buff, you will probably enjoy Kansas Barns and Kansas Barns II by Martha Knudsen. The two-volume set features at least one barn from everyContinue reading “Kansas Barns”
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”
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”
If you love exploring the beautiful scenery of Kansas, then this guide is a must for you!
If old buildings could talk, what stories they would have to tell! And 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.
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”
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”
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”