Greenwood Hotel: Part 3—Restoration

Main Street, Eureka

Main Street, Eureka 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…… Continue reading Greenwood Hotel: Part 3—Restoration

Greenwood Hotel: Part 2—Remodeling

Panama Canal

Panama Canal 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…… Continue reading Greenwood Hotel: Part 2—Remodeling

Kansas Outdoor Treasures

If you love exploring the beautiful scenery of Kansas, then this guide is a must for you! Kansas Outdoor Treasures: A Guide to Over 60 Natural Destinations by Julie M. Cirlincuina has something to offer to outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties: Hiking.Biking.Horseback riding.Auto tours.Fishing.Hunting.Camping. This guide to the parks, byways, and other wonders of Kansas…… Continue reading Kansas Outdoor Treasures

Greenwood Hotel: Part 1—Construction

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. It all started in the days of cattle drives, when Texas Longhorns filled up…… Continue reading Greenwood Hotel: Part 1—Construction

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. Introducing de…… Continue 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 are…… Continue reading The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots

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, it…… Continue reading Carneiro: The Sheep Town