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 deContinue 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”

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”