Archive for the ‘history’ Category

PR promoter

August 3rd, 2011 at 8:13 am

Some years back, my dad drove this display in area parades. It was a replica of the Rock that he made himself. This photo was taken in Larned. I remember one time in Ellinwood for their After Harvest Festival, the parade announcer called dad “a one-man promoter of Pawnee Rock.” My dad loved the history […]

history, life on the ground

Shaved Ice

July 24th, 2011 at 9:53 am

In Ellinwood, an old Valentine Diner has recently been renovated to become this attractive summer snack shop.  Until recently, it was the Ark Valley Veterinary Hospital. There are two Valentine Diners still in Ellinwood. Here’s a list of the ones still in existence in Kansas. They sell snow cones, ice cream and smoothies. Passing through […]

buildings, history, small towns

No. 8

July 13th, 2011 at 7:20 am

Council Grove.

history, small towns

Look up

June 29th, 2011 at 6:01 am

The Kansas Capitol is undergoing an extensive renovation. Some of the building is a construction zone, but where they’ve finished it, it’s beautiful. Even the ceilings. Looking up in the House Chamber, you’ll see paintings above you.

Art, history

The Hidden Garden

June 7th, 2011 at 10:48 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Steve and Jane Fry THE HIDDEN GARDEN Steve and Jane Fry knew the garden was there, somewhere in the undergrowth and the overgrowth, somewhere amid the self-initiated forest and the thick tangle of English ivy. “We love trees, but we’ve cut out hundreds of them,” […]

history, Kansans, nature, small towns


April 17th, 2011 at 5:59 am

One Man’s Legacy

April 12th, 2011 at 11:34 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: ONE MAN’S LEGACY The school bus I rode in bounced over a one-lane pasture road. It sloshed through a muddy draw, wound around hills, and stopped near a granite monument in the middle of a Chase County pasture. More than 200 people made the trip […]

columns, history, Kansans

Flyover at Memorial Service

April 2nd, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Doug Wilson was the pilot in a flyover this morning at the 80th Anniversary Memorial Service for Knute Rockne and the other seven men who died on March 31, 1931, when their plane crashed near Bazaar in Chase County. Knute’s grandson, Nils Rockne, was one of the speakers at today’s ceremony, which was attended by, […]

events, history, Kansans

80 years ago

April 2nd, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I drove to Bazaar this morning to attend the memorial service commemorating the 80th anniversary of the plane crash in which Knute Rockne and seven other men died on March 31, 1931. More later….

events, history

Old school

March 27th, 2011 at 9:39 am

An old one-room schoolhouse near Pawnee Rock.


Napoleon Bonaparte Brown

March 25th, 2011 at 8:06 am

Portraits of Col. Napoleon Bonaparte Brown (top) and his son, Earl, in the parlor of the Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia. The elder Brown was the richest guy in town and put up $40,000 to build the theatre. Earl overlooked the construction of the theatre in 1906-1907. You can take a virtual tour of the […]

history, small towns