St. Joseph's Parish Near Cheney Lake, Kansas

Whenever I am near Cheney Lake I often notice a church steeple in the far distance.  I wanted to go explore the town, but when I reached the church I found that there was really no town around it.  Or at least not one within sight.  The church was a wonderful building towering over the all the farmland leading up to it.  Next to the school was the rectory and school.  Located in the back of the church was a cemetery with a huge crucifix statue.  If you are ever heading to Cheney Lake and see the tall church steeple in the distance it is totally worth it to stop by and check it out.  ~ @RoyceOnTheRadio

Harper, Kansas a.k.a. Mural Town.

I have to say so far in my travels across Kansas one thing that always intrigues me is how much local art I see in small towns.  Harper, Kansas is no exception to this.  In a 3 block radius I counted  4 to 5 huge murals.  Honestly, there may have even been more that I didn't see.  I did love though that all of the murals in downtown Harper, Kansas... were of downtown Harper, Kansas.  ~ RoyceOnTheRadio

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If you notice the thirst shop has a Revelation bible verse on the right side.  It has to do with the three angels above it.  I suggest looking up the verse.  It is a very interesting to have on the side of a thrift shop.

If you notice the thirst shop has a Revelation bible verse on the right side.  It has to do with the three angels above it.  I suggest looking up the verse.  It is a very interesting to have on the side of a thrift shop.

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Cottonwood Falls... Where Men Harpoon Fish With A Bow And Arrow

I had always heard Cottonwood Falls was a really nice town.  So when I was within 10 miles of the town I had to make a turn and go see it.  At first I saw a wonderful bridge over the Cottonwood Falls River.  I took awhile taking in the sights when I noticed a man walking on the bridge with a bow and arrow.  Usually that would not be anything out of the ordinary except that he was using it to harpoon fish in the river.  I have never seen anyone do that before.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to see him catch a fish, but I enjoyed Cottonwood Falls.  

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Elmdale, Kansas Abandoned...

Some of my fondest memories growing up where spent at Camp Wood during my childhood summers.  Every year, I would go to a church youth camp there.  It was located on a hill outside of the town of Elzdale, Kansas.  I always used to marvel at how small Elmdale was.  I always wondered who lived in this small town and what was there to do?  As years went by, I would take Highway 50 every now and then on my way to Kansas City and pass Elmdale.  I finally took some time to walk around the city.   At this point there are only 2 or 3 families still living there.  On wikipedia it has the town population at 55 people.  It is a sad town.  You can tell that 50 or 60 years ago there were businesses and people coming by.  At this point, the town is 3 streets a block long, and a hand full of abandoned buildings.  

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Clements, Cedar Point and the Schriver Flour Mill #KansasTravels

Cedar Point and Clements Kansas are two small towns about 10 miles apart from each other.  The population between them is less than 100.  Going in these two towns is like walking back in time and extremely quiet all at the same time.  At this point they are pretty  much ghost towns.  They do however have two very cool things to see in both towns.  A old flour mill and stone bridge.  

Cedar Point, Kansas fire station.

Cedar Point, Kansas fire station.

A shop in Cedar Point that is about to collapse on itself.

A shop in Cedar Point that is about to collapse on itself.

The street side of the Schriver Flour Mill in Cedar point.

The street side of the Schriver Flour Mill in Cedar point.

The only business in Cedar Point is a mechanic shop, and it doesn't look like it is open.

The only business in Cedar Point is a mechanic shop, and it doesn't look like it is open.

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Cedar Point post office

Cedar Point post office

Collection of wood branches near the damn at the mill.

Collection of wood branches near the damn at the mill.

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Schriver Flour Mill in Cedar Point

Schriver Flour Mill in Cedar Point

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Watch out for the children playing?  What children?

Watch out for the children playing?  What children?

Inside the Schriver Flour Mill.

Inside the Schriver Flour Mill.

The one building in Clements, Kansas that is still standing.

The one building in Clements, Kansas that is still standing.

The stone bridge near Clements.

The stone bridge near Clements.

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Florence Kansas And The One Room Schoolhouse

At the crossroads of Highway 50 & Highway 77 is Florence, Kansas.  It seemed like 75% of the town was closed businesses and old buildings.  Not to far past Florence is a one room school building.  It is one of those weird instances when it feels like time stopped.  The out houses and storm shelter are still in tact.  If you are ever near Florence this is something you have to see.  Check out the pix below.  Enjoy! ~ @RoyceOnTheRadio

Abandoned Gas station on the edge of Florence

Abandoned Gas station on the edge of Florence

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A motel no longer open.  I'm sure at one time it was a place people would stay, but not anymore.

A motel no longer open.  I'm sure at one time it was a place people would stay, but not anymore.

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Mural in Florence

Mural in Florence

Downtown Florence

Downtown Florence

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I saw this skateboarder in downtown Florence.  He was the only person on the street.  He said he had just moved from New Jersey.

I saw this skateboarder in downtown Florence.  He was the only person on the street.  He said he had just moved from New Jersey.

One room school house outside of Florence, Kansas.

One room school house outside of Florence, Kansas.

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My First Time in Independence for Neewollah 2014

I had heard about Neewollah the past couple of years and that I should go to it.  I had never been to Independence, Kansas.  I haven't even really been in southeast Kansas for that matter.  I do have to admit, the hour long drive was a bit boring.  Not much in east Butler County or Greenwood County.  Independence was a nice surprise however.  I want to make it back there (definitely on a warmer day).  So hear are some pix of the big fall festival Neewollah held in Independence every year.  Enjoy! ~ @RoyceOnTheRadio

 

My first view walking up Penn Ave. in Independence.  

My first view walking up Penn Ave. in Independence.  

I'm not sure the name of the band on the main stage, but they were jamming all afternoon!

I'm not sure the name of the band on the main stage, but they were jamming all afternoon!

I saw a young kid walking around with a sign that says "Free Hugs".  He walked up to three clowns and asked them if they wanted a free hug and they said no thank you.  You know its a bad day when 3 clowns won't give you a hug.

I saw a young kid walking around with a sign that says "Free Hugs".  He walked up to three clowns and asked them if they wanted a free hug and they said no thank you.  You know its a bad day when 3 clowns won't give you a hug.

Some of the awesome roof top detail of one of the buildings in downtown.  

Some of the awesome roof top detail of one of the buildings in downtown.  

One thing I didn't think I would see in Independence was The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo.  Apparently everyone else thought the same thing and had to get a picture of it as well.

One thing I didn't think I would see in Independence was The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo.  Apparently everyone else thought the same thing and had to get a picture of it as well.

I had to take a picture of Big Cheese Pizza.  I haven't seen one of these in 25 years.  I used to get my Book-it pizzas for reading in school from Big Cheese Pizza!  Honestly I didn't think any excited... I was wrong!

I had to take a picture of Big Cheese Pizza.  I haven't seen one of these in 25 years.  I used to get my Book-it pizzas for reading in school from Big Cheese Pizza!  Honestly I didn't think any excited... I was wrong!

Big orange balls are the best seats at carnivals.

Big orange balls are the best seats at carnivals.

Everyone trying to get their over priced tickets for the rides.

Everyone trying to get their over priced tickets for the rides.

Carnival games!  

Carnival games!  

Independence had some great art around the downtown area.  This mural caught my eye.  

Independence had some great art around the downtown area.  This mural caught my eye.  

One of the great old buildings in Independence.  

One of the great old buildings in Independence.  

No matter how small the town, or how rural the place it is in... there is always a Chinese buffet for under 8 bucks.

No matter how small the town, or how rural the place it is in... there is always a Chinese buffet for under 8 bucks.

The lady on the left was happy she beat her friend at a carnival game... she then realized that beating her friend didn't mean she won a prize.  

The lady on the left was happy she beat her friend at a carnival game... she then realized that beating her friend didn't mean she won a prize.  

Picking the right fish for a prize can sometime be so intense.

Picking the right fish for a prize can sometime be so intense.

This mini Statue of Liberty was in front of the civic center... I could be wrong, but I think at one time it had broke an they super glued it back together.

This mini Statue of Liberty was in front of the civic center... I could be wrong, but I think at one time it had broke an they super glued it back together.

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Road Trip Kansas #1

Every couple of months I try and take some time over a weekend and take a road trip around Kansas.  I love seeing the small towns and taking the little highways to see what I can find.  So... here is Road Trip #1.  Enjoy! ~ @RoyceOnTheRadio

I began my trip by stopping at Lindsborg, Kansas.  i love this town.  It has so much history and tradition that every time I am near it I make sure and stop by.  This is a wonderful bridge welcoming you in Swedish while entering the town.

I began my trip by stopping at Lindsborg, Kansas.  i love this town.  It has so much history and tradition that every time I am near it I make sure and stop by.  This is a wonderful bridge welcoming you in Swedish while entering the town.

A must that every should see is the Smoky Valley Roller Mill near the river in Lindsborg.

A must that every should see is the Smoky Valley Roller Mill near the river in Lindsborg.

A view of some of the old equipment used at the Smoky Valley Roller Mill in Lindsborg, Kansas.

A view of some of the old equipment used at the Smoky Valley Roller Mill in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Water well pump in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Water well pump in Lindsborg, Kansas.

A couple miles away from Lindborg is Coronado Heights.  This has one of the best views in Kansas.  From the top of the hill you can see for miles.

A couple miles away from Lindborg is Coronado Heights.  This has one of the best views in Kansas.  From the top of the hill you can see for miles.

Smokey Hill Cemetery at the bottom of the hill where Coronado Heights is located.

Smokey Hill Cemetery at the bottom of the hill where Coronado Heights is located.

Some how I found myself in Rush County in the middle of no where.  As i was driving down the highway I saw a grain elevator with the town Alexander around it.  On the edge of this small town was a wonderful old high school built in 1916.  There were some busted out windows and the inside was gutted, but the outside of the school was still in wonderful shape.

Some how I found myself in Rush County in the middle of no where.  As i was driving down the highway I saw a grain elevator with the town Alexander around it.  On the edge of this small town was a wonderful old high school built in 1916.  There were some busted out windows and the inside was gutted, but the outside of the school was still in wonderful shape.

Another view of the old high school in Alexander, Kansas.

Another view of the old high school in Alexander, Kansas.

I finally destination before heading home were the monument rocks in Gove County.  I had always wanted to travel and see them so I was excited when I pulled off the main highway and started seeing them when I pulled up on the dirt road.  I ended up spending most of the afternoon there taking pictures and walking around.  

I finally destination before heading home were the monument rocks in Gove County.  I had always wanted to travel and see them so I was excited when I pulled off the main highway and started seeing them when I pulled up on the dirt road.  I ended up spending most of the afternoon there taking pictures and walking around.  

Monument Rocks in Gove County

Monument Rocks in Gove County

Another view of Monument Rocks in Gove County

Another view of Monument Rocks in Gove County