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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
There was so much going on over the weekend. Two of the events I stopped by were the McPherson Scottish Festival and the Great Plains Renaissance Fair.
I also try to make it to both, and had a blast taking pix at them! Enjoy! ~ @RoyceOnTheRadio