- July 29, 2016: Linda had a meeting in Topeka, Kansas on Friday, so
she car pooled over and her father (who lives in Topeka) picked her up
after the meeting. It gave her a chance to see their new house and I picked
her up at the house late in the afternoon.
drove west to Bunker Hill, Kansas,
a community of a few hundred, about a mile off I70 for supper at the Bunker
Hill Cafe. The Cafe is a steakhouse which is only open Thursday, Friday
& Saturday evenings. I used to get elk at the Cafe, but they no longer
have it. Since then, I usually get buffalo rib-eye, but this time I decided
to try the chicken fried steak. That was a mistake, they serve it without
gravy (they don't serve mashed potatoes), and it was a flop. Linda's bacon
wrapped filet was very good.
stayed at Fossil Creek Station, a hotel in Russell, Kansas, which was very
nice. Roomy, good wifi, good towels, a complementary breakfast that included
made to order pancakes and omelets.
I opened Pokemon Go in my phone, it turned out that there was a "Gym" next
to the hotel. If I sat in the right place and held the phone just right,
I could be in the gym from our room. It was a level 8 gym and I trained
enough times to raise the Prestige Points by 10,000, level the gym up to
a 9, and leave a Pokemon. Usually a monster only stays in a gym for a few
minutes or hours before getting bumped by a competing team. Lasting for
half a day is notable. The monster I left in the gym was still there weeks
Bunker Hill Cafe
Fossil Creek Station
- July 30, 2016: Saturday morning we drove to Wilson, Kansas for the
After Harvest Czech Festival where
photographed the parade, the new "World's Largest Czech Egg," and a few
of the locations used in the filming of the movie Paper Moon.
rest of the day was spent photographing old stone churches and 5 other
locations from Paper Moon.
longest stop was in the tiny community of McCracken, Kansas, which has
a small McCracken Post Rock City Jail Museum, which has several exhibit
dedicated to the movie including a large "paper moon" which can be used
for photo opportunities and a ceramic moon which was signed by Tatum O'Neal
& Peter Bogdonovich. Tatum acted in and Peter directed the movie Paper
Moon and much of it was filmed in and around McCracken. The museum does
not have regular hours, but we had called ahead to schedule an appointment.
also visited the 1924 St. Mary's Church, which is no longer active, but
is being preserved by a local foundation. The church also doesn't have
regular hours, but the nice lady at the museum called volunteers, who met
us and showed us around.
of St. Mary's. we visited the rural Nickel Cemetery used for the opening
of the movie Paper Moon.
had contacted the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau asking for help in
locating a store front which was used in the movie. The person I called
I had no idea that Hays was in the movie. They did talk to other people
and get back to me, but were unable to help. I had done a little exploring
in advance on Google Earth and it was in a two block stretch of town which
seemed the most likely.
also drove northeast of town to the road used in the final scene, where
the old car is going down hill after their pushing to start it and they
have to chase it.
passed through Hays, Kansas three times, having lunch at Al's
Chickenette, which has been operating since 1947 and has a fabulous
old neon sign. It had been on my list of unique Kansas Restaurants more
for character and history, but there is a new owner and the food is much
improved. My chicken fried steak was very good and the warm apple &
peach pie with homemade ice cream was fabulous.
was also in Hays, at Trio Tap House, which bills itself as a gastropub.
It was a good meal, but there is nothing about the place to put it on our
Unique Kansas Restaurant list.
World's Largest Czech Egg
Post Rock City Jail Museum
Nickel Cemetery water pump
Location of the final scene in the movie Paper Moon
- July 31, 2016: After spending the night in Ellis, Kansas (childhood
home of Walter Chrysler), we visited Cedar Bluffs State Park. Linda had
never been there before and the bluffs overlooking the reservoir are well
worth the visit.
driving back west, we photographed two more locations from Paper
Moon, some new grassroots art attractions in Lucas,
Kansas, and fields of wild and domestic sunflowers.
was at the K18 Cafe in Lucas (nothing special) and supper was back in Topeka,
Kansas, with my in-laws at Speck's
Bar & Grill. Speck's has been on our website for a long time, but
it was 2 years since the last time I was there and the review needed an
update. I lucked out and was finally able to photograph a Speckburger,
as the party of about 10 at the next table ordered 3 of them. Three of
the 3 pound burgers was way too much for their party. I hope they took
the excess home!
Cedar Bluffs State Park