changes to KansasTravel.org and Keith's exploration
& photographing Kansas restaurants, attractions, museums, festivals
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- September 1, 2019: We replaced our page devoted to Sam's
Tasty Treat in Olathe, Kansas, with a new one about Tasty Foodz, which
replaced it earlier this summer. The exterior is almost identical, even
keeping the old sign with "Drink Coca-Cola" and "Tasty Treat." The inside
changes are dramatic. It as gone from cramped and old to spacious and modern.
The menu is much smaller, but we enjoyed what we sampled, more than we
did at the old restaurant.
Sam's Tasty Treat
- September 5, 2019: We were pleased to see that there was no line
when we went to get Grange Pups at Johnson County Old Settlers (in Olathe)
today. but were disappointed to learn that the power was out for that whole
group of vendors and there were no grange pups available at that time.
pups (which look like corn dogs, but do not contain corn) were invented
for Old Setter's in 1948 and this weekend is the one time each year that
they are offered. They are made by Morning Grange #227 from Spring Hill,
uses the money to support the Johnson County Fair 4-H Project auction.
They have also established a scholarship fund for college students who
have attended high school in the Olathe, Gardner, and Spring Hill areas.
They have awarded over $100,000 in scholarships.
Grange Pup Stand
- September 6, 2019: Following this morning's Facebook
Post about victims of William Quantrill's attack on Olathe, 157 years
ago tonight, we learned of small cemetery which is believed to originally
have held one of those graves.
work, I went by the Williams Family Cemetery in a quiet residential area
of southeast Olathe. Although there were at least 3 times as many burials,
only 4 complete standing stones remain, with a 5th laying on the ground
behind one of these stones. This cemetery in on the east side of Quivera
Road near 148th Street.
Williams Family Cemetery
- September 7, 2019: This afternoon, I visited another small cemetery
which has had Johnson County develop around it. While small, Antioch Pioneer
Cemetery in Merriam, Kansas is at least an order of magnitude larger than
yesterday's Williams Family Cemetery and is still active. It was established
in 1873, but this was a burial site for at least 20 more years. The burials
includes some of the Quakers who settled the areas and there is a replica
of the Antioch Cumberland Presbyterian which was originally built here
in Merriam, I drove on up to Shawnee Mission Parkway to one of the newest
fountains in metropolitan Kansas City.
Bear Pit is a lovely fountain which most people have never seen. It is
next to the Merriam Visitors Bureau at Merriam Historical Plaza, at the
intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and I-35. It commemorates the bear
pit at Merriam Park, which opened at this location in 1880 and operated
for nearly 20 years.
sculpture is the work of Kwan Wu.
Antioch Pioneer Cemetery
- September 12, 2019: For lunch, we checked out the food at The Boardroom,
a family pub and table top game place in Overland Park, Kansas, which opened
in February. When first greeting us, our server asked if it was our first
time there. We were a little surprised that although we said that yes,
it was our first time, she told us nothing about the gaming aspect of the
did tell us that everything is locally sourced and made to order, from
scratch, in house. When I asked if that meant that they have fresh cut
fries, she said, no. She did go on to say they were still something special,
large fries and extra crispy. They were regular sized, battered fries,
that I ate only a handful of.
burger (1/3 lb hamburger with sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and
red wine onion jam) looked great, but fell flat. Frey Pie (beef and Guinness
Shepherd's pie with crispy scalloped potatoes on top) was a better choice.
odd thing about the menu is that although The Boardroom doesn't open until
4PM on weekdays and 11AM on weekends, a large portion of the menu is breakfast
dishes. Perhaps for late night?
- September 15, 2019: We replaced the archived review of the old, closed
Meat Market in Lucas, Kansas, with a almost completely new paged describing
the 97 year old market under its new owners. We are happy to say that you
can still get all the favorites like beef jerky, homemade Czech bologna,
and the wonderful smoked link sausages.
- September 21, 2019: We celebrated Smithsonian National Museum Day
with a visit to the Johnson County Museum in Overland Park, Kansas. We
enjoyed the temporary "Expanding Oz" exhibit, with memorabilia from
the original Wizard of Oz books, stage productions and pop culture.
we were leaving the building, a meeting room full of white bearded men
in red clothes caught our eye. We had happened across a meeting of Santa
America. Christmas season is coming.
had lunch at BRGR in Prairie Village. It had been a couple of years since
I had been to the grommet burger restaurant and I was a bit disappointed.
My cheese burger was OK, but I felt the bun took away from the sandwich.
The bun didn't have much flavor and neither absorbed juices from the burger
and didn't compress. Between them, the combined burger and bun were two
thick to easily eat and the juices all ran out onto my hand, the plate
and the table.
& Nick joined us later in the day to drive to Atchison, Kansas to check
out the 2019 version of the Haunted
Atchison Trolley Tour. Atchison, Kansas was named the "Most Haunted
Town in Kansas" in the 1997 book Haunted Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other
Eerie Tales. The 1 hour ghost tours are offered Saturday evenings in
September. Additional evenings are added through October and there are
some tours in early November.
tour changes each year and there were several homes included, which have
not been on the tour the other times we took it. The stories about some
of the homes which have been on other year tours have also changed. The
tours are entertaining, but good still benefit from more live and less
supper, we drove to Cedar Ridge Catering &
Banquet Hall, in the country, about 5 miles northwest of Atchison.
We had last visited this restaurant in 2013 and were surprised how little
it has changed. The Saturday night menu is unchanged, family style, all
you can eat, chicken noodle soup, chicken, brisket, pulled pork, baked
potatoes, green beans with bacon, and two kinds of hot cobbler with ice
cream. The price is even unchanged,
were two changes. The meal now includes a wedge salad, and they have reduced
their days open from Friday, Saturday & Sunday, to just Saturday &
had about a 40 minute wait for a table, and one of the things we checked
out while waiting, was a large display of reasonable priced pumpkins, being
offered for sale on the honor system. Large pumpkins were only $6.
Santa America meeting
Pumpkins for sale
- September 22, 2019: We added a new page devoted to St.
Joseph Catholic Church in Hays, Kansas.
- September 26, 2019: We added a new page devoted to the Boot
Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kansas.
- September 27, 2019: I left work a little early, and headed west on
I-70, turning off at Deep Creek Road, which is one of the few Interstate
exits where the off ramp takes you immediately to a dirt road. I drove
north, stopping to take photos of the former Deep Creek School House (built
in 1892) and Chris Barr's Cabin (built before 1863).
was much water in Deep Creek, but there were still several families wading
and having fun in the low water crossing. I took some fresh photos and
videos of Deep Creek Waterfall.
into Manhattan, Kansas I photographed Midwest Dream Car Collection, an
automobile museum which just opened in April. The 25,000 display area has
about 60 vehicles on display. The collection has no obvious theme and contains
vehicles as diverse as a 1907 Henry Ford Model-R, a 1958 BMW 600 which
has a 26 horsepower engine & 66" wheelbase and his and hers mustang
convertibles which belonged to Sony & Share.
supper, I checked out Keltic Star Public House in Aggieville, the popular
entertainment district, just south of Kansas State University in Manhattan.
I liked the atmosphere, service and menu and was pleased to try several
items on The Pub Platter: Bangers & mash, fish & chips, shepherd's
pie and Cornish pasty. Unfortunately the only one of the four that I enjoyed
was the shepherd's pie. It was the smallest serving on the plate, and although
I could have had a meal of the balance of the sampler, I rarely get to
Manhattan and decided to cut my losses and try a second restaurant.
second restaurant I tried was Bourbon & Baker, in the downtown Manhattan,
about a mile away. The trendy small plate restaurant was full, but they
were able to seat me at the end of a long table, away from another party.
tried two appetizers, starting with duck fat French fries. The fries were
made with Kennebec potatoes and served with a broiled egg and Mornay sauce.
I was sure about the egg, but left it in place while pouring the sauce
over the top. I wouldn't have believed it, but the combination of flavors
and textures was fabulous!
second dish was called "Ain't no thing but a chicken wing." Jumbo wings,
with citrus herb brine, buttermilk, deep fired, with citrus almond pecan
hot sauce. The dish reminded me of the wonderful Korean fried chicken wings
at BLVD Tavern in Kansas City, Missouri. I enjoyed them, but think I would
have liked them better with a different brine. The leftovers were good
a couple of days later.
spent the night at the Hampton Inn in Manhattan. It was a nice motel room
with a comfortable bed and total price under $100. Something that is getting
harder to find in Kansas.
Deep Creek Waterfall
Midwest Dream Car Collection
Keltic Star Public House
Duck fat French fries
- September 28, 2019: After a superior motel breakfast at the Hampton
Inn, the first stop of the day was Fifth Avenue Antique Auto Parts in Clay
Center, Kansas. The parts store is closed on weekends, but the owner, Randy
Rundle, interrupted his volunteering at Piotique Festival, which was happening
this day, to let me photograph the shop.
auto parts store is filled with fun automobile memorabilia. The only thing
keeping this different from some museum, is the lack of labels on the carious
things displayed around the building. It is very cool.
shop provides modern parts for antique cars and Randy is famous for inventing
6-volt Alternators which work better than the original charging system
in old vehicles.
was only a couple of blocks walk to the Clay County Museum, which moved
into a new building, across from the County Courthouse, at the beginning
of this year. The former museum building was a former hospital, which has
now been torn down.
new building was once a furniture store. They are still settling into the
new space and there is a lot of work that still needs to be done.
was particularly impressed with what they have done with the stair case
in the center of the largest gallery. They have rebuilt an old log cabin
around the base of the stairs and as you up the stairs, you see into both
floors of the cabins.
the way back to the car, I checked out some of the vendors at Piotique
Festival, but didn't make any purchases.
leaving town, I revisited Clay Center Zoo
in Utility Park. The park is managed by the Clay Center Public Utilities
and the park is across from the power plant. Much of the building of the
park was done during the Great Depression, when utility customers would
work in the park to bay their bills.
badly needed construction project is in progress at the zoo. Although the
few animals in the zoo appear healthy, they are confined in tiny 1930's
cages which don't meet the needs of the animals they way we feel is appropriate
lunch, I drove east to Nelson's Landing
in Leonardville, Kansas. When we first visited the bar and grill in 2016,
we saw a lot of sports photos on the walls and learned that the bar was
owned by the parents of then Green Bay Packer and former Kansas State University
wide receiver, Jordy Nelson. Although he has since retired, he is still
a draw and one family posed for a photo with a life size image of Jordy
before leaving the restaurant.
visit, I tried the Buffalo chicken wings, brat with sauerkraut and fries.
The wings were large, but not much different then what I heat from the
freezer at home. The brat was better.
best thing was the pie, which is baked in a separate kitchen in the same
building. The chocolate peanut butter pie was one of the best slices of
pie which I have ever had.
started raining during my drive to the Wakefield Museum in Wakefield, Kansas.
At the time I arrived, it was pouring, so I read in the car until it let
up, only to find the building all locked up during open hours when I finally
went to the door.
a hunch, I looked up the museum's phone number on my smart phone. My call
got the answering machine, which confirmed that the museum should be open,
but gave another phone number for the museum president, Joy Shandy who
agreed to come open the museum, from her home in a nearby museum. She said
that the volunteer scheduled to work had canceled.
showed me through the two story museum which is packed with items. She
said they will start construction of an expansion in the near future. I
hope the expanded museum will give them a chance to rework the displays.
At this time, the museum is primarily preserving items and displaying them.
Many artifacts have no context and are only labeled with the name of their
continued to rain, so I limited my remaining stops to places that were
primarily inside. Back in Manhattan, I stopped at Kansas State University
to revisit Call Hall Dairy Bar and the Insect Zoo.
Call Hall on the KSU campus has housed the KSU Dairy Processing Plant since
1964. It also has the Dairy Bar where ice cream, milk, cheese, meat and
sandwiches are sold to the public. I enjoyed a scoop of good butter pecan
ice cream in the dairy bar and purchased some cheeses to try later. The
bar also sells eggs and frozen beef and pork from animals raised at the
last stop was an early supper at 4th & Elm, a bar and grill in Wamego,
Kansas which has been getting good online ratings. It is an attractive
building and they were preparing for some type of outdoor event later in
the day. The menu looked pretty straight forward bar food and the mushroom
and Swiss burger was much like those in other bar & grills. The house
made potato chips were good.
Randy Rundle with the 6-volt alternator which he invented
Clay County Museum
Clay Center Zoo
Call Hall Dairy Bar
4th & Elm
- September 29, 2019: We added a new page devoted to the Stanton
County Museum in Johnson City, Kansas. A 6 building complex anchored
by a handsome native stone structure which was built by the WPA in 1935.
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