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bacon at Bichelmeyer Meat Market in Kansas CIty, Kansas
Wednesday - July, 2018: We began the day with the annual youth pancake breakfast at Lenexa United Methodist Church. The small fee for parking is applied o the breakfast, so that effectively you have free parking right next to the Community Days Parade in Lenexa, Kansas.

This year's parade was a little less interesting because 2/3 of the entries were politicians and their supporters. The parade route parallels the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks and actually crosses the tracks. The parade was delayed three times as trains passed through town.

For lunch we had BBQ at the Lenexa American Legion Post.

 

Burlington Northern Santa Fe train in Lenexa, Kansas BNSF locomotive
 
Tuesday - July 10, 2018: We drove to downtown Shawnee to have supper at Betty C's Bar & Grill. Overall, the food is typical bar food, but one dish stands out for me, the Reuben Rolls (Egg roll filled with corned beef & Swiss cheese, served with Reuben sauce). The chicken wings are also good.

The building housing Betty C's once held a place called Penny Droppers and the floor is made of pennies.

Berry C's is next door to the historic Aztec Theater, which is slowly being restored. It appears that the projection that it would reopen this summer was overly optimistic. The plan is to eventually show new and classic movies,  plus host live theater and events.

There is a marker across the street  "Oct 17, 1862  A band of Confederate guerrillas led by William Quantrill corralled the residents of Shawneetown into the square at this site. A majority of the town's buildings and homes were looted and set on fire nearly destroying the town. Thirteen persons were injured and two citizens murdered during this Civil War raid." 

Quantrill attacked Shawneetown again in 1863, just before his better known burning of Lawrence, Kansas.
 
 

Reuben Rolls - Betty C's Bar ad Grill Reuben Rolls

Aztec Theater - Shawnee, Kansas Aztec Theater

Quantrill Raid marker - Shawnee, Kansas Quantrill Raid marker

Saturday - July 14, 2018: We took out of state house guests to Lansing and Leavenworth to show them a little of the two communities, starting with Mount Muncie Cemetery in Lansing. Are particularly wanted to show them the two "baby mounds" of infant and children's graves. They are unique to this cemetery, or at least the name for them is unique.

We saw many unusual monuments in the cemetery.

On our way back to K-7 we drove through the VA complex in Leavenworth with its national cemetery and unique Chapel of the Veterans. We saw that construction or demolition crews were working on many of the empty buildings.

Our featured stop was the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum, with its three historic carousels (1950, 1913 and ~1850). They have a nice film about Parker's heritage, which I had not seen before. The highlight of a visit is a ride on the 1913 Parker Carry-us-all.

We had a late lunch at Retro Diner, arriving shortly before they closed for the day at 2PM. Highlights of the meal were the onion rings, chicken philly and shrimp po 'boy. I was less impressed with the jalapeno burger and French fries. The burger could have been much better if the mixture of diced onions and jalapenos had not been raw.

The prices were quite reasonable and the servings were huge.
 
   

baby mounds at Mount Muncie Cemetery in Lansing baby mound
 
 
 

C. W. Parker Carousel Museum - Leavenworth, Kansas 1950 Parker Carousel

Retro Diner - Leavenworth, Kansas Retro Diner

 
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