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Saturday - June 8, 2019: Travel for our other websites and life in general has kept me from exploring Kansas since early May. Today I had a nice block of 4 hours in the middle of the day and wanted to see some new things. After a little research last night and first thing this morning, I headed to Tonganoxie, Kansas about 10:30AM, arriving at Grandpa's Burger Box shortly after it opened. 

The little burger joint consists of two sheds, attached to each other. One is the kitchen and the other is a waiting area with a bench and a window to the other shed where you place your order. A menu and a US map with push pins are on the walls. I ordered a FatBoy (double) Burger with cheese ($6.09), pork tenderloin ($4.99), French fries ($2.19) and onion rings ($2.99). I would have really liked to try their chili dogs, but they did not have chili.

The food is made to order and took 14 minutes. There is no inside seating, so I took the bag of food to one of the 4 picnic tables outside. The pork tenderloin was good, particularly for one which I do not believe was hand breaded. The burger was fine. Better than fast food burgers, but not very juicy or flavorful.

The fries and onion rings appeared to have been frozen, which is understandable considering the tiny kitchen and fairly long menu. The onion rings were pretty good, with an interesting flavor from the batter.

My first stop after lunch was at the annual car show at the high school that takes place during Tonganoxie Days weekend. At least at this time of the day, it seemed to be the biggest thing going on for the event.

Downtown, I photographed three nice murals. Two of the murals are by Kelly Poling and are in the same pocket park. One of them has giant books on a shelf and each book is devoted to someone from Tonganoxie. When the park opened in 2016, there was a promise that there would be a kiosk which would explain the stories, but there is none at this time.

The third mural is a block away and is devoted to the Frank Henry Grocery Store and a drover who delivered for the store.

I searched town for several other pieces of public art which were mention in a 2016 Tonganoxie Mirror article, but they are apparently all gone.

The next stop was the Basehor Historical Museum in the nearby community of Basehor. Although I had called the museum this morning and the recorded message confirmed the hours, it was closed to allow set up for a tea party later in the day. I called again. This time there was an answer and I explained how far I had come and the allowed me to come in and take photographs.

Heading north from Basehor, I visited Little Stranger Church, out in the country, west of Leavenworth, Kansas. It is reported as being the oldest wooden church building remaining in Kansas. The first service was held on May 12, 1868. Although local volunteers have been working on the church and surrounding cemetery for several years, most have that work has been about stopping further deterioration and the building and graves look very rough.

In the evening, we revisited Hawg Jaw Que & Brew in North Kansas City, Missouri. It had been nearly 2 years since my last visit and the review needed updating. I took advantage of the visit to try some dishes I had not had before. I asked the person taking the order for a recommendation between spicy BBQ and Buffalo Smoked Wings (6 wing thirds for $6.99) and she strongly recommended the Buffalo. They were spicy and great, even the leftover ones the next day.

The Irish Hawg was a huge sandwich for $10.59 - Smoked corned beef, smoked sausage, Swiss cheese, spicy sauerkraut and thousand island on toast marble rye. It was more than I wanted to eat and I took 5 of wy wing thirds home with me.
 
   

Grandpa's Burger Box - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Grandpa's Burger Box
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Car Show - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Tonganoxie Cae Show
 

Kelly Poling Mural - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Kelly Poling Mural 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Little Stranger Church - Leavenworth County
Little Stranger Church & Cemetery
 
 

Hawg Jaw Que and Brew i- North Kansas City, Missouri Irish Hawg

 
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