- August 3, 2019:
We made several stops on the southwest side of Lawrence, Kansas, starting
with lunch at Auntie Em's Deli & Bakery. In online reviews, we read
many raves about the Reuben sandwich and I am a big Reuben fan, but thought
it was a pretty typical sandwich.
is a small area at the back of the restaurant (guarded by the Wicked Witch
of the West, with a nice selection of canned (in glass jars) fruits and
vegetables from Ohio.
next stop was to get more photos of the waterfall in the spillway leading
from Clinton Lake, but because of flooding in Missouri, no water was being
released from the dam.
were headed to the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum, on the far side
of Clinton Lake and were a little surprised to see highway sign after highway
sign directing us to "Clinton Lake Museum." It hasn't been called that
museum is at the tip of a peninsula which juts into Clinton Lake from the
southwest. The museum normally sits above a beach and park, but high water
covers all of that and only the roofs were visible of shelters which are
normally 200 yards from the shore. We watched someone kayak through what
is normally a playground.
35 year old Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum is in an old cow shed,
which was part of a farm, before the building of the lake. The museum.
primarily about the 10 communities which once or now populate the Wakarusa
large portion of the modest museum, and the Freedom Rings" sculpture outside
the museum, are devoted to the relationship of the Underground Railroad
and the 10 communities which are or have been in the valley (Bloomington,
Clinton, Kanwaka, Lone Star, New Belvoir, Old Belvoir, Richland, Sigel,
Stull and Twin Mound). The adjacent museum has several exhibits devoted
to the communities, the Underground Railroad and the people or were aided
or helped aid them. The museum
took advantage of being in the unincorporated community of Clinton, to
stop at The Clinton Store, a convenience store and former gas station which
was established in 1931. We knew that The Clinton Store occasionally serves
food, but there is phone and we couldn't find the exact details online.
now know that the "Poor farm pub" serves meals at The Clinton Store on
Friday and Saturday evenings. There are different menus each night, but
the menus stay the same each week. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, they
serve biscuits and gravy.
completed our circle of CLinton Lake before returning home.
Auntie Em's Deli & Bakery
Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum