- 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.
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.
lunch we had BBQ at the Lenexa American Legion Post.
- 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.
building housing Betty C's once held a place called Penny Droppers and
the floor is made of pennies.
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.
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."
attacked Shawneetown again in 1863, just before his better known burning
of Lawrence, Kansas.
Quantrill Raid marker
- 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.
saw many unusual monuments in the cemetery.
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.
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
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.
prices were quite reasonable and the servings were huge.
1950 Parker Carousel