Places

PlacesAbout Places of Kansas On this page you will find some fun segments of cool places of Kansas. Some you might already know, but I am sure there are some you didn’t. Enjoy as you look through many of great places you can find in our great State that deserve to be featured by Deb Goodrich-Bisel or Frank Chaffin…enjoy and feel free to share with  your friends.
Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 4.05.46 PMExorcism Well, we should have stayed in black and white for this one, probably for the exorcism because this is actually…I didn’t research this myself, my good friend Dena Anson did the research on this and the article first appeared in a magazine that I used to publish called The Kansas Journal of Military History. And it’s a really interesting story from fort life out at Fort Riley back in the 19th century. Something you might not think about a lot – exorcism.
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See the Stars from Mount Sunflower Yes, well, we’ve been over the line for a while. Speaking of which, Margaret Hamilton, who of course played the witch on the Wizard of Oz, I remember reading about her little boy, he was a child at the time movie came out.


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 Dwight David Eisenhower National Memorial I’ll try. I’ll try. All right, we had the dedication of the latest, the Land and Sky Scenic Byway, out in far northwestern Kansas. It was an awesome time. I got to


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Land and Sky Scenic Byway You see the Milky Way and you just – stars on the horizon in either direction. It’s something. But the Land and Sky Byway obviously celebrates the land and the sky because, it would include the Arikaree Breaks, and all that great different landscapes you get on the high plains


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Mine Creek Battle Site and Museum
This year marks 152 years since the largest Civil War battle on Kansas soil, and one of the largest cavalry engagements of the Civil War. We turn to the Kansas State Historical Society for a personal story of that day. On the morning of October 25, 1864, the settlers who lived along Mine Creek


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 The Chautauqua Hills in Kansas
 Oh my. Bill Hickok, umpiring the game. We’ve talked about hills a lot on the show and a lot of people that have never been to Kansas or through Kansas, have the image of course that it’s just flat and it’s straight through and all of that. I’ve said it many times; the typography of Kansas is really varied.


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Chanute, Center of Google Earth 
 It’s all about who you know. When surveyors wanted to find the center of the nation in 1918, it was simple. You just measure it. Before the addition of Hawaii and Alaska in 1959, Kansas boasted the center of the nation. After those two states were admitted.
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The Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby, Kansas Straighten up, we’re back. Hello again. We were talking about acting and getting involved. We were away doing that story and I don’t know.
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The Smoky Hills We were talking a couple of weeks ago about the fact that when I mentioned that I had moved out to Oakley, on the high plains, this one lady said, “Oh I love the Flint Hills.” While the Flint Hills are lovely, that’s not all of Kansas, and it’s not all the hills in Kansas.
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I think we’re rolling. Hello again. We just have too good a time on this show. We hope you do too. Hey, I saw you in a picture with Charles Curtis. How did that happen? (Deb) Honey, I get around. I know all the cool people, important people, I know them all. …click to learn more!

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Ichabod Washburn, Early Benefactor of Washburn University A big deal. So lets take a look at the life of Ichabod Washburn. (Frank) He never came to Kansas. He never set foot on the university campus that bears his name. So how did a small college in Kansas come to be named for an industrialist from New England?

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.43.51 AMDeines Cultural Center in Russell Downtown Russell has interesting antique stores, specialty shops, the usual insurance and business offices mingled with cafes. It is a lively downtown, no doubt made more so by the presence of the Deines Cultural Center

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Cyrus K Holiday Yes, but it’s pretty much about the building of the Union Pacific and then the Southern Pacific and it’s getting close to the end of the series right now, which is really going to be sad because I love westerns. But anyway, the only reason I’m saying this now is because of course

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The Pony Express I mean it’s a beautiful, beautiful place. It’s been well preserved. And you can go there and just kind of spend a couple hours or you can go there and actually spend a week if you want because of all the hiking and camping trails and all that. And any time of the year is a good time to go there because it changes with the seasons.

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Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge
You know Kansas is right smack dab in the middle of a lot of flight patterns and not just airplanes, but birds. And this was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen – my daughter Noel and I were headed back from Lincoln Days in Lincoln, Kansas.

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Buffalo Bill Cultural Center in Oakley And we’re back again. You know, it is interesting, the next story is about Buffalo Bill. It’s also interesting how he got the name. That’s in the story, so I really won’t give it away, but it is interesting that in the West, as it was being built, all of these characters  got nicknames and what have you.
Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 4.05.46 PMLast Indian Raid Museum in Oberlin Well, I told you last week that I got up to Oberlin to visit with my friend Sharleen Wurm. So, the Last Indian Raid Museum, we talked about how great it was, and that’s what this segment is about. But I want to tell you what’s going on there, and as we have been talking about this wet spring
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Kansas Churches built by German Immigrants And here we are again. So you know, Kansas has a lot of immigrants here that came from, well a lot of them came from Germany, a lot of them from Russia, and they brought wheat… (Deb) Ireland… (Frank) Ireland, especially Ireland. (Deb) Scotland.
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Keith George on Highway 83 We’re back again You know, back in the 60s, there was a TV show called Route 66 and of course Nat King Cole did a song Route 66 and all that, from Chicago to LA. In other words, the Western. And the idea of the show of course was these two guys jumped in a Corvette.
Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 3.17.33 PMMark Your Calendar on June 18th for Lyndon’s Car and Bike Show And I only brought that up because we’re going to talk about a car show. (Deb) Which is always fun, and I think people just want stick shifts so they can look cool. And I always wanted to look cool and I failed miserably most of my life and driving a stick it’s like, I’m short.
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Fick Fossil Museum in Oakley It’s like we were sitting around at a conference a couple of weeks ago with some old friends and one of my friends said something about giving away how old he was by music and different things that you’re interested in.
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The Midland Trail When we were at the Kansas Sampler Festival Dave DeArmond was in the tent where my booth was set up in the Kansas products tent — yes man, thank you so much. See a lovely assistant. This is and you know I talk about a lot of books, this is stunning, absolutely stunning.
Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 2.13.16 PMFort Scott National Cemetery Memorial Day is coming up. It’ll be a great time, most of the cemeteries will be decorated and a lot of them will have people there to answer questions or help you find folks. WaKeeney is a State Veteran Cemetery.
Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 2.07.16 PMBanner Creek Observatory Science Center So when I found out you’re going to do this story Frank, on the Banner Creek Observatory Science Center, my friend Brenda Karl-Wilson works up there. And she messaged me that they’ve got a couple of workshops coming up in July
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Story of Battle Canyon That’s based on this incident. So the book talks about how this Cheyenne exodus, where the Cheyenne have been moved to Oklahoma and they’re trying to get back to their native home in Northwestern Nebraska and that area right around Rapid City in South Dakota, a little South of there.
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Baxter Spring City Cemetery
Baxter Springs and the City Cemetery there, there is a corner of that that is the soldier’s lot. And that is another one of our national cemeteries. And Baxter Springs happened a little bit by accident, sort of like the Arlington Cemetery did.



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Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery Yes. Amen, brother. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs who manages our national cemeteries, Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery reflects the Fort’s changing role in our nation’s history. From its beginnings in 1827, a burying ground was necessary mostly due to the ravages of malaria and other diseases.




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Old Jefferson Town Yea. I get to tell you this story.The Jefferson County Historical Society has moved structures from around the county to Old Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa, Kansas, a nearly 10 acre park that includes a blacksmith shop, jail, general store, chapel, school house.

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Mound City National Cemetery Of course, Memorial Day obviously at the end of the month is a big deal. The Ride for the Fallen of course, will happen again this year. And we’re just so pleased to be supportive of Melissa Jarboe and the Military Veterans Project and all the great things they do. Kansas, as I’ve talked about many times, has a long tradition of veterans and service to our country.



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Mid-American Air Museum in Liberal  OK, story. As you know, ad nauseam, I talk about working for Alf Landon and his radio stations and he owned the radio station also in Liberal and one in Dodge City. And Bob Fromme and I would fly out to those stations and Ernie Mosher was our pilot. Rest in peace Ernie, he was one heck of a pilot.



Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 10.13.05 PMHistory of Fort Larned Fort Larned. It’s just amazing. Number one, it’s beautiful. When people see it they’re just shocked by how pretty it is and a lot of kids are shocked because they’ve got this image of what a fort looks like and there’s no wall around it. There’s no palisades because of course, we had no trees.


 Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 10.06.08 PM New KBI Lab at Washburn University Fort Larned. It’s just amazing. Number one, it’s beautiful. When people see it they’re just shocked by how pretty it is and a lot of kids are shocked because they’ve got this image of what a fort looks like and there’s no wall around it. There’s no palisades because of course, we had no trees.


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 Dodge City’s Trail of Fame Welcome back folks and one of my favorite topics, one of my favorite places is Dodge City. Of course, when I was growing up in southwestern Virginia, my first introduction to Kansas was Gunsmoke and I am a huge fan of Gunsmoke; I always have been.


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 Museum of Also Rans Now, another story, a lot of people don’t know this, but everybody’s seen “The Godfather,” and of course, Marlon Brando. And Marlon Brando studied films of Alf Landon in his various ages. Brando of course put cotton in his cheeks and then would kind of talk like this and the mannerism and all of that were Alf Landon.


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 History and Fun in White Cloud It’s huge and it’s just a really neat little town. Now they’ve got the casino up there, close by and it’s not far. But it’s just, and another thing they’ve got up close by is the Highland Indian Mission; it’s not far from White Cloud.


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 Castle Rock Let’s take a look. The bluff at Castle Rock rises over the Hackberry Creek Valley of Gove County plains, visible for miles and miles. Castle Rock stands about a 1/4 mile away to the north. Made of Niobrara chalk, it was an odd landmark for folks passing along on the Butterfield Overland Dispatch.


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Chanute, Center of Google Earth 
 It’s all about who you know. When surveyors wanted to find the center of the nation in 1918, it was simple. You just measure it. Before the addition of Hawaii and Alaska in 1959, Kansas boasted the center of the nation. After those two states were admitted.


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Custer’s Arrival at Ft. Riley in 1866
 Please Mr. Custer…. Please T.J. give us another book on Custer, let’s take a look at it. In October 1866, George and Libbie Custer arrived at Fort Riley, Kansas.”This is not a fort, tho called so,” Libbie wrote to a friend, “For there are no walls enclosing it.” Rather, Libbie described it as a little city of limestone buildings.


Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 2.48.50 PMThe Curtis House  
Well, you’ll have to go with us. And this is your opportunity to go Frank. Because January 25th which is the Vice President’s birthday, they have an open house. So normally where they charge for tours, this will be free and an open house.

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 2.36.15 PMLiberty Memorial in KC So, Eisenhower, my Grandpa was a coal miner and he had lung problems and got a medical discharge because of his health. And so Eisenhower signed his discharge papers.

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 2.06.48 PMKansas Statehouse 
I don’t doubt it. You know when I first moved to Topeka 20 some years ago, there was a book store on Kansas Avenue and I was going to school and so I’m in the psychology section.

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I don’t doubt it. You know when I first moved to Topeka 20 some years ago, there was a book store on Kansas Avenue and I was going to school and so I’m in the psychology section.
Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 3.24.23 PMTopeka Civic Theatre And rehearsals were in an old church and I can’t even remember now, it’s been so long ago, where that was. And we would rehearse there and then come down, of course, and do the dress rehearsal in the auditorium at the Woman’s Club.

Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 2.58.04 PMWashington County Museum 
And do not overlook your county museums and that’s one of the things were gonna talk about today because so many of the county museums have wonderful collections.
Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 11.05.31 AM State and National Historical Sites in KS I mean it’s a beautiful, beautiful place. It’s been well preserved. And you can go there and just kind of spend a couple hours or you can go there and actually spend a week if you want because of all the hiking and camping trails and all that. And any time of the year is a good time to go there because it changes with the seasons.
Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 10.44.47 AM Lane University Christmas exhibit And we want to take you over to Lecompton, of course, one of my favorite places. The territorial capital and as you were saying November, such great month to get out and see stuff, because the weather’s not too bad yet. And it’s a little on the cool side. So, it’s a great time to go out to Lecompton.
Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 10.33.16 AM Butterfield Overland Dispatch Marker It was a clear October afternoon, with just a hint of autumn’s chill. Elton Beougher, president of the Smoky Hill Trail Association, took the microphone and introduced Mayor Jack Bower. Bower admitted to the history fans that until he was contacted about the placement of this marker, he had never heard of David Butterfield.
Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 9.33.46 PMThe Sallie House in Atchison You know I have done a couple of ghost investigations with my good friend Beth Meyer. She used to have a ghost investigation business and has written a couple of books on haunted Kansas. So, look up her stuff. Beth invited me to an investigation at Constitution Hall one time and it was when she first got into the business.
Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 11.48.31 AMAlcove Springs  Well if you haven’t been to Alcove Springs, it is beautiful and it is easy to see why it became a popular stop with folks along the Oregon Trail, and it’s just…it’s like an oasis in the prairie you know with the trees and it’s beautiful, falls again, they do have actual little falls there. But it’s just one of those beautiful, must have been a beautiful
Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 11.19.20 AM El Dorado It’s a great story. Stay tuned. One hundred years ago on October 5, the Stapleton #1, an oil well in Butler County, finally gushed black gold. There had been many tries and lots of discouragement as other communities found gas and oil beneath the prairies.
Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 3.41.28 PMPOW Camp Welcome back to Around Kansas and Frank we’re always opening new sites around the state because there’s so much great history to interpret. And one of the ones I’m really excited about is the POW Camp Museum at Concordia. And you know the folks got excited about this in 1995 when they were celebrating or marking the 50th anniversary.
Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 3.25.30 PMLandmark Inn And I love Highway 36. If you’ve never driven the width of the state on Highway 36, it is gorgeous. The land just rolls and I can’t help but think, especially if you go there in the spring and the grass is high, how the settlers that were coming through on the Oregon Trail, why did they go any farther?
Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 3.15.07 PMPhillispburg But not the same Phillips. (Frank) But not the same Phillips, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, lets take a look. Phillipsburg is the county seat of Phillips County Kansas. Each was named to honor William Phillips, of course. But William died a martyr for keeping Kansas free and William A.
Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 3.07.10 PMCouncil Grove And going down to eat at the Hays House, stay at the Cottage House Inn and just see all the historic sites. And really a famous site along the Santa Fe Trail and that has remained one of my favorite sites. And one of these days when I get around to it, I want to do a story on Daniel Boone and his impact on opening the West.
Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 2.32.02 PMSmoky Hill Trail So…let’s see you have another story that you want to talk about. (Deb) You know I have images of roads all over my house. And have just always been drawn to roads. I love to travel. There’s nothing that tickles me more than just getting on the road. And of course, Kansas is blessed with roads and trails.
Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 4.05.46 PMExorcism Well, we should have stayed in black and white for this one, probably for the exorcism because this is actually…I didn’t research this myself, my good friend Dena Anson did the research on this and the article first appeared in a magazine that I used to publish called The Kansas Journal of Military History. And it’s a really interesting story from fort life out at Fort Riley back in the 19th century. Something you might not think about a lot – exorcism.
Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.46.29 PMCassoday  It’s really kind of a crossroads and that’s kinda what got it started. So, let’s take a look. Sunday, July 5th, turned out to be a sunny, warm summer day. Your reporter has not been to a Cassoday Bike-In for a few years now. A friend of mine got a new-to-him motorcycle.
Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.27.35 PMWaconda Welcome back and as we were traveling the other day on Highway 36, you know there’s the sign that points to Waconda. And of course, Waconda, up in that northern tier of Kansas, was once a big tourist mecca – a health club, health spa and everything. And the spring up there has a legendary story. Have you visited that area?
Herndon Herndon It’s the northwestern part of the state, Rawlins County. And I have to tell you, and I wrote a blog about this actually, but I was staying in Atwood. I was spending the night in Atwood so I thought, well I thought I’ll go up to Herndon and see if this is something I really want to go to tomorrow and check it out. So, I go up to Herndon, it’s dark and Herndon is a little town, full of people, motor homes everywhere, people on their little four-wheelers all over town.
Memorial Hall memorial hall Memorial Hall is Memorial Hall because it was built as a memorial to the veterans of the Civil War. So right now, while we’re celebrating, we’re marking the end of the Civil War, 150 years ago in 1865, it’s really fitting to take a look at the memorial that came from that. Per capita, the state of Kansas contributed more soldiers than any other to the Union in the Civil War.
Marais de Cygnes Marais de cygnes If you go down toward Trading Post, there’s the Marais des Cygnes Massacre site. Now, it’s funny that somebody commented back east at Gettysburg and some of the battlefields, isn’t it funny that they had all these battles in these gorgeous spots? And it’s the same in Kansas. The Marais des Cygnes Massacre site, while a really tragic story, now is a beautiful driving tour of those events.
Washburn University at 150 WU If you’ve got a TV show like we’ve got here, you can just talk about your friends and the places you love and of course one that’s really dear to me is Washburn University. And that’s why I stayed in Topeka actually was I was a student at Washburn, a very non-traditional student. I had graduated from high school 20 years before that. But Washburn changed my life, it really did. It’s a wonderful university and it’s celebrating its 150 year anniversary this year.
McPherson Opera House AK McPherson Opera house Frank continues his travels around the Kansas Opera Houses and today he highlights the McPherson Opera House.
Kansas Pride WinnersAK Ks pride winners Kansas Pride Communities. Stay tuned. The Kansas PRIDE Program is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and Kansas PRIDE, Inc. and is all about building better Communities. It is dedicated to serving communities across the state and encouraging and assisting local government…click to learn more!
Plaza CinemagicAk plaza cinemagic ottawa ks I am going to talk to you about a movie theatre and the reason is because it is the oldest continuously operated movie theatre in the United States, perhaps the world. It is in Ottawa Kansas. It’s called the Plaza CineMagic Experience. The theatre has undergone extensive renovation and was restored to its original historic character – except with up-to-date sound…click to learn more!
Waterville Opera House in WatervilleScreen Shot 2015-03-26 at 1.52.16 PM You may recall that we were going to visit opera houses all around this great state of Kansas. We started at the Jayhawk Theatre which is in restoration. Well, a lot of opera houses around the state have been restored. Some of them didn’t really have to be restored and one of those is in Waterville. Now Waterville itself was established…click to learn more!
Dillon Housedillon house Today Deb Bisel takes us on a tour of the Dillon House, featuring early pictures of the property; the work-in-progress pictures of this historical renovation and what this beautiful house looks like today
Flying W Ranch in the Flint HillsScreen Shot 2015-03-25 at 4.18.44 PM How would you like to be a cowboy or a cowgirl for a day or a few days? Well guess what? You can do that and that can be at the Flying W Ranch of the Flint Hills. That’s right, right here in Kansas. You see the Flying W is a 7,000 acre working ranch nestled in the Cottonwood River Valley in Chase County with 50 horses, 450 cow/calf pairs, 2,000 head of cattle…click to learn more!
Jayhawk Theatre in TopekaScreen Shot 2015-03-25 at 4.24.56 PM This theatre was built in 1926 by E.H. Crosby who had a department store. In fact, behind that wall right there was the Crosby Brothers Department Store. This was a magnificent theatre then in 1926. It survived for several decades before of course, it unfortunately closed several years ago. It is in the process of restoration…click to learn more!
Meade County in Kansas Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 1.42.14 PM I want to talk a little bit about Meade County. I love studying how the counties got their names and of course so many of our counties were named for Civil War soldiers because so much of Kansas was settled following the Civil War. Meade County of course named for General George Meade, victor at Gettysburg, the first man to beat Robert E. Lee…click to learn more!
Frontenac Bakery in Frontenac Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 1.47.02 PM Today we’re gonna talk about fresh baked bread. Aaahh, there’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh baked bread. Let me tell you a little story. When I was a kid growing up in Topeka there was Butter Krust Bakery here and their home office and bakery was located just off of 10th and Kansas downtown. So, the smell of baking bread…click to learn more!
Chisholm Trail throughout KansasScreen Shot 2015-03-26 at 1.39.04 PM Come along boys and I’ll tell you tale, I’ll tell you of my troubles on the old Chisholm Trail. How many times has that song been sung throughout Kansas? The Chisholm Trail names for Jesse Chisholm who was a part Scottish, part Cherokee, trader, interpreter, guide, businessman and occasionally even a finder of lost or kidnapped children….click to learn more!

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