the explorer - Kansas Sampler Foundation
The Kansas Explorers Club is created to inspire, educate, and encourage the
exploration and appreciation of Kansas...and to have fun doing it!
Explorers are urged to look for the rural culture elements in each town —
architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people.
Kansas Sampler Foundation, 978 Arapaho Rd., Inman, KS 67546
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THE ORIGIN OF THE
The first newsletter of the
Kansas Explorers Club
came out on March 15,
1995, two months after
the club was formed at a
Retreat for Rural Leaders
at The Barn Bed and
Breakfast near Valley
Falls. The retreat was
organized by the Kansas
WHY WAS THE CLUB STARTED?
At poolside, it was decided that there was a need to
grow an audience for Kansas communities of every size.
The “explorer” tourism concept was formalized.
DESIGNED TO BE CLUBBY — and FUN
We went round and round about club decisions.
Membership fee - We finally settled on $18.61 for
the membership fee, recognizing the year Kansas
became a state.
Club handshake - We tried out all sorts of ideas for a
secret handshake and settled on a greeting ritual to be
shared only with club members.
We knew we had the right one
when KE #108 Jay Yoder gave
the approval nod.
Number and card - Everyone would be assigned a
number and receive an annual
WHO WAS EXPLORER #1?
Tad Pierson, the guy who gave tours in a wheat truck in
the early 1990s, was poolside and gave a compelling
argument as to why he should be #1. We all agreed.
Today, Tad is driving tourists around Memphis in his
1955 Cadillac — but he hasn’t renewed his Explorer
Continued on p. 5
WHAT IS EXPLORING?
Explorer definition: To wander through an area
for the purpose of
Exploring concept: Expectations
can get in the way
of appreciating a
place for what it is.
Enjoy the journey!
Goal: It remains a
goal to have 5,000
More than 6,200
have signed up but
current membership remains around 1,500. Gotta
get to 5,000 for positive and steady statewide impact!
100 EARLY SUPPORTERS
Thank you for your longtime support!
If your name is below, you’ve renewed 18 times and
seen our evolution from a cut-and-paste newsletter to
one with pictures and a nicer paper.
#2 Marci Penner
#4 Michael & Ivona Pickering, Lincoln
#5 Lynda Fort, Ulysses
#6 B.J. & Jim Smart, Washington
#9 Mil & VLee Penner, Inman
#12 Linda Kohls, Ellsworth,
#13 Rick Eberhard, Kechi
#15 Jim Gray, Ellsworth/Geneseo
#20 Chris & John Hershberger, Inman
#22 Martha Slater Farrell, Andover
#26 Jean-Ellen Kegler, Prescott, AZ
#27 Susie Haver, Concordia
#28 Patrycia Ann Herndon, Dighton
#31 Brenda & Bill Leslie, Hutchinson
#33 Walter & Esther Stockebrand, Lawrence
#37 Dennis Garver, Abilene
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Featuring the rural culture elements of architecture, commerce,
cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people.
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW
CHECK the places you’ve gone. Each of these was a
winner or finalist in the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests
___ Mary Queen of Peace Church, Ulysses
___ Dust Bowl Days exhibit, Historic Adobe Museum,
___ Mighty Samson of the Cimarron, Seward County
___ Big Basin Preserve, Clark County
___ Lake Scott, Scott County
___ Cimarron National Grassland, Morton County
___ Widest Main Street in the U.S., Plains
___ Winter Livestock, Dodge City
___ Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City
___ Mid-America Air Museum, Liberal
___ Land of Oz, Dorothy’s House, Liberal
___ Pho Hoa, Garden City
___ Big Pool, Garden City
___ Windsor Hotel, Garden City
___ Soda fountains in Cimarron, Garden City, Johnson
Each region has its own unique set of characteristics.
Pick any region and use the 8 Wonders winners and
finalists as destinations. In southwest Kansas, enjoy the
High Plains, Red Hills, and Arkansas River Lowlands as
you venture from one place to the next. There are many
additional things to see between all of these places, too.
EXPLORER VALUE IS HIGH!
Mary Queen of Peace, 804 N. Colorado.
one of the
in the world! Step inside to see the beautiful stained
glass windows that provide surround-color. The 1963
architectural design features an unobstructed view of
More about Ulysses at kansassampler.org/ERV blog
Dust Bowl Days exhibit at the Historic
Adobe Museum, 300 E. Oklahoma
Pictures and quilts graphically illustrate the worst
ecological and human disaster of those times. Open
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Soda fountain at the Old Store, 112 S. Main
Order a treat at the 1950s fountain with 1920 oak back
bar. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat.10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cimarron National Grassland,
2 miles north of Elkhart on K-27.
The grassland was created to counter the Dirty Thirties.
Stand on the Point of Rocks to see what Native Americans and Santa Fe Trail travelers saw!
Dorothy’s House and Land of Oz, 567 E. Cedar,
Oz fans, the Land of Oz offers a retro-tourism experience down the Yellow Brick Road and Dorothy’s
House is a replica of the movie-set house!
Mid-America Air Museum, 2000 W. 2nd, Liberal
Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
The names and color of the World War II airplanes is
reason enough to tour this premier aviation museum.
Mighty Samson of the Cimarron
13 miles northeast of Liberal on U.S. 54
(between Liberal and Kismet)
The bridge was built to save trains and lives. Four
huge, art deco-style concrete pillars support the 1,268
feet long bridge, 113 feet above the river bed.
Widest Main Street, downtown, Plains
Before you leave home, measure your main street.
Laid out in 1902, Grand Avenue is 155’ and 5” wide!
Big Basin Prairie Preserve
15 miles south of Minneola on U.S. 283.
Take a look here knowing St. Jacob’s Well and Big
Basin were once landmarks and watering sites for the
Northern Cheyenne and trail drives from Texas.
Winter Livestock, 1414 E. Trail, Dodge City
Wednesday is auction day; cafe open 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
The less acquainted you are with ranching and cattle,
the more fascinating it will be to sit in the arena of one
of the oldest independent cattle auction companies in
Continued on p. 5
CUSTOMS: Brick streets
Goodland streets were dirt paths until 1921 when
Native American Jim Brown was hired to lay bricks.
After the base was laid, six men were needed to keep
Brown supplied with bricks as he laid 125 to 150 bricks
per minute. He could lay 36,000 bricks in a day.
Church ladies sold donuts to bystanders. When you
stand on the street, think about this scene!
One of the 85 towns that have put information on the
“Rural Kansas: Come & Get It” site is Goodland. To
get more information than is stated here, go to
getruralkansas.org. Find Goodland on the drop down
list. Roxie Yonkey, you did a great job compiling
In 1887, secret meetings were held to start a new town
in Sherman County. One of the names suggested
was Fairyland. In the end, they chose Goodland.
Go ahead, get off I-70.
Come see GOODLAND8 with new eyes!
ARCHITECTURE: Coffee Mill Row
Find the houses between 1400-1600 Caldwell Street
In Goodland’s early days carpenters built simple
four-room, 24-by-24-foot square houses with a
chimney rising from the center of the roof, for railroad
workers and families. People thought the houses
resembled the coffee grinders of the time, so the
houses were named "Coffee Mill Houses" and Caldwell
Street where they were built became Coffee Mill Row.
ART: Creative art from used parts. 6780 K-27.
needed a winter
to keep him occupied when field
work slowed. He
began taking apart
worn-out machinery and creating
field art. The giant grasshopper was one of his first
creations. You can see it about 100 feet away from
COMMERCE: Buy local art
A good reason to go inside the 1913 Carnegie
Library is to buy local art at what is now the Carnegie
Art Center, 120 W. 12th.
CUISINE: Butterfly Cafe
602 Renner Field Road, at the airport.
Open Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; SaturdaySunday 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Mountain Time.
Airplanes, helicopters and people fuel up here. You
can, too! Choose from homemade breakfasts or
made-from-scratch specialties like chicken fried steak
and strawberry rhubarb pie.
GEOGRAPHY: Highest county seat in the state.
No other Kansas county seat town stands higher than
Goodland, at 3,965 feet above sea level. The highest
marker was installed between the railroad and 19th
Street, aligned with the alley between Sherman and
HISTORY: The Kidder Massacre
To reach the site from I-70, take Exit 27 at Edson and
go west one mile on Old Highway 24 to County Road 28.
Turn right (north) and drive about 12 miles. State marker
is on east side of gravel road. Go east a mile to the site.
In 1867 it came to be that Lt. Col. George Custer and
the 7th Cavalry had been out of touch with Fort Sedgwick (1 mile from present-day Julesburg, CO) for quite
awhile. Second Lt. Lyman Kidder and ten troops were
sent to find him. After a series of events, it was Custer
that found Kidder and his men—dead. Kidder’s group
had run into Native Americans, angry about being
pushed off their lands by settlers and soldiers.
PEOPLE: The Flying Doctor
602 Renner Field Road, at the airport
When Marion J. Renner of Goodland made house
calls, he took his doctor’s bag and his pilot’s license.
From the 1930s through the 1960s, "The Flying Doctor”
served the remote areas of northwest Kansas, sometimes flying 50 miles each day to check on a heart patient or up to 300 miles for an emergency at an isolated
ranch. See displays at the airport!
SAVE THE DATE
The Kansas Sampler
Festival will celebrate
it’s 25th Anniversary
when it moves to
Wamego in 2014.
It will be held at
Wamego9 City Park
beautiful downtown Wamego on
May 3 & 4, 2014 and
again on May 2 & 3,
Save the dates and plan to attend!
WHILE ERVING, WE FIND THE UNEXPECTED
ERV = Explorer Research Voyage
We share updates as we travel on
Read more stories and pictures on the
ERV blog: kansassampler.org/erv
When exploring, be an Explorer detective and find
as many related things as you can about one topic.
CATTLEMEN’S PICNIC IN KINGMAN10
In the early 1900s, horse and surrey races took
place at what is now Riverside Park (south Main).
RIVERSIDE PARK, south Main: If you get lucky, you’ll
run into Gregg, the city man who takes care of the
park. He’ll show you the 1/4 mile track (now paved for
cars) and where to look for the remaining footings of
the wooden stands. You’ll also see a bandstand built
in 1929, the present-day river walk, and the 1934 WPA
-built fishing pond.
SECTION ART: At the post office, 425 N. Main, see
Jessie Wilbur’s 1942 mural named, “In the Days of the
MUSEUM: See a big panoramic mural of the cattlemen’s picnic, rodeo and races inside the Kingman
County Museum, 400 N. Main. Open Friday 10 a.m.-4
p.m. or call 620.532.5274.
Born in Rago
Cessna was an
founder of Cessna Aircraft Corporation. He built and
flew a single wing plane, a revolutionary idea at the
time, in December 1911.
MURAL: On the north side of the Kingman County
museum outside wall is a Stan Herd mural showing
Cessna flying the single wing.
MUSEUM: A modest display shows and tells more about
Cessna. It includes his derby hat! See address above.
GRAVE: Find Cessna’s stone in the Greenwood
Cemetery near the ghost town of Belmont. Go seven
miles south of Kingman on K-14 to SE 70th. Turn east
one mile to SE 70 Avenue then 1 mile north to SE 60th
Street. Cross the cattle
guard into the cemetery and
look for the line of Cessna
graves. The main Cessna
marker simply says Aviation
Pioneer. Clyde’s flat stone
states his years 1879-1954.
Look for the nearby sun dial!
If there is one thing we take for granted, it’s cement!
Roads and streets, sidewalks, buildings. What would
we do without it? The place to learn more and appreciate this topic is in Allen County.
The cement capital of Kansas!
The county was also prolific in producing impressive
amounts of natural gas and zinc.
1901 - Iola Portland Cement Company plant begins
production in Bassett and becomes the largest
cement plant in the United States.
1907 - Monarch Cement Company starts at Humboldt.
1909 - Cement plant at Mildred begins production.
1909-1913 - Carlyle builds a cement plant and a brick
1913 - Monarch Cement Company goes into receivership.
H.F.G. Wulf takes over the reorganization and
1914 - First concrete road in Kansas is laid in Bassett.
Allen County Historical Museum, 20 S. Washington,
Iola, is open Tuesday-Saturday 1-4 p.m. with more
BASSETT - Where is this incorporated town? There
is no city limit sign! Leave Iola on South State Street
and look for the State Street/Bassett Street intersection once you cross the Neosho River. Pass Bassola
Lake (a quarry) and take either Portland (as in
cement) or Cement Street to find remnants of a once
thriving cement industry. City maintenance equipment and companies that build industrial pallets and
burial vaults now occupy the buildings.
MILDRED - Charlie Brown’s grocery has been in
Mildred for more than 60 years—and now is the only
business. Open Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-6 p.m., it’s
the place to buy some groceries, get a healthy-sized
deli sandwich, and ask about history and directions to
a few remnants of the old Portland Cement plant (just
1/2 mile north on U.S. 59.
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GO WEST and SOUTH!
Boot Hill, 500 Front Street, Dodge City. Boothill.org
As a tourist attraction, Boot Hill beginnings can be
traced back to the 1920s. Along with Front Street,
the museum has significant collections about Native
Americans, the Santa Fe Trail, the railroad, buffalo
hunters, cowboys, guns, and the TV show Gunsmoke!
Clark Pharmacy, 101 S. Main (620.855.2242)
Find your place at the counter of one of the best preserved soda fountains in the state. Clarkpharmacy.com.
The Big Pool, 403 S. 4th
Even if the water is drained, imagine your little body
in this bigger-than-a-football-field swimming pool built
by mule and people power in 1922.
Traditions, the soda fountain, 121 Grant.
It’s a 7-stool counter with reminders of 1950s prices.
It’s one of about 38 fountains left in the state! Open
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pho Hoa Vietnamese
713 E. Fulton
(closed Wednesday), 10
a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and 4:308:30 p.m.; Sunday 10
Tell Dat or Khahn that
WenDee sent you. She
always orders #38 and
the spring rolls!
Ingredients are fresh.
Main and Pine
An Explorer will want to see why this building was
nominated. Despite the slow speed of the restoration,
you’ll see the value when you enter. Contact Don at
620.275.4340; [email protected] for a tour.
IN THE BEGINNING
In the first newsletter, the eight rural culture elements
were introduced as a way to see Kansas with new
eyes. The Adventures of Susie & the LuWondas were
shared. Members were encouraged to attend the
Bartlett Arboretum to help keep it open. Roxbury, the
Red Post Tours in Ottawa County, C&J’s Cafe in
Osborne, and the Sunbarger Ranch B&B in Cassoday
100 issues later
Now, 100 issues later, more than 6,200 membership
numbers have been assigned to individuals or families.
Many people have adopted exploring as a valued
activity. Thousands of places have been promoted
and felt the positive impact of the difference-making
Kansas Explorer Club members.
100 ISSUES, 100 MEMBERS
#38 Susan Puls, Hutchinson
#41 Menno & Doris Schmidt, Hutchinson
#43 Kathleen & Larry Whitmer, Zenda
#46 Shingo & Kathy Kajinami, McPherson
#47 Dolores Landry, Ames
#52 Barb Robins, Pittsburg
#54 Gene & Barb Merry, Burlington
#55 Carl & Shirley Ade, McPherson
#45 Ken Lundgren, Marion
#58 Luann Miller, Concordia
#60 Bruce & Janice Woods, North Newton
#65 Ken & Mary Asher, Louisburg
#71 Joyce Thierer & Ann Birney, Admire
#79 Leilani & Chuck Thomas, Colby
#81 Connie Dougherty, Lucas
#82 Jane & John Rhoads, Wichita
#83 Paul & Dianne Heinen, Valley Falls
#86 Sara Fair Sleeper, Alden
#92 William Krug, Medicine Lodge
#93 Murray and Nadine Reimer Penner, Wichita
#94 Alyssa Penner & Ragnar Thorisson, Seattle, WA
#99 Karen Sturm, Caldwell
#100 Tom, Liz, Sofi & Pauli King, Atherton, CA
Early Explorers who have received a final secret greeting
#39 Lester Lawrence, Clifton/Clyde
#85 Frances & Marvin Kloefkorn, Caldwell
Lake Scott, 14 miles north of Scott City on U.S. 83,
then 3 miles northwest on K-95.
Is it more incredible to see water in this arid High
Plains area or the unexpected relief in the steep
bluffs of the Ogallala Formation?
El Cuartelejo Pueblo Ruins, Lake Scott
Pueblo Indians lived here in the 1600s! The trace
of ruins is just the start of a bigger story.
rs in a
Each one of you is important to us.
(This is a list of those who have renewed
between the last newsletter and Sept. 15)
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#22 Martha Farrell, Wichita
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#60 Bruce and Janice Woods, North
#163 Kathleen & Steve Fawcett,
#168 Connie & Tom Essington,
#234 Dorman Lehman, Greeley, CO
#258 Tom Leising, Topeka
#263 Judi Selzer, Sharon Springs
#271 Dick & Rose Gradig, Downs
#402 Roberta Plattner, Sabetha
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#629 Steven & Cheri Graham,
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#722 Glen & Freeda Steyer, Salina
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#3094 David, Kim, Anna, John, Cara &
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#3639 Frank & Linda White, Hesston
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#5288 Penny Larsen, Concordia
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#5434 Caroline Coleman,
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KE #679, Dee Reid, recommends the Haddam15
Cafe. Residents of this town of 160 came together
to help remodel the inside and put up a new sign.
Dee says the food is still like always though, homecooked! Across the street is a collection of figures
made of motor parts by J.D. Frye.
With a steam engine at the helm, KEs #3198 Rick and
Jane Hitchcock, deluxe Explorers, were on the abbreviated excursion train ride from Abilene16. The trip
was cut short because of high water on the Smoky
Hill River. They also enjoyed a breakfast sandwich
at Amanda’s in Abilene and then went next door to
Health Mart Pharmacy (formerly Bankes) for ice
cream at the soda fountain!
James and Joyce Jordan, KE’s #3783, went to the
Kansas Storytelling Festival in Downs17 and
“enjoyed it so much, as always!” Attending this festival has become their annual tradition.
KE #6100 Elyssa Jackson’s quest is to visit every
museum in the state. Her goal this year was to visit
ten. She has visited Miners Hall Museum, Franklin18;
Humboldt11 Historical Museums, the Safari Museum,
Chanute19 and Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka.
AN INTOXICATING SCENE
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HUMBOLDT - South
of town is the Monarch
Cement Plant. You’ll
see that it remains a
thriving industry. The
quarry is just south of
the river. You’re invited
to stop in (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the offices (449
1200 Street) to see wall displays about the company’s history. Cement from Monarch was used for the 1932
Neosho River Marsh double-arched bridge that can still
be seen on the west end of Bridge Street.
GAS - Once home to plentiful natural
gas fields, the town is now home to the
world’s largest Gas Kan (the red water
tower has the words Gas Kan on it).
Cement Education is a great reason
to go to Iola, Bassett, Mildred, and
Humboldt but there are many other
things to see along the way!
It never hurts to get educated about
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SPECTATING ON THE NEOSHO
A new, cozy rock amphitheater has been placed
facing the river in Humboldt. Cross the river on West
Bridge Street to find the park.
Ed Harold, “man of the mountain,” at Mount Sunflower
in Wallace County20, found a six pack of Mirror Pond
Pale Ale from the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR
that had been left at the registration mail box. On the
label it read, “for fellow explorers everywhere.”
THE EXPLORER #100
Permit No. 24
Inman, KS 67546
c/o Kansas Sampler Foundation
978 Arapaho Road
Inman, Kansas 67546
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HIT THE TRAIL!
Kansas’ wardrobe in the fall is
runway worthy — at least, trail
worthy. Walking, running, or biking parts or all of the Prairie Spirit
Trail would be a great way to see
the state outfitted in her glorious
autumn colors. The Prairie Spirit
Trail is a 52-mile trail from Ottawa
to Iola with many trail heads
along the way. The new Southwind Trail continues the trail to
Humboldt for another 6.5 miles.
A Pratt double truss railroad
bridge is a feature on this segment. Bikeprairiespirit.com.
HERE IS A SHORT LIST OF INTRIGUING, LITTLE SINGULAR THINGS
Add these up for an Explorer Adventure in Iola and Humboldt!
Community Garden, 702 S. First: What do you do with a flood plain? Use it for a community garden! People
rent plots and do naturally creative things in their spaces. It’s a great model. Come view all the special touches.
Bowlus Fine Art Center, 205 E. Madison. Appreciate the art deco value on the exterior of this 1964 building.
Around the Corner, 110 S. Jefferson. Start your day trip at this new coffee shop!
Bandstand: West of the courthouse is the bandstand. Summer concerts have been presented here since 1918.
WPA: Find many WPA structures at Riverside Park on South State ranging from the football stadium to the bath
house. Another is the community center, originally located in the African American section of town, at 510 Park Ave.
Clock: The 1904 clock tower is now down on the courthouse grounds, still ticking. See the inner workings.
Meat market: From the bread to the meat, Bollings, 201 S. State, makes scrumptious deli sandwiches.
Sun dial: Can you find the sun dial? Go to the back of the Mount Hope Cemetery (between U.S. 169 and B&W
Trailer Hitches on Road 224 on north side...look for the pillars) by the Wulf section.
Patrick Haire shop, 120 S. 8th. See if Pat’s home at his 19th-century woodworking shop. If he is, he’ll invite you in!
Civil War sites: Follow the 12 markers that tell about the 1861 raid and burning of Humboldt by Confederates.
Walter Johnson birth site: From 9th and Bridge street, travel 2.5 miles north, then 1 mile west to 900 St. and
Iowa Road to see a plaque showing the birth site of baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.
Johnson and Sweatt ballparks: Go to S. 6th and Pine and S. 12th and Wulf to see these memorial parks.
Bandstand: The renovated 1905 bandstand on the square has the shiniest floor and ceiling of any bandstand!