Jumping Off the Train

Imagine a train chugging south out of Kansas with people jumping from the cars all along its route.  This is the reason they jumped and mass chaos took place that September day…

The Cherokee Strip

It’s called the Cherokee Strip…a stretch of land in north central Oklahoma originally given to the Cherokee and later opened to settlement by the U.S. government…

Permission to Get Married

For an enlisted man at Fort Hays, it wasn’t enough to win a woman’s heart and ask her hand in marriage.  You needed the permission of your commanding officer and a few other key logistics to make the wedding take shape…

Reasons for Enlisting

The army certainly needs strong, upstanding young men and women to fill its ranks…but in the late 19th century, the reasons folks enlisted may have been for reasons far from defending one’s nation…

A Remaining Fort

As Americans moved from east to west, a network of forts sprang up on the high plains to protect travel and commerce.  A few of those outposts remain, not as military installations, but rather a testament to the communities that thrived around them…

The Little Red House in Western Kansas

The first building in this town didn’t begin its life here.  In fact i’s route to this city is a story in itself.  This is the tale of the little red house in western Kansas…

The Superhighway of the 1800s

It was a superhighway of the 1800s…a thruway carrying people and cargo from two ends of the country.  It may not have been here though if it wasn’t for one country’s attempt to thrwart Lewis and Clark’s journey to the Pacific…

The Married Life at Fort Hays

For an enlisted man at Fort Hays, it wasn’t enough to win a young woman’s heart and ask her hand in marriage. You needed the permission of your commanding officer and a few other key logistics to make the wedding take shape…

Enlisting in the 19th Century Army

The Army certainly needs strong, upstanding young men and women to fill its ranks today. But in the late 19th Century, the reasons men enlisted may have been for reasons far from defending one’s nation…

A Fort Among the Plains

As Americans moved from east to west, a network of forts sprang up across the high plains to protect travel and commerce. A few of those outposts still remain today, not as military operations, but as a testament to the communities that thrived around them…

Shawnee Mission

As Europeans crossed the Atlantic, those who had been living on the eastern seaboard for centuries were often forced to leave their homes

Longer Than Noah’s Flood

You’ve heard of Noah’s flood.  This city had it worse it terms of numbers of straight days of rain.  What resulted is an event still a part of the lore of this place…

The Other Inauguration

On the day the latest U.S. president is sworn into office, the runner-up will receive their own ceremony just a few hours prior.  It’s a small event you can attend free of charge, although it’s doubtful the presidential runner-up will show…

The “Biggest Loser”

This man ran for president five times and never won.  Some may call him the “biggest loser.”  Here it just means he gets his picture on the wall more often…

They Also Ran

If you competed in a race and didn’t win, you might be labeled an “also ran.”  But in this town, it’s the “also rans,” not the winners who are celebrated…

The 1936 Berlin Olympics US Basketball Team

Eighty years ago the first Olympic gold medal basketball match was played.  You can bet the scene back then is far different than anything you’ll find now. Cheap Jerseys free shipping  It was all a surprise the to Americans when they arrived in Berlin back in 1936…

Dunking the Basketball

What would the game of basketball be without the dunk?  You have some unlikely folks in central Kansas and one New York sports writer to thank for the rim bending slam that is commonplace today…

Training for the Olympics

Today’s Olympic athletes may be able to devote many hours to training for their big event.  Eighty years ago, this group of Olympians was first simply focused on having a job during the Depression…

Getting Your Name Out In Public

Businesses may use a variety of ways to get their name out to the public.  In the first half of the 20th century, one sport provided a way for companies, large and small, to advertise via the teams they backed…

Offering a Blank Check for a Cabin

It’s a place so important, the owners were once offered a blank check if they would sell.  It’s a story you can hear on radio and catch on TV this weekend on U.S. Farm Report…