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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 SharePrintEmail

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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President Roosevelt’s Favorite Song – Why it Matters!

It’s one of the best known songs of that past century.  In fact, one president said it was his favorite.  But then a lawsuit stopped…

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My Western Home – A Poem You Know!

You may not fancy yourself a poet, and you may have forgotten a poem called My Western Home.  But in a moment you’ll find that…

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The Most Dangerous Route the Mail Ever Took

It’s said to be the most dangerous route a postman ever took.  In fact, the route was eventually removed from the earth in order to…

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Peace Treaty Pageant

A three-day event dedicated to an old peace treaty may sound a bit odd.  However, this town’s event draws thousands and can be traced back…

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The Foiled Medicine Lodge Bank Robbery

About as long as there have been banks, there have been bank robberies.  The one that took place in Medicine Lodge, KS over a century…

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Carry Nation’s Hatchet Job

This lady was known to back up her words with her hatchet.  And that hatchet is still well known over a century later.  In fact,…

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Carry Nation’s Crusade

If you attended David Nation’s church in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, many would say the real sermon began when David’s wife began the after-sermon lecture… SharePrintEmail

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