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Crash in the Flint Hills

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/18Aug15-Knute-Rockne-Memorial-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It was an unlikely spot for a national story – the Flint Hills of Kansas in the early 1930s.  A…

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Raising $4 Million In a County With Only 3 Thousand People

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/07Aug15-Cottonwood-Falls-Courthouse-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)A county of only about three thousand people was tasked with a major challenge.  They needed to raise about $4…

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A $40,000 Architectural Masterpiece

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/05Aug15-Cottonwood-Falls-Courthouse-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It only cost $40,000 to build this architectural masterpiece.  Of course, that was about 150 years ago, but the small…

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A Building Beautiful Inside and Out

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/06Aug15-Cottonwood-Falls-Courthouse-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)I’ve seen many courthouses in my journeys, but this one has to be one of the most amazing.  Beautiful inside…

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Napoleon’s Link to Concordia, Kansas

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/28Jul15-Concordia-Brown-Grand-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.0MB)Most of us recognize the name Napoleon Bonaparte as that of a famous French general. But for the residents of…

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An Opera House In Rural America

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/27Jul15-Concordia-Brown-Grand-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Today you don’t see many opera stars performing in rural America. But a century ago, the name on many buildings…

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Escapees With Nowhere to Go

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/24Jul15-Concordia-POW-Camp-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.0MB)At first glance, housing enemy soldiers in low security camps in the Midwest may not have seemed wise.  But for…

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Prisoners of War in the Midwest

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/23Jul15-Concordia-POW-Camp-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.1MB)During World War II thousands of enemy soldiers taken as prisoners of war where housed in hastily built camps in…

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A Place Surprising To Both Sides

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/22Jul15-Concordia-POW-Camp-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)When the Allies began the fight against Germany in World War II, they began to take prisoners of war.  Some…

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Abraham Lincoln’s Furthest West Visit

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/06Apr15-Troy-Kansas-Lincoln-Visit.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)People often associate Abraham Lincoln with the states of Illinois or perhaps his birthplace in Kentucky.  But what state is…

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A Work of Art for Every State

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/03Apr15-Troy-Kansas-Peter-Toth-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)To some, they resemble totem poles, but the works of art are more modern and quite intricate.  At least one…

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Peter Toth’s Lasting Impression

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/02/02Apr15-Troy-Kansas-Peter-Toth-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)Peter Toth was just a boy when his family was forced to leave Hungary.  The event left a lasting impression…

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A Place For Pony Express Riders to Stay

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/09/07Oct14-Hollenberg-Pony-Express-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)The pony express was in operation for just a little over a year, however the story of horses and riders racing…

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Location, Location, Location

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/09/06Oct14-Hollenberg-Pony-Express-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)They say that in real estate, the three most important things are location, location, location.  That was true even in the…

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El Cuartelejo

Near Kansas’ border with Colorado you can find a place called El Cuartelejo.  It’s the ruins of an ancient home who’s occupants were on the run from…

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Pueblo Dwellings in Kansas

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/08/02Sep14-Scott-City-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)In western Kansas you can find the foundations for an old Native American settlement.  Perhaps that doesn’t seem too out of…

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A Natural Wonder of Kansas

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/08/01Sep14-Monument-Rocks.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)It’s one of the natural wonders of Kansas.  A place of white spires rising from the prairie plains that have been…

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The Rights to a Famous Cowboy Song

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/05/07Aug14-Home-on-the-Range-4.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:02 — 2.1MB)In the 1930s a cowboy song began to get quite a bit of air time on radio stations.  But suddenly…

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Home on the Range

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/05/06Aug14-Home-on-the-Range-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)The song, “Home of the Range,” turns 140 years old this year.  It might not sound like a big deal, but…

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A Poem Stuffed in a Book

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/05/05Aug14-Home-on-the-Range-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Brewster Higley didn’t think much about the poem he’d written.  In fact, he stuffed it in a book and hadn’t looked…

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