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Cowboys, Calls, and Carousels – Dickinson Heritage Center

On a warm summer day we rolled into Abilene, Kansas. We arrived from the south, much like the cattle drives of old. The first destination on our itinerary was the Dickinson Heritage Center. This multi-subject museum is a good spot to learn the background of the area, as well as some extra informational tidbits. The museum is located in a section of the city that has a collection of historical sites and specialty museums. It was nice to find that many of the places we would be touring were all within walking distance of each other. The Dickinson Heritage Center begins with a [...]

By |2022-10-11T12:54:30-06:00August 15th, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|0 Comments

The Quick and The Dead – Old Abilene Town

There is something engrossing about seeing history come to life. At Old Abilene Town visitors have the chance to witness this happen each weekend during the summer. This place is family-friendly and includes a mix of static museum-style displays with interactive activities. We dropped in on them on a Saturday afternoon and found that they even had a concession truck available for those needing a snack. The Town Our arrival was made in time to give us the leisure of walking around the town before the afternoon performance was scheduled to begin. The buildings are laid out like an old street, but there [...]

By |2022-04-14T04:23:47-06:00August 8th, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|9 Comments

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner At Brookville Hotel

UPDATE: The Brookville has been reopened under new ownership. We plan to revisit to update this article.  Abilene, Kansas held a few unexpected surprises for us. Some of you may have heard of the Brookville Hotel, which originated in Brookville, Kansas in the late 1800's. In those days, cowboys were driving Texas longhorns north up the Chisholm Trail. The town of Brookville sprang up along the route, and quickly grew in population with the aspiration of attracting a railroad center. When Union Pacific settled on nearby Junction City, it was a crippling blow for the town of Brookville. Even though the population dwindled, [...]

By |2022-10-13T08:18:37-06:00August 1st, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|22 Comments

All Aboard The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad

Growing up neither of us had much opportunity to travel by train. The heyday of this mode of transportation had passed and most families navigated the countryside by automobile. Recently, we had the chance to take a lunch train ride that piqued our interest in experiencing more of this form of travel. When we laid out the plans for our visit to Abilene, Kansas, a stop at the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad was high on our list. We arrived at the Rock Island Depot, which was built in 1887, with time for a tour of the facility before our journey. We want to [...]

By |2022-10-11T12:52:42-06:00July 25th, 2018|Abilene, Destinations, Kansas, Midwest|4 Comments

The Hidden Wonders of Rolling Hills Zoo

A trip to Salina, Kansas takes about 2 1/2 hours from the Kansas City metro, and it will put you almost half way across the state. About 10 miles farther, and you will find something you would never expect out here. About 2 miles south of I-70, at exit 244, you will come upon the Rolling Hills Zoo. What started as a horse farm in the early 1980's, has blossomed into a zoological park that now boasts over 100 species. We were pleasantly surprised with our visit to this rural park. The Museum at Rolling Hills Zoo Our first stop was in the 64,000 square foot [...]

By |2022-10-17T13:32:55-06:00April 13th, 2017|Destinations, Kansas, Midwest, Salina|2 Comments
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