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Eye Opening Discoveries In Fort Scott, Kansas

While long vacations can be fun to plan, there are plenty of times we are just looking for a short getaway. Whether it's a day trip or an overnight stay, taking an excursion to a close by destination can add an air of excitement to any weekend. With a drive from Kansas City that can be covered in around one hour, we were ready for some eye opening discoveries in Fort Scott, Kansas. We timed our visit to arrive on a Friday afternoon, with a goal to see as much as possible in around 24 hours.  We want to thank the Fort Scott [...]

By |2019-05-27T05:20:55-06:00May 27th, 2019|Fort Scott|6 Comments

The Power of Positive Change – Unsung Heroes

We are always on the lookout for unusual sites when visiting a new destination. It is amazing what you can find when you dig deep enough into a city's attraction. Fort Scott may seem like an unlikely place to learn about the worlds most unheralded heroes. A stop at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes opened our eyes to some people we had never heard of, prior to our trip. This incredible facility helps students learn the power of positive change through student driven projects. We were amazed at the role models that had been uncovered by students during their research. We [...]

By |2019-05-20T06:57:23-06:00May 20th, 2019|Fort Scott|0 Comments

Keeping The Peace Frontier Style – Fort Scott

When we planned our visit to Fort Scott, Kansas our itinerary included a variety of sites to see. The one site that had to be top of our list is the actual fort from where the city gets its name. One of a chain of forts built in the mid-1800's, it was designed for keeping the peace frontier style. With many tribes being resettled to the west, it was imperative that these new "promised" lands be kept free of settlers. Today, this free site has been renamed the Fort Scott National Historic Site and offers an educational opportunity for visitors. We want to thank [...]

By |2019-05-13T06:55:41-06:00May 13th, 2019|Fort Scott|6 Comments

Lyons Twin Mansions – Historic Double Take

Picture life during the year of 1876. The United States was celebrating its first 100 years. Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for his new invention called the "telephone". Colorado is admitted to the Union as the 38th state. You can imagine the pace of life in those simpler days. During this same time, a pair of Italian architecture mansions were erected in this refined Victorian period. Thus, the Lyons Twin Mansions came into existence. Our trip to Fort Scott gave us an opportunity to get a historic double take of this pair of beautiful homes. We want to thank Visit Fort [...]

By |2019-05-06T03:45:48-06:00May 6th, 2019|Fort Scott|22 Comments

Crooner’s Lounge Hits The Mark

It's obvious from our travels that great food can be found just about everywhere. One of the things that elevate a good meal, to the status of great, is the atmosphere. You have probably found yourself enjoying a delicious meal in a location that felt cold and less than welcoming. While not every restaurant will have world-class dishes, we know that eateries in the Midwest are usually filled with friendly faces and welcoming smiles. When we traveled to Fort Scott, Kansas we were confident that we would find Crooner's Lounge hits the mark for Midwest hospitality. We want to thank Visit Fort Scott [...]

By |2022-03-19T05:29:31-06:00April 29th, 2019|Fort Scott|5 Comments

The Importance of Perseverance – Gordon Parks

We never cease to be amazed at the history we find in each city we visit. It's true that every place is filled with its own set of stories, and it is up to the visitor to seek them out. A trip to Fort Scott, Kansas provided an opportunity to learn more about one of the most influential African American photographers in our country's history. Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks hails from this frontier fort city, but his impact was felt all around the world. While his story is one of immense success, it also teaches the importance of perseverance. We want to [...]

By |2019-04-24T05:51:49-06:00April 22nd, 2019|Fort Scott|8 Comments

Sweets, Treats, and Surprises In Chanute, Kansas

Most everyone enjoys a vacation, but only has the opportunity to take a handful at most per year. In between these longer trips, it is fun to have a few day trip options in your back pocket. We have lots of small to medium size towns and cities within a two to three hour drive from our hometown, which make excellent escapes. Chanute, Kansas is a good example of this, as it rests just a couple hours south of the Kansas City metro. We picked a beautiful Fall day to visit this southeast Kansas town situated in the Neosho River Valley. The city [...]

By |2021-11-08T11:47:26-06:00November 9th, 2018|Chanute, Daytrips, Destinations, Kansas|0 Comments

Filling Our Tanks At Playmakers Sports Bar & Grill

What would a day trip be without at least one meal away from home? While in Chanute, Kansas we planned our lunch break to coincide with being near Playmakers Sports Bar & Grill in the downtown area. Our schedule had kept us busy not just through the morning, but also the first half of the afternoon. By the time we made it to the restaurant, we were famished. Fortunately, we were hitting them up at an off lunch-rush peak, so it made our service quick. We want to thank the Chanute, Kansas Tourism Office and Playmakers for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are our own. [...]

By |2021-10-27T06:52:14-06:00November 2nd, 2018|Chanute, Kansas|0 Comments

Octave Chanute Makes His Mark In Kansas

Throughout our lives we learn so many important historic names, but our guess is that most of you are unfamiliar with Octave Chanute. When we planned our visit to Chanute, Kansas it never occurred to us how the town had picked its name. A visit to the Chanute Historical Society Museum would help us better understand the story behind the origin of the name. We noticed a monument nearby the museum and took a moment to check it out. The sculpture honors the Wright Brothers flight and soon we would learn the connection to Mr. Chanute. We want to thank the Chanute, Kansas Tourism [...]

By |2021-10-27T06:49:25-06:00October 26th, 2018|Chanute, Kansas|6 Comments

Untold Adventure Awaits At The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

We both enjoy watching nature programs and seeing animals in their native environments. Like most people, the only time we see many of these creatures in real life is at a zoo. A visit to Chanute, Kansas opened our eyes to the Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum. It's fun to consider the experience of an African safari, but couldn't imagine being some of the first to ever do this. You can imagine our surprise when we found out that this was actually accomplished by a young couple from southeast Kansas. What we found was not just a collection of artifacts and photos, but the [...]

By |2018-11-22T05:39:37-06:00October 19th, 2018|Chanute, Kansas|12 Comments
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