Fort Hays State Historic Site, KS

Fort Hays was an important frontier outpost used after the Civil War for about 25 years. It’s primary purpose was to protect those traveling the Smoky Hill Trail to Denver. After it was abandoned in 1889, Congress turned the land over to the State of Kansas which established an agricultural college on it. The college […]

Cathedral of the Plains, KS

Our first landmark in western Kansas was a bit overhyped. Our second landmark was the famed “Cathedral of the Plains” which turned out not to be a cathedral at all – a designation that requires the church be the seat of a bishop. Nonetheless, the church is especially impressive when you consider that the town […]

Castle Rock, KS

The photo on the right is Castle Rock in 1980 (photo by Dougal McGuire). I include it so you have a reference of the famous landmark’s former glory. In 2001, a thunderstorm broke off the tallest spire of this chalk formation so it no longer stands 70 feet tall – maybe just 55 feet now. […]

Journal: Surfing USSR

Dear Friends of Arkansas, We must open this letter with an apology. Our snide comments in the last letter were directed towards Arkansas and we should point out that they were meant only towards EAST Arkansas. The Ozarks of West Arkansas redeemed the state. A thunderstorm hit us while traveling northwest through the Ozarks and […]

Garden of Eden, KS

Samuel Perry Dinsmoor, a retired schoolteacher, Civil War Veteran, farmer and Populist politician, began building the Garden of Eden and Cabin Home in 1907 at the age of 64. For 22 years he fashioned 113 tons (2,273 sacks) of cement and many tons of limestone into his unique “log” cabin with its surrounding sculptures. A […]