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Sep 8, 2014 - Day 8 Wichita Shopping Day

Two days we spent in Wichita area, with cowboy stores, Old Cow Town, Old downtown and Airplane factories. We went to the cowboy boot and clothing stores the first day. Circled McConnell Air Force Base with the old Stearman factory. We also went looking for "Doc", the B-29 bomber that is being restored at the Boeing Factory. "Doc's Friends" have about 100 volunteers that actually worked in the B-29 factory during WWII helping with the restoration. I'm not sure how far the restoration is, but the plane was to have been ready for OSHKOSH last...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Day 7 Wellington, KS

Today finds us resting and going to two local museums, the Chisholm Trail and Rail Road Museums in Wellington. The "keeper" of the Rail Road Museum's father was a Union Pacific man and did she have the stories to tell. The Chisholm Trail Museum was almost downtown. It is the old hospital for Wellington, all three floors of it. When we were there the elevator was not working but the stairs were invigorating. Don't let your mind wander while inside, you might just think you are in an old evil mental asylum from the sci-fi channel. There are...

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Sep 4, 2014 - Day 4 Our longest day yet

Today we are off to see the Gypsum Hills Scenic Drive from Medicine Lodge to Coldwater. We toured into the hills on the gravel roads and found some horses on the open range. Then we continued west on US 160 to Meade and the Dalton's Hideout. Still traveling west to US 83 we dropped south to Liberal, KS and the Land of Oz. On the west side of town we went to the airport. Liberal had a Army Training Field for the B-24 Bomber. Now it has the Mid America Air Museum. The Museum has nice displays and on the active flight line it has the actual...

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Jun 29, 2012 - Day 48 Wellington

We went to the Chisholm Trail Museum in Wellington. Well, the first room had info about the Chisholm Trail. It was the cattle trail up from Texas to cattle drives to the railhead in Kansas City in the 1880s. The trail passed near Wellington. There were cow skulls, and a map, and ropes, and assorted old cowboy stuff. Note: The Chisholm Trail was named for John Chisholm who was born in East Tennessee and migrated to the west after the Civil War. The rest of the three floor museum was one of those small town museums that collected all the...

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Jun 28, 2012 - Day 47 Wichita

We had a short day today. We went to the Coleman Museum and Outlet Store—more outlet than museum. They had some examples of early Coleman products. I didn’t know that Coleman made home products like space heater, range/ovens, table lamps and wall scones. We learn a little something everywhere we go. Lunch was BBQ sandwiches at Bite Me BBQ. We had one pulled pork sandwich and one beef brisket sandwich and divided halves with each other. Both were very good, but we didn’t pig out like we did other days

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Jun 27, 2012 - Day 46 Wichita

We started this hot day at the Old Cowtown. What a neat place! The museum has collected old buildings from Wichita and around Kansas to create a small town about 3 blocks long. The buildings are furnished as they would have been in the 1870s. All the buildings represent what they actually were back in the day. Although it is hot outside, most of the buildings are air conditioned for the preservation of the buildings and their contents so there were some opportunities to cool off a bit. It is larger than Dodge City and with a broader scope...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Day 45 Wichita

Wichita is home to a Boeing plant and a Cessna plant. Alas, no plant tours. In the past twenty-five airplane plants were in Wichita in the 1920s and 1930s. Over the years, some have failed and others have been bought up by larger companies. We began the day at the Kansas Aviation Museum. It shows the development of airplanes and engines especially as they relate to development in Kansas. Kansas is also the home of Amelia Earhart so there was a large section about her life and final flight. There were small planes inside the building (former...

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Jun 25, 2012 - Day 44 Travel Day

Today we moved from Dodge City to Wellington, KS outside of Wichita. We enjoyed the drive. We didn’t use interstates so we were on 2-lane roads for the most part. But, we made good progress except for the occasional farm tractor moving from field to field and the frequent small towns. These seemed to be the proverbial speed trap. We would be driving along at 65 when the speed limit would drop to 50 and in 40 yards drop again to 35. These low speeds were for quaint small towns, or grain elevator co-ops or cattle feed lots or some...

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Dec 9, 2008 - Trip to Wellington to Celebrate Elizabeth Webster's 85th Birthday

On December 9th, 2008 Ken and Darlene flew from San Francisco to meet Allen and Mary from San Diego in Denver to continue our flight together to Wichita then down to Wellington to help Elizabeth, Darlene and Mary's mother, celebrate her 85th Birthday. Elizabeth's sisters and husbands, Arlena and Jack Hyde, Betty and Dean Myers from Texas and her sister Lavonne from Oklahoma drove up to help as well. Bryce, Jaime, Olivia and Jadyn Farley along with Jamie Reeves and her two boys, Tre and Pearce along with two of Curtis' children Kelsey and...

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Nov 2, 2006 - Kansas!

We left Camp A Way and took highway 77 to the small (and pretty) town of Beatrice (Be-AT-rice) to see the National Homestead Monument - a museum dedicated to the history of the Homestead Act which gave anyone who applied 160 acres of free land if they settled it. While it was the opportunity of a lifetime, for many it was also much harder work in a much harsher climate than they had bargained for. Their lives were portrayed on film and picture displays, and in most cases it was a far cry from the 'Little House on the Prairie' TV...

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