Rolling Hills

Kansas is full of fascinating places and sights! It isn’t just flat dry farmland. I swear! Check out all of these quirky attractions all around Kansas!

Built in 1931 in Wichita, Kansas, at a cost of $50,000, the Louise C. Murdock Theatre was designed with a “Spanish flair.” Originally built as a performance art theatre, in 2004, it was adapted to include film and video capabilities. The Louise C. Murdock Theatre was built as an addition to the Victorian-era 20th Century Center building.

On the left, a man waits for his lunch in a Valentine diner in Wichita, Kansas, while regular patrons in the back room talk over their meals. Another man reads a newspaper in a favorite booth. The red and white tiled floors, the red vinyl stools and booths with aluminum trim adds to the vintage feel and appeal. This diner building is a modified double deluxe Valentine model. These diners were manufactured in Wichita from the late 1930s into the mid-1970s. Sales of the buildings expanded nationwide, and soon Valentine diners were all over the United States. Many are still in use today.

The Bichet School was built in 1896 to educate children from a French-speaking near Florence, Kansas. The school continued to serve the community until 1946 when it closed because of low enrollment. The last class had two students. The Bichet School’s architecture is an excellent example of the typical one-room midwestern stone school built during the late 1800s.

This statue of a bullrider, by Glenn Stark, stands by the old Missouri Pacific Train Station, across from the fairgrounds, in Kingman, Kansas. The train station is now an antiques store. Glenn Stark created the statue in memory of Bandy Boswell, a bullrider who died as a result of a car accident in 1998.

A life-size bronze statue of Noah V. B. Ness stands in front of the Ness County Courthouse in Ness City, Kansas. The courthouse was built in 1917. The county was organized in 1873 with its county seat in Ness City, which was named by the Kansas Legislature in honor of Ness, corporal of Company G, Seventh Kansas Cavalry. Ness died Aug. 24, 1864, at Abbeyville, Miss., of wounds received in action, August 19, 1864, during the Civil War. Dedicated in June 2000, a plaque on the statue states: “This statue is in memory of Noah Ness and all of the brave men who fought to keep this country free.”

The Chase County Courthouse, designed in French Renaissance (Second Empire) style with a red mansard roof, is one of the most recognizable buildings in Kansas. The courthouse sits at the end of a wide brick street in Cottonwood Falls. Completed in 1873, it’s the oldest county courthouse still in use in Kansas and the second oldest in continuous use west of the Mississippi River.

A venerable cottonwood tree casts a shadow across the Bichet School in Autumn. How small the tree must have been when students were attending this now abandoned school in eastern Kansas. It still stands because of its sturdy construction. In the back lawn of the school are two stone outhouses. The Bichet School was built in 1896 to educate children from a French-speaking near Florence, Kansas. The school continued to serve the community until 1946 when it closed because of low enrollment. The last class had two students.

In 1906, the Kansas Daughters of the Revolution placed Santa Fe Trail Marker Number 35 near Canton, Kansas. The Old Santa Fe Trail was the path across the states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. The DAR’s marking of the trail involved the placement of ninety-six granite stones across the 500-mile route in Kansas. The Colorado DAR placed additional markers along the trail in Colorado.

The name Sherman has a special place in my heart so I had to add this to the wonderful sights of Kansas!
A sign for Sherman Street stands at the corner of Main and Sherman streets in front of an old building in Kingman, Kansas.

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Prairie Burn

These gorgeous photos of a prairie burn are an excellent addition to your artistic environment!

Ranchers and conservationists start controlled burns in the Kansas Flint Hills, replicating a natural fire to preserve the native prairie by burning back shrubs and trees. The Flint Hills, historically known as Bluestem Pastures or Blue Stem Hills, is a region in eastern Kansas and north-central Oklahoma named for the abundant residual flint eroded from the bedrock that lies near or at the surface. The Flint Hills Ecoregion is designated as a distinct region because it has the most dense coverage of intact tallgrass prairie in North America. Due to its rocky soil, the early settlers were unable to plow the area, resulting in the predominance of cattle ranches, which are in turn largely benefited by the tallgrass prairie.
A rancher on horseback starts a controlled burn by dragging a fiery tire across the prairie in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

At sunset, three riders hurry to an area to be burned in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Smoke already fills the skies and plumes rise in the valley beyond.




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Fuzzy Frenchie

Adorable doesn’t even cut it when describing these goofy little critters! Personality fills up every corner and curve of their furry selves. French bulldogs are sturdy, compact, stocky little dogs, with a large square head that has a rounded forehead and a flat face. They have round, prominent dark eyes that are set wide apart. Their bat-shaped ears stand erect. The French Bulldog originated in 19th Century Nottingham, England, where lace makers decided to breed a smaller, miniature, lap version of the English Bulldog that was referred to as a “toy” bulldog.






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Flags Waving In The Wind

Coming from military families I definitely appreciate the service. We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. ~ Felix Frankfurter ~ “We owe you an enormous debt of gratitude for keeping us free.” Thank you for your service to our country.

A military band welcomes guests to an evening at Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец) is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km southeast of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia hired German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace. In 1733, Empress Elizabeth expanded the Catherine Palace, but then demolished the old structure and replaced it with a much grander edifice in a flamboyant Rococo style.

A soldier in a 19th century uniform stands guard at an entrance to the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), in the Russian Federation, near St. Petersburg.

“Changing of the Guard in Lima, Peru” by Catherine Sherman. A guard takes his position as his predecessor marches away at the Government Palace in Lima, Peru. Guards perform a ceremony as they change at the building, which is the president of Peru’s official residence. Known as the Government Palace of Peru and also the House of Pizarro, the Peruvian government headquarters was built in 1535 over a huge Indian burying ground Waka that had a shrine of Indian chief Taulichusco.


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A Place To Rest Your Weary Bones

Choosing a place to recharge during a road trip is an important choice, but it can also make for an interesting, quirky, exciting adventure!

The Blue Swallow Motel’s neon light beckons travelers on the old Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. The Blue Swallow Motel has been serving travelers along the Route 66, the Mother Road, since 1939.

“Historic Beaufort, South Carolina, Inn” by Catherine Sherman This historic Beaufort, South Carolina, inn was once the home of prominent Beaufort families, including the Rhett family, for which it is named. Many Hollywood actors have stayed in the inn while they were starring in films being produced in the town. The inn is a classic Greek Revival antebellum mansion, built around 1820.

The Victor Hotel is a four-story historic brick hotel in the mining town of Victor, Colorado. The hotel, built in 1899 by the town’s founders, the Woods brothers, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Flags of many nations line the drive to The Victoria Falls Hotel, an historic hotel at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe in Africa. The hotel is dramatically situated, with a view of the Second Gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge from its terrace. The hotel was opened in 1904 to accommodate passengers on the newly built railway, part of the planned Cape to Cairo Railway.

The neon sign of the “Buckaroo Motel” beckons travelers on the historic old Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. A few letters in “Motel” aren’t lit, but you get the idea.

The sign for the Pony Soldier Motel stands tall against a bright blue New Mexico sky, even though the motel was torn down in 2010. When the motel was still open, the blank sign at the bottom read: “Here we are on Route U.S. 66.” The Pony Soldier Motel was one of the many motels along Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico, which was a popular stop for cross-country travelers on Route 66, now Highway I-40.

The Blue Swallow Motel’s neon light beckons travelers on the old Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. The Blue Swallow Motel has been serving travelers along the Route 66, the Mother Road, since 1939.


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Party Owl The Time!

These birds are a fun and funky way to send love and celebration!

Mother’s Day is around the corner so celebrate it with this sweet card of a mother hen and her chicks!

This handsome Polish Crested rooster sports a crown of glorious feathers to show he’s the king of the barnyard. The Polish (also called the Poland) is a European breed of chicken known for its crest of feathers. Celebrating birthdays is his natural style!

The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), also known as the Black-footed Penguin, is found only in southern African waters. It ‘s also widely known as the “Jackass” Penguin because it makes a donkey-like bray, although several species of South American penguins produce the same sound, according to Wikipedia. What a fun way to celebrate!

A pair of Tree Swallows on their nesting box make a lovely greeting for bird lovers celebrating an anniversary.

Sending flights of celebration are perfect with bald eagles!

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Thinking Of You

Missing someone is no stranger to me having my significant other on the road most of the year. If you have a loved one far away whether it’s for a short or long time these sweet animals will send your love for you.


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