Tag archive for Kansas

Former Murder Site/Bordello found along Kansas’ Route 66

Former Murder Site/Bordello found along Kansas’ Route 66

This house once owned by a serial killer madam, Ma Staffleback, she and 3 accomplices robbed and killed dozens of clients (mostly miners) during the 1890s. She died in prison in 1909.

Continue reading →

Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Although the music doesn’t really work with the imagery, and they “went backwards” from LA to Chicago, this is a fun representation of all (or at least most) of the city limit signs you will encounter all along route 66.     (Thanks to Ron…

Continue reading →

Meet the inspiration for Tow Mater

Meet the inspiration for Tow Mater

Cars on the Route – Tow Mater 119 N Main St Galena, KS 620 783-1366 Website Souvenirs, Inspiration for “Cars” character This old Kan-O-Tex station is where “Cars” director John Lasseter and Pixar’s Joe Ranfit saw the old mining boom truck that inspired the “Tow…

Continue reading →

Rainbow Arch Bridge still spans time … and water.

Rainbow Arch Bridge still spans time … and water.

Old Route 66 Baxter Springs, KS Historical site/marker Designed by James Barney Marsh and built in 1926, it is the only remaining Marsh Arch “Rainbow Bridge” on Route 66, and you can still drive over it! In 2000, country singer Brad Paisley performed “Route 66” on…

Continue reading →

The oldest continuously operating business on Route 66

The oldest continuously operating business on Route 66

Nelson’s Riverton Store (Eisler Brothers) 7109 SE Hwy 66 (Route 66) Riverton, KS 620-848-3330 Grocery store, Inspiration for “Cars” character This well-kept hole-in-the-wall is a throwback to the general store days of yore, and its owner Scott Nelson loves to talk and sing. “Route 66,”…

Continue reading →

Fantastic mechanical art in an old ice cream shop

Fantastic mechanical art in an old ice cream shop

Boyer Museum – Paul Boyer 1930 — 1205 M Street Belleville, KS 785-527-5884 Website Mechanical sculptures Mechanical sculptor Paul Boyer was born in 1930, in Aurora, Kansas. He has no formal training in art or engineering, in fact he only has a 4th grade education,…

Continue reading →

A garden of goat-getting political satire – MT Liggett’s art field

A garden of goat-getting political satire – MT Liggett’s art field

Art Field – Myron “M.T.” Liggett 1930 — 119 N Cherry Mullinville, KS 620-548-2597 Sculpture environment Built: 1989-present “I say what I want to say, and I piss a lot of people off.” M. T. Liggett was born into a sharecropping family in tiny Mullinville,…

Continue reading →

A mighty Garden on the great plains of Kansas — S.P. Dinsmoor

A mighty Garden on the great plains of Kansas — S.P. Dinsmoor

Garden of Eden — S.P. Dinsmoor 305 E 2nd St Lucas, KS Folk art environment masterpiece, Concrete Built: 1905-1927 The Garden of Eden is the oldest complete self-taught artist environment in the United States, creating a folk art epicenter in this rural Kansas town. In…

Continue reading →

Oh yeah, it’s the World’s Largest Ball of Twine

Oh yeah, it’s the World’s Largest Ball of Twine

World’s Largest Ball of Twine Highway 24 Cawker City, KS 785-781-4713 Cawker City’s claim to fame started when a man named Frank Stoeber was tired of all those loose strands getting in his way – so he did something about it. He started winding and…

Continue reading →

SXSW bound!

SXSW bound!

It is a rare road trip that I “make good time,” it’s more about having a good time. And this that kinda trip. Sure – there is a “point” to all of this – SXSW Interactive starts this week – making this a bit of…

Continue reading →

Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4