Kansas

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Huron/Wyandot Cemetery

The Huron Indian Cemetery, also known as the Wyandot National Burying Ground, is located at 631 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, Kansas.  Wyandot and Huron are simply different names for the same tribe.  The cemetery occupies a stretch of land between the 7th Street Casino to the south and the Kansas City Library to the east.  …

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History of Lenexa

Check out my latest article in the January 28th edition of the JOCO Gazette.  This month’s article takes a look at the history of Lenexa, which was originally going to be called, “Bradshaw”. Check out the article via this link at the JOCO Gazette. Click on image to read captions

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Luther Dummy Taylor

Check out my latest column in the November 17 edition of the Johnson County Gazette.   This article is entitled, KSD’s Luther “Dummy” Taylor, World Series Champion in 1905″ and recounts the life and Major League Career of Luther Taylor, an 1890s graduate of the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe. Includes some interesting facts about …

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Lecompton Kansas

Lecompton is another town that has embraced its Civil War roots and markets itself to the outside world based on that image. The town’s slogan is “Historic Lecompton: The Birthplace of the Civil War, Where Slavery Began to Die.” Indeed, this very small town just a few miles northwest of Lawrence played a significant role …

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The Harvey Girls

Check out my latest column in the November 19 edition of the Johnson County Gazette.   This article is entitled, “Who Were the Harvey Girls”. this article is a bit of a departure for me from “war” related topics. The Harvey Girls were young women who were hired to provide hospitality to travelers going west on …

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Fort Larned

This week we continue our journey through West Central Kansas with a stop at Fort Larned, which is located near Larned, Kansas, approximately 270 miles from the western edge of Kansas City. The camp created in 1859 was originally named “Camp on Pawnee Fork”. The name was soon changed to “Camp Alert” by the resident …

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