Monthly Archives: July 2015

Farmer Creek

It has been so HOT and with little rain there is no water running thru the creek, but the flowers are so pretty this summer.

Black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia)

 

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Spiderwort

They grow in the wild and are edible and nutritious.  I haven’t tried them (and probably not going to).

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Vitex (angus-castus) or Chaste Tree

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Joe-Pye Weed

All parts of this plant are edible.  Joe Pye is said to be named after a Native American, Jopi who used this plant to cure typhus in the 1800’s.

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Rock City

Our grandchildren, Camryn and Caden, from Missouri spent a week with us.  One of the places we visited was Rock City, which is located south west of Minneapolis, KS.

The rocks are remarkable because of their great size and large number.  The spheriod masses are know as concretions.  Rock City has 200 sandstone concretions covering the area of approximately two football fields.  There are others throughout the world, but none are as large as they are at Rock City.

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The Old Mill at Oxford, KS

Oxford a small town located in Sumner County, is know for the Old Mill that was built in 1874.  Restoration was completed in 2000, the mill is part of the local school’s entrepreneurship program.  Students have cleaned up the grounds and created walking trails through out the area, they also manage the Mill Restaurant and serve lunch on Sundays.

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Old Truss Bridges

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Elmdale, KS

Elmdale is located in Chase County, KS.  Some consider it a Ghost Town, but it is still home to about 50 people.  Elmdale has been damaged by numerous floods, a major one in 1951.

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Bummies was a must stop back in 1980’s to pick up a sandwich before heading into the Flint Hills while hauling equipment to watershed dams.

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The school was closed in 1967.  It is now a private residence.

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St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Abilene KS

Entrance to St. Joseph’s Orphanage that provided a home to children from 1915-1959.

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Grotto

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Here is a link (Dickinson County Historical Society) to see a photo of the orphanage that was demolished in 1959.  All that is left on the site are the stone markers at the entrance, a building and the unique grotto.

St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Abilene KS