Monthly Archives: August 2015

Dunlap, Morris County, KS

In March of 1874 a post office was established in Hillsborough, the next month it was renamed Dunlap after Joseph Dunlap, an Indian agent for the Kaw tribe.

Benjamin “Pap” Singleton chose Dunlap for his second Singleton Colony, as home for freedmen who had come from Tennessee because of available land under the Homestead Act.  Hundreds of Exodusters arrived in Dunlap.  The Presbyterian Church founded the Freedman Academy of KS to provide education to the settlers, however the school closed it’s door in the 1890’s.

Population in 1910 was over 300, during this time there was a blacksmith shop, hardware, grocery store, ice cream parlor, flour mill, butter and cheese factors, restaurant, bank, hotel, and numerous churches.

When the exodusters first arrived the white community resented them and they had separate schools, churches and cemeteries.  However by 1930, the white and blacks were no longer segregated and lived together peacefully in the beautiful Neosho River Valley.

Dunlap is currently home to approximately 30 people.

Main Street



Native stone sidewalk along Main Street



White Cemetery Dunlap, KS


Black Cemetery about 1 mile north of the white cemetery

Many of the headstones were native stones with no inscription on them




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On a road that is seldom traveled I came across this monument.  A beautiful tribute to a freedman who homestead this land.  Here is a link about Mr. Davis and his monument to his family.

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Massive native stone cornerpost


The ground is so rocky that they drilled holes in the rocks to set the posts.



One of the largest Cottonwood Trees in Kansas

This is one of the largest cottonwood trees in Kansas.  It is located in El Dorado.  Pioneers used the cottonwood as building materials for cabins.  It was not the preferred wood as it is soft, weak, and porous.  It was chosen only when other sturdy woods were unavailable.  They reproduce from the “cotton” that the Kansas winds blow around like snow in the early summer.  Cottonwoods grow rapidly in ideal conditions, reaching 100 feet in 15 years.

Where’s Wylie????? (Look closely)


Can quite reach far enough.  I love those tree huggers:)


New Rooster

On my way back from Burns yesterday, I stopped at a shop in Marion, KS.  TC’s WhatNotShop (look them up on Facebook) is a unique shop located on Main Street that is stuffed full of so many interesting items.  A combination of new and used items.  They carry KU and KState items that you don’t see at the chain stores.  Lots of hand crafted items too.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring home a new rooster.  When I placed it by the chicken run, he scared all my chickens!!  I love Yard ART


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Burns, Marion County, KS

Burns is located in Marion County, KS  It was originally named St. Francis, but they realized that name was already taken so they changed the name to be the same as a nearby Burns train station.  The Burns Union School was built in 1904, the high school closed in 1965, the grade school and junior high closed in 1997.  The population of Burns is 228.  There are numerous business including churches and the Burns Cafe and Bakery which is open Friday and Saturday.



God Bless You Mom


My dear precious mother passed away August 7, 2015.  The most loving Wife, Mother, Grandma, and Great Grandma.  The world is a better place because of you.


Rest In Peace in the beautiful Flint Hill of Kansas.  Our hearts are breaking now but we know we

Will See You Again

God Bless You

Watch over US

I Love you



Wilson, Hitshmann, and Black Wolf, KS

Wilson, KS  Grain Elevator


Hitshmann, KS  Ghost Town

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Black Wolf, KS  Ghost Town

Black Wolf is situated along the north bank of the Smoky Hill River in Ellsworth County, KS.  It started as a station along the Union Pacific Railroad in the late 1870’s.  The Black Wolf coal mines were located 2 miles south of town and supplied the local people with coal for several decades.  There was a hotel, grain elevator, lumber yard, mercantile, a lime kiln, post office and school.Sitting along the Smoky Hill River, Black Wolf endured numerous floods, the worse was in 1938.  In 1952 The UP depot closed, the post office closed in 1953.  All the remains in Black Wolf are a couple of residential homes, old foundations, a grain elevator and the still active tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad.