There are so many little towns in Kansas that are often overlooked as people hurry to get somewhere else. When I bought my little RV, I had in mind to explore some of these towns. Wylie and I had been going to the lakes and hiking, but they are getting busier and it’s getting too warm for this old lady and her pup to be out hiking. Our first stop on our Travel Kansas Tour is…..
Wamego, named for a Potawatomi Native American chief, platted in 1866.
Kansas River at Wamego
Calvin’s RV Camping was a nice shady, quiet rv park. The owners are so nice! Our rv is the little black and grey one. Just the perfect size to drive around and so comfortable for camping. All the modern conveniences! We can’t wait to go back!
Our first stop was the park to see the Dutch Mill. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the 1870’s north of Wamego, it was used to grind grain until the late 1880’s. Most of the mills in Kansas were powered by water, the Dutch Mill was powered by wind. In 1924, the mill was dismantled. Each stone was numbered and moved by horse-drawn wagons to the city park, where it was reassembled. The mill is no longer powered by the wind, but has been converted to electricity.
The city park also houses the Wamego Museum and other historical buildings and a little train that runs on a track throughout the park. In the spring of each year they host a tulip festival. That would be a beautiful sight!
Toto in Wamego
Numerous places around town you will see artwork from Kansas artist featuring Toto, from the Wizard of Oz. There are 15 Totos, we have more to photograph, but here is a start. Thanks Wylie for being so patient with me and posing for so many photos!!
Maggie, the Service Dog by Rhonda Kesner
Patriotic Toto, by Jamie Lynn
Wamegoscape II, by Christina Klein
“Toto”lly Gingham, by Kellie Dillinger
The Lollipop Guild, by Jamie Lynn
Emerald City Toto, by Joyce Abernathy
We aren’t done with our tour of Wamego. It will be about:
Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY