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Hoglund Dugout

Located west of Lindsborg, KS is the Hoglund Dugout.

Gustaf Hoglund and Maria Olsen were married in 1871.  Living in the dugout they homesteaded 80 acres.  They built a small shanty around the dugout, where they lived until 1880.  At that time they built a large 2 story 5 bedroom, as their family had grown to 8 children.  The home was built to the east of the dugout, which then served as a root cellar.  The children never married or moved from the farm.  The youngest child, Alma died in 1975.


The dugout was filled with water due to the all the rains and flooding.  I’ll return to the dugout when it dries out as I’d like to see all the rock work and how deep it is.  The dugout is only a couple miles from Coronado Heights, which is closed due to erosion and the only road being washed out.  Miss going there as it’s so beautiful this time of year with all the yucca, spiderwort and butterfly milkweed.

It’s Been A While

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but it’s like a friend you haven’t seen in a long time and you just pick up right where you left off.  Today our adventure was one of my favorite places, Lincoln County, KS.  I love the landscape and especially the limestone, be it fence post, homes or bridges. ❤ Limestone

Lincoln County has a program that recognizes all the old schools.  Here’s a couple we saw today.

Liberty School 1893-1947

Spring Valley School 1893-1953


I love goats


What a beautiful home and barn.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to fix this up?


Stone Arched Bridge


Huge old oak tree.  That’s Wylie sitting at the base of the tree.


Unique silo


Something I have NEVER seen……..A plane at the gas station!!

It’s good to be back with a post.  Hopefully I can get use to using a laptop instead of a desktop (as I no longer have a desktop because it quit!).  It’s been quite a learning experience for me.  I can get into all sorts of trouble on a laptop.  Touch the little touchpad the wrong way and things disappear!!  Touch the screen and it either grows big or small or disappears.  What do you use when you post?  And please don’t tell me you post on your phone!!!!!


Dr. Jones Homestead


Located in the Flint Hills, just to the southeast of Florence, KS is the home of Dr. W.B. Jones


Built in 1878


Beautiful stone work


Dr. Jones and his wife Sara had 7 sons.  They only lived in this beautiful home for a few years.


The moon keeps watch over the majestic homestead.




Exploring Barton County, KS

This week in Kansas has been so hot!  The 100 degree temperatures are great for the wheat harvest.  I had a decision to make, stay home and enjoy the climate controlled comfort of home thinking of places to go OR load up and enjoy a day exploring.  Load up Wylie!!

We headed west to Barton County, an area known as Post Rock County.  This area is approximately 200 miles from the Nebraska border to Dodge City.

Boyd, KS was a station and shipping point for the railroad.  All that is left is a  grain elevator, a farm and this abandoned station.  Was so surprised to see the two gas pumps!


Scales at Boyd Station


On our way to Olmitz we saw this jackrabbit.  Our rabbit population is mostly cottontail, but the jack is making a comeback.


Olmitz was established in 1885 mainly by Austrians.  It is quiet little town, population 114, the catholic school has closed, kids are bused to Otis, about 6 miles away.  This little bar The New Place, was a great stop on a hot day.  I will post photos of the beautiful catholic church in the series of Churches of the Prairie, I can’t wait for you to see it, it was SO beautiful!


From Olmitz, we traveled north on the backroad to find ruins of Barton County.  The temperature was 103 and we had a few people stop to see if we were okay.  Thank you Barton County for checking on “an old grandma and her pup”.

I see so many of these abandoned places and there are some that I would love to refurbish.


Someday I would love to go into one of the cellars!  There is a group in the Flint Hills that gives tour of the Kansas stone cellars.  Sign me up!


What a beautiful home.


The entrance at one time was quite impressive


This homestead out grew its original stone home and later built on the wood frame addition


This was where the Lutheran church held their Sunday school classes.


Just up the road is this homestead


A little farther north driving along the river bottom and I was thinking “what a great place for a home”, someone else thought that too!  The stories these homes could tell.


Cellar at the river bottom home




Lincoln County Again

Lincoln County is one of my FAVORITE places.  It was such a beautiful day, calm day after all the wind we’ve had.  I wished you were with us.

Since the grasses haven’t started growing  I saw numerous root cellars/storm caves.   NO, I didn’t crawl into any of them!!!







All that is left of this home, is a window in the milo stubble.


Ash Grove, KS at one time had a grocery store, lumber yard, blacksmith, hardware store, hotel, church and school.

Limestone arch bridge at Ash Grove


Yard art? or just poor parking?




The wooden frame building was the Pottersburg Church.  It was moved to Ash Grove in 1925.

The church bell is still in the bell tower.


Ash Grove school closed in 1966.  Can you hear the school bell ringing?


To the south of Ash Grove was the site of Pottersburg.


A woman died near Spillman Creek and was buried in the cemetery.  A local man later bought this stone for her.


Continuing south is a place that I came across years ago while exploring with my Mom and Aunt.   It is the only place that I have seen that has limestone clothesline post still standing, I was so happy when I came across it again.  It is absolutely in the middle of no where.  Can’t imagine how awesome it would be living there.   DSC03268

I always loved hanging clothes on the clothesline.


Limestone Double Arch Bridge, no longer used but they preserved it when they re-routed Highway 18.


Back Roads to Maxwell


I had my day all planned out, and none of what I had planned worked out.  It is a cool, breezy overcast day and the place I was wanting to go in the Flint Hills would be better photographed on a clear day.  Wylie and I loaded up and took the back roads over to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge near Canton, Kansas.  Here’s what we saw today.


Abandoned bridge outside of Assaria, KSDSC02853

I didn’t find any information on Hallville, KS.  There is one home currently occupied, I could find no other remains of any buildings.  It was along an abandoned train track.


Olive Springs School was built in 1885 and was used as a school until 1947.  It is now an art gallery displaying the painting and prints of a local artist, Maleta Forsberg.




Bridge near the entrance to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge


Maxwell Wildlife Refuge is home to 200 head of bison and 50 elk.  They roam free on the 2800 acre natural prairie.



Just west of the Refuge is McPherson State fishing lake, where we saw this lone eagle.






Exploring just West of Home

It was so beautiful that I just had to get out!  Just a few minutes from home there is this old sandstone homestead.  It sits in a great location, out in the middle of a pasture with sandstone bluffs to the south.  What a beautiful place to live and raise a family.  DSC02835


Wide open spaces


You never know who is watching you!


Sandstone formation


The barn is the only thing left of this homestead.  Built in 1910



Old barn with a rock fence


Another abandoned homestead, they have cleared the trees from around this home.  Maybe someone will fix it up.






I always love to take the road that is less traveled.

This low water crossing opened up to bottom land that is now cultivated farm ground.


As I traveled up from the crossing thru the field I went up to an abandoned homestead.  I can only imagine what life would have been like for this family.  This place is so isolated even to this day.   I always think I would have loved to have lived in Kansas during this time.  The beauty of the land, so unspoiled, no noise pollution, just the sounds and sights of nature.  So dark at night.







I read a book titled Homesman, which is also a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones.  It’s about a woman and Tommy Lee who take three women from the Nebraska territory, who unfortunately have been driven mad by life on the prairie, back east to their families.  As I stood at this homestead I thought about some of the hardship these pioneer women went thru.  My grandmother was out in Western Kansas during the 1930’s dust storms and she didn’t want to talk about it.  Now I feel bad when I complain about the dust on windy days!

I find so many of these old sites that I wished I could buy them and restore them.  Such a loss.



Fall in Post Rock Country

It was a beautiful clear crisp fall day, perfect for a trip to Post Rock Country.  DSC02398 DSC02401

Sunrise School District #58  Built in 1885


Farmhouse and Stove Cave Celler




This was a big stone home.  A great one to fix up!!


Bethany Cemetery and Church


I love the shoe scrapper!  Made out of a horse harness!



Battle Creek School    1923-1965



Victor, Kansas


Round Springs Cemetery  1914




Outhouse behind church.  I think I can wait!



Paris School District #42  1882-1947


Just a Little House on the Prairie