At 1993 Caramel Boulevard you’ll find the Russell Stover Candies Outlet. Enjoy fresh samples and watch how candy is made in the demo kitchen. The shop sells a full range of Russell Stover sweeties, including leftover holiday candy and broken candy which are a bargain! Ring 785/263-0116.
AND DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD IT IS TO FIND A PICTURE OF SOME CANDY ON THE INTERNET???? I WASTED A HALF HOUR TRYING TO FIND A NICE PICTURE OF SOME CANDY. ANY CANDY. AND I CAME UP WITH ZIP. ZERO. NADA. BUPKISS!
So here is a lovely photo of the factory where they make candy.
As mentioned in previous entry, Bob proved to be a hospitable host. In this photo, he is explaining to Nancy how leaves and flowers from their own gardens are layed into the wet clay (dug from the surrounding countryside), then how the pieces are colored with metals such as salt, rust, manganese, cobalt, etc. before being fired in the kiln.
(For additional photo, see entry under shopping.)
OK - it's not that far off of the beaten path, but it's outside of the city limits and partially hidden by the trees and gardens. This was our second surprising discover in Abilene (after the Lebold Mansion.) We met Inga and Bob Bow at their studio/gallery on a Sunday morning, and Bob graciously showed us around, discussing their craft and giving us a lot of insight into how they create these beautiful works.
The Tietjens Center for the Performing Arts looks a bit like a castle. It is a place to see plays and concerts. It is on 3rd street just a little west of the Fashion Museum and Sports Hall of Fame. Visit www.gptf.org for a schedule of plays to be performed.
The Fashion Museum is across the street from the Sports Hall of Fame. I thought that was good planning because husbands can look at sports while wives can look at fashion. Admission is $3 and it is located at corner of 3rd and Broadway in this neat looking old building.
When we were at the Dickenson County Heritage Center they were having a quilt contest. Women from all over had taken beautiful quilts there. As paying visitors we were given a score card to vote for our favorite quilt. Quilts are passed down as family heirlooms. If you see a handmade quilt it is some thing special.
State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame is a short distance north of the visitor center at 213 N. Broadway in the old down town. Every sports fan should stop here. It costs $3 to get in but for a true sports fan it is worth it.
The statue is of Dwight Eisenhower as a boy in the town where he grew up. Some things in Abilene have not changed much since Dwight Eisenhower's youth. The city has preserved much of it's proud heritage.
Here is a beautiful quilt created by sewing thousands of tiny squares of cloth together. It depicts the state flower of Kansas, the sunflower. In pioneer days quilting was a way to use up scraps of cloth cut from clothes that had been worn out. It was a way to use some thing again. It took a lot of labor to make a quilt and it was often a project several women would meet and work on together.
Seelye mansion is a 25 room mansion built in 1905 by a doctor. The Patent Medicine Musuem is on the grounds of the mansion and Dr. Seelye made his fortune selling cure all medications like 'Ner-vena.' The mansion is on Buckeye street and is so huge you should not have any trouble finding it. Tours are $10 and you can take a virtual tour of the inside at www.linktokansas.com .
The Heritage Center is just East of the Eisenhower Center. The Heritage Center contains a museum about the history of Abilene and Kansas. Did you know that the famous telephone company 'Sprint' began right here in Abilene? It is true, and there is a part of the museum about the history of the independant telephony. Behind the museum is a barn, log cabin, black smith shop, and much more.
If you enlarge this sign you can read it to learn about the history of Abilene. The town was founded in 1857. When the railroad came to this town in the 1860's ranchers from Texas came north on the Chisolm trail to bring their cattle to the railroad and be sold. Abeline became a lawless cowboy town and was at one time considered the 'wildest and wickedest' town in the west. Wild Bill Hickock became famous as a gunfighter and marshall trying to maintain law and order here.
From 1867 to 1872 millions of Texas Longhorns like this one arrived in Abilene. Great herds of cattle were driven north up the Chisolm trail. The cowboys got paid at the end of the trail in Abilene so gambling halls and saloons sprang up to 'help' the cowboys spend all their money. Then the railroads laid new track south and west and the cattle did not have to go so far as Abilene. The cattle drives went to places like Dodge City instead. Then one day a railroad was built all the way to Texas and the era of the great cattle drives ended.
The Smokey Valley Railroad trains are next to the Greyhound Hall of Fame. Summer months the trains run and you can ride on them. Here is where to find out more about riding the trains...
This great looking depot building is the visitor center now. A very nice woman gave us directions and maps and a booklet with a coupon for $1 off admission to the antique doll museum. It is a good place to stop at first before beginning a day of site seeing in Abilene. Located near downtown at 201 NW 2nd Street.