A real, honest-to-goodness, old-time soda fountain: Drop into the Cardinal Drug Store (on the main drag downtown) for an old-fashioned soda fountain treat, and a look at one of the dwindling number of such fixtures in use. The soda fountain was not originally part of this store, but purchased, restored, and moved to this location by the owner. The back bar dates to 1914, and the counter portion with soda fountain to 1937.
There are now (in 2010) less than 40 genuine soda fountains left in the state of Kansas. Visit - enjoy - help keep it going!
- Family Travel
The following information regarding the Austin Bridge was obtained from the web site of the Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce:
"The King Bridge Company constructed the Austin Bridge in 1872. The 160-foot bowstring arch design spanned the Neosho River east of what is now Chanute. Local pioneers invested $15,000 in the bridge for their economic future of getting livestock and crops to the railhead. In 1910 the bridge was moved downstream to the community of Austin.
'In 1972 it was closed to vehicular traffic, remaining open to foot traffic. On September 15, 1977 the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In August of 1999 the bridge was moved into Santa Fe Park to become the southern terminus of a 3.11 mile hike/bike path. A Federal grant, Neosho County and the City of Chanute funded the project."
- Road Trip
Octave Chanute Memorial
The Octave Chanute Memorial - a mobile sculpture which moves with the wind. It replicates the Wright brothers' flying machine, and commemorates the important relationship between the town's namesake and and the birth of flight. French-born Octave Chanute never was a resident of Chanute, Kansas; however, one of the four railroads he built through Kansas made the town possible.
Chanute was an engineer by profession, credited with building several important railroad bridges (including Kansas City's Hannibal Bridge) as well as the stockyards in Chicago and Kansas City. He also developed an interest and expertise in the developing science of aviation. His book on the subject of gliders caught the attention of Wilbur and Orville Wright, who contacted him. Chanute served as a mentor to the young aviators, and the shape of their Kitty Hawk flying machine frame was strongly influenced by Chanute's successful glider design.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
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Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum
Martin and Osa Johnson were household names in the 1920s and 30s, adored by millions of people who followed their globe-trotting adventures to film mysterious cultures and wildlife in their natural habitats. Their silent, then early talking movies, introduced our parents and grandparents to unexplored lands in darkest Africa and on South Pacific Islands - the first great wildlife documentaries. Osa, from Chanute, was girl of 16 when she heard Martin (from nearby Independence, Kansas, speak of his own travels. They married a short time later and began a lifetime of adventures together.
This small, but splendid museum gives us a fascinating look at their lives and accomplishments, as well as featuring extraordinary artifacts from Africa and the South Seas.
To learn more about the Johnsons, and about this museum, visit my Kansas Journeys blog at http://ftkansasjourney.blogspot.com/2010/03/martin-and-osa-johnson-safari-museum.html*L%
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Safari Museum is very good and...
Safari Museum is very good and not very expensive. In the Safari museum you can watch a film about Martin and Osa Johnson's life before going on to see the exhibits. The film uses pictures and film footage actually taken by the Johnsons. I liked the story of their encounter with head hunters.
The Chanute Art Gallary is...
The Chanute Art Gallary is next door to the Chamber of Commerce and half a block from the Safari Museum. There are over 500 works or art on exhibit there. It is unusual for a town the size of Chanute to have such a fine gallary.
There are special new exhibits which change every month.
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