In spite of the promises made by the Americans, the Indians were wary of what would happen with Indian children going to the school located here. So they sent only the abandoned and parent less ones to the school. Normally there were about 20-30 to attend at one time. The whole concept only lasted about 20 years and was the idea of Mr. Huffaker in...more
This cave was a place that Father Francisco stayed after coming to the US from Novaro Italy. He lost the love of his life and then became celibate. What a shame, but he must have liked it. He was here in some years around 1850's and then moved on to Las Vegas New Mexico. He lived in a cave there too. Over 35 years he was in in caves. It is said he...more
This is now a restaurant that once was for commerce and also feeding the settlers coming through town. Seth Hayes, an heir of Daniel Boone built this facility in 1857 and kept it going for years. It has been a mail distribution, court, church, and all along a restaurant. Events were held in the upstairs for groups. Tours are allowed due to it being...more
He was the main stay for the development of the community. Seth had commerce and then set up retail shops on the mains street. This home is one block off the main street and now under construction for the area to expand the school in town. In normal times it is open for tours with the local society that has mostly weekend times to view.more
This is the icon of the community and it still has the grand style and elegance from 1892, when first under construction. The building was in two parts, with the first being the date noted, and second was from 1902. The style is celled eclectic and due to the Romanesque style along with the Byzantine spires on to and surrounding the building. The...more
This site in the middle of town was once a famed bank. It has experienced fire o the exterior in 1974 and inside 1978, but it is said the interior is restored to condition of late 1800's. The place did not seem to be open for tours or seeing, and was for rent. The bank building was first form 1887 and a monument to anchor the mid section of the...more
This was a home that became a retail store for settlers heading west. This really was the last chance for them to buy goods until they reached Santa Fe-many-like 1,000 miles away. Tom Hill built the home in 1857 and lived there as well as offered goods to sell to settlers and Indians. It was a trading post, post office and polling places over the...more
This home has a lot of steeped history being built in 1861 by Abraham Rawlinson, it was the last house to pass for the settler movement going west. The home was purchased by William Terwilliger in 1870, who was a local entrepreneur in freight and livery. It had 80 acres at one time, and later became a service station in 1927 and the adjacent...more
The Hays House once sat right in the middle of the Santa Fe Trail. It's still a popular place to eat, serving nothing fancy - just good old fashioned, mid-western homestyle, hearty meals. On our last visit, a Sunday afternoon in September 2007, most of the patrons were there for the $12.95 buffet which included all the fried chicken you could eat.more
Hays House was built in 1857 by Seth Hays, a grand son of Daniel Boone. It has served many different functions in all that time but it has always served good food.Along with the good food I like the history of the building. It served as a bar, church, court room, post office, along with being a restaurant. Famous men of the frontier days like...more
As you drive towards Council Grove look for these large figures on the prairie hills near the highway. North of town is a covered wagon and out rider. South of town on 177 is a cowboy with a lariat. East of Council Grove on 56 are three Kansa indians on horse back. You will have to tell me what is to the west. I have not been that way to find out.more
Guardian of the Grove statue is near the bridge down town. Behind the statue is a park along the river that has a path leading to the Kaw Mission. The guardian is a Kansa indian. He is authentic in many details. There are over 30 different symbols tied to the statue. As an example a vein in his arm looks like the route of the Santa Fe trail. If you...more
You can't pass through Council Grove without stopping to see some of the historical points of interest. One of my favorites is the Post Office Oak. This giant stump is all that is left of the old tree. From 1825 to 1847 a cache at the base of this tree was where wagon trains left mail. The building behind the stump was a brewery where women and children took refuge during a Cheyenne indian raid.
Fondest memory: Going to Council Grove with my father as a small boy. The Post Office Oak was still alive then and the dam for the reservoir was just being built.