Near the corner of 15th street...
Near the corner of 15th street and Graphic Arts on west side of Emporia is this old silo painted to look like a Coca Cola can. Near the highway west of town there is another one painted to look like a Coors beer can.
On the country roads around...
On the country roads around Emporia don't be surpised if you see deer like the one that came to drink at my pond. I like to take my binoculars and drive around looking for different kinds of birds using my truck as a mobile bird blind.
The farmers market is across...
The farmers market is across from the post office in a parking lot. It is open on Saturday mornings during Summer. When it gets very hot they open it on Wednesday nights for the cool of the evening. To kick off the first Wednesday night of the farmer's market in Summer of 2002 there were musicians there.
Every Spring the garden club...
Every Spring the garden club in Emporia has a plant sale. Great plants at good prices. The money they raise is used to buy saplings trees to give the school children at Arbor Day. I always buy my tomatoes from them and as many flowers as I can afford.
On May 5th, 1862 outnumbered...
On May 5th, 1862 outnumbered forces of army of Mexico defeated the troops of Napolean's army of France. This battle was key in helping create an independent country of Mexico. It is celebrated in Emporia with a fiesta. There are a few photos from the fiesta in a travelogue.
Pancake breakfasts to benefit...
Pancake breakfasts to benefit charity are a tradition in Emporia. The Kiwanis hold one of the largest pancake feeds in town. It is a tradition now for 54 years. Churches, scout groups, social clubs, and the senior citizens also have pancake feeds. It is a good way to get a nice breakfast for only a few dollars while at same time helping raise money for a cause.
The annual sidewalk sale is...
The annual sidewalk sale is each year the last Wednesday in July. The streets are closed and merchants bring their goods out in to the street and put low prices on them. The merchants sell things they want to get rid of from the store and the people get good bargains. I like the side walk sale but it gets smaller each year since there is a big WalMart and shopping mall on West side of Emporia.
Lyon County Fair is each year...
Lyon County Fair is each year around the beginning of August. Most fair exhibits are free. The arena with the demolition derby, mudathon, tractor pull, bull riding, and shows has admission cost. I like to look at the 4H exhibits the kids make and see the animals. There is also a carnival at the fair. This picture is from top of the ferris wheel looking down on the carnival.
The first settlers in Emporia...
The first settlers in Emporia were Welsh immigrants. The Howe house is one of oldest houses in Emporia and was built by a Welsh stone mason. It is on Logan Avenue a few blocks east of Commercial Street. The Howe family gave this home and the land to the Emporia Historical Society. You can arrange a tour of the house by asking at the Lyon County History Museum next door to the Library building on 6th Street. I went here for a historical demonstration in October and will put photos of that in a travelogue.
The local library has...
The local library has promotions during the summer to get people to visit the library. One day this Summer the Flatland Cruisers car club had some of their cars on display at the library. Good way to find out about events like this happening in the community is to read the small free newspaper called 'The Shopper'. The Shopper is available free at gas stations and other businesses in Emporia.
On June 10th we attended the...
On June 10th we attended the Race Unity Day and Cultural Festival at the local highschool. We saw all kinds of performers at the free show they put on. Many different cultures were represented in the show. There was a family of violinists, Hispanic dancers, and a singer from Japan just to name a few. This picture is one of the dancers. The show was great and it was free. Before the show began we got food out side from local youth and church groups. The food offered for sale also represented many different cultures. I could not decide what I wanted so I went from booth to booth and purchased a variety of things. An eggroll, a homemade taco, and a bbq sandwich were all on my plate when I sat down to eat. I had different kinds of things to eat from around the world all together at the same time. It reminded me of my friends here at VT. I have many friends now from many different cultures and we all come together here at VT.
This is the Flint Hills Mall....
This is the Flint Hills Mall. Look at all those people! Actually there are not that many people in the mall some times. The mall took business away from down town. Now a newer larger Walmart store is taking business away from the mall. Down town Emporia and the mall are places to shop.
Large yellow flowers that open...
Large yellow flowers that open in the evening and on cloudy days along roads are salsify. The large seed puffs from salsify are fun to blow on and make a wish. If you dig up the roots of this plant you can make a simple soup with some milk, butter, salt, and pepper. First time I did it I was foolish and dug up the biggest plants with the biggest roots. The bigger roots are the oldest and toughest. Small plants with tender roots are much better.
Emporia's leading citizen gave...
Emporia's leading citizen gave the land to the city for Peter Pan park. William Allen White gave this park to the children of Emporia after his own daughter died tragically. Mr. White's obituary for his daughter is engraved behind this statue of him near the lake at Peter Pan Park.
The city pool near Peter Pan...
The city pool near Peter Pan Park will be replaced in a year or two by the waterpark that is being built. It is a nice place to swim and there are lovely life guards there who let me go inside the fence to take this picture.
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