Washington Street will take...
Washington Street will take you to the old heart of Junction City. That is where the old down town buildings are and some of the parks and restaraunts as well. Junction City suffers a problem that is common in some Kansas towns. Big stores got lots of cheap land at the edge of town and built huge businesses there. People tend to go to the bigger stores at edge of towns now and the small stores down town are not getting as much business. If you visit Junction City or any other town in Kansas spend some of your money buying souvenirs down town. Help preserve the old town and the heritage there.
Wetzel' Log Cabin Church is in...
Wetzel' Log Cabin Church is in a small park near I-70 in Grandview Plaza just east of Junction City. This log cabin was a home and also the first lutheran church. It has a common feature of some old cabins. There is an open center between the two rooms. That was an area where the breeze could blow through and families would sleep there to stay cool while still having a roof above them.
The building beyond the...
The building beyond the historical marker is the first territorial capitol. It is open from 10 to 5 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only and Sundays from 1 to 5. I was there on a Tuesday and only saw if from the out side. It is located on the east side of Fort Riley.
The Buffalo Soldier Memorial...
The Buffalo Soldier Memorial is at the corner of 18th and Buffalo Soldier Drive. For my friends in foreign countries Buffalo Soldier was a nickname given to the soldiers of the 9th and 10th horse cavalry regiments. The soldiers were all African American black men. At the US Cavalry Museum you will learn that these men were given inferior equipment and yet they had fewer incidences of desertion and less discipline problems than the white soldiers did.
There is an old locomotive at...
There is an old locomotive at Wyman Park on Fort Riley. You can climb up in the train and see what it was like for the engineer who drove the train. I used to like to do stuff like that when I was young... Who am I kidding? I still do stuff like that.
There are automatic fish...
There are automatic fish feeders at each of the raceways. The long narrow raceways are about 4 feet deep and can hold as many as 150,000 small fish in each one. When the feeders begin dropping fish feed in the water the water under them seems to boil as the fish all try to eat at once.
Another picture inside my...
Another picture inside my favorite place, the Milford Nature Center. The picture is of the paintings that were used to create special stamps. Hunters and conservationists purchased the stamps to help the state raise money to protect waterfowl and other wildlife.
There are almost 2 miles of...
There are almost 2 miles of nature trails at the Milford Nature Center. At Milford State Park you will find 3 other hiking trails in the 1,084 acre park north of the dam. The Riverwalk Trail is located on Camp Forsythe at Fort Riley. The Kaw Trail is near the Kansas First Territorial Capitol. The Homers Pond trail is on the west side of Junction City near Eisenhower Drive. There are many places for hiking and BIRDWATCHING around Junction City.
There are hawks in the parking...
There are hawks in the parking lot at the Milford Nature Center. Here you can see up close all those hawks that are on the phone poles and billboards as you drive the highways in my state. The redtailed hawk here is one of the most common ones I see.
Old Trooper is a statue at...
Old Trooper is a statue at Fort Riley. His nickname is 'Old Bill' and the statue marks the grave site of Chief. Chief was the last living cavalry horse. Across the street is the historical Custer House. You can tour the house of the famous general Custer.
Building #207 houses the 1st...
Building #207 houses the 1st Infantry Division Museum. The buildings at Fort Riley are all numbered. You would think you were on an orderly military base or some thing. The Custer House is #24 and the Cavalry museum is #205.
Heritage Park is at the corner...
Heritage Park is at the corner of 6th and Washington. This is the Civil War Memorial Arch that was built over 100 years ago. I parked my car near Heritage park. From there I walked down town and crossed the street. The Visitors Bureau is across the street and the history museum is a few blocks West.
The Geary County History...
The Geary County History Museum is on the corner of 6th and Adams in the old highschool building. There are many fine displays in the building. The 'Main Street' gallery contains examples of early 1900's businesses. The museum is only open from 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. and closed all day on Mondays.
These great signs are on...
These great signs are on street corners down town. The signs tell you the about the history and architecture of the buildings on each block. As you walk down town direct your gaze upward. Look above the glass shop windows full of posters and sale items. Look at the upper floors of the buildings and the care that went in to creating them. Beautiful old buildings with stone work on them are a rare thing now that we build so much out of steel and glass in my country.
Here you can see a fish feeder...
Here you can see a fish feeder at the hatchery and thousands of catfish under it. These fish will be released into rivers and lakes for fishermen to catch. Catfish are good to eat!
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