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by Casual Tourist
April 11, 2001
Ft. Harker was established in 1867 to serve as a supply depot and a hospital. One of the items in the guard house is an old horse drawn ambulance. I can't imagine having to ride in such a contraption after receiving a battle wound.
The elderly woman who manned the front desk at the museum told us some very interesting stories about how artifacts are dug up by the townspeople in their yards.
From journal Kanopolis is Calling You
#3 is the Gile Family Cemetery. Again, history is the only reason for mentioning this location. The cemetery is on private property and so not accessible to the public. William S. and Adaline P. Gile are buried in the cemetery. They settled the area in 1872. What was interesting in this area was the pasture of grazing buffalo. It's always awe inspiring to me to see these great lumbering beasts here on the prairie where they belong.
#4 is the site where the Venango Post Office once stood. It is now a swimming area and there is no sign of the original post office.
#5 stop on the Legacy Trail is within the confines of what is now Venango Park. The historic connection is that one of the largest ranches in Kansas was begun here on what was known as the Riverside Division.
The only good reason I could find for visiting these sites was to get a feel for the countryside, which is eerily beautiful. As there are no physical remains of these historic spots it seemed rather silly and a bit disappointing to visit them. The Legacy Trail was someone's good idea, but these particular stops on the route are just as well read about as visited.
March 28, 2001
The cost of going through the complex was only $2.00 per person. There were several buildings with artifacts to go view. There is the 1878 Hodgden House, the 1880's livery stable, an 1880's one-room school, an old wooden windmill, a church and a tin building housing a general store and farm equipment. Some of the things I found really interesting were an old Medicine Show wagon, an iron lung machine and a very old and cumbersome typesetting machine.
February 24, 2001
When we first went to look for this park we thought we must have taken a wrong road somewhere. It is well off the beaten path on a gravel-paved road about an hour west of Salina. But there it was on the map, and much to our surprise, there it was in actuality sitting amidst pasture land. The park stretches out to the north and south from both sides of the road. There are a couple of picnic tables nearby and a water pump. It's a rather primitive park in a rather primitive place, but we found it fascinating and worth the trip.