Manhattan Journals

Skirting Manhattan -- Kansas, That Is

A travel journal to Manhattan by Casual Tourist

Pillsbury Crossing Photo, Manhattan, Kansas More Photos
Quote: Manhattan Kansas - set in the beautiful flint hills, has many hidden treasures around the outskirts. Here are some we like to visit.

Skirting Manhattan -- Kansas, That Is

Overview

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Pottery in a barn -- what a pleasant surprise to find such fine workmanship in such an out-of-the-way spot. Pillsbury Crossing was a great place to visit as well as some surprise historic sights along the way.

Quick Tips:

Get a good map of Kansas showing the rural roads. You can find these atlases at Wal-mart and similar stores. Almost every back road in Kansas can be found in these atlases.

Best Way To Get Around:

Some sort of motor vehicle is necessary.

Chris Barr's Cabin

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Attraction

Chris Barr's Cabin Photo, Manhattan, Kansas
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Now this little cabin was really a surprise. I hadn't seen it marked on any of the tourist information, but there it was on the road to Pillsbury Crossing. I suppose people would say that it's not much of a tourist attraction as the interior of the cabin is not open for viewing. What was so extremely unique about this cabin, which must have originally been built in the 1850's or so, was that it was then incorporated intact into a larger house. When the house was finally torn down years later, there stood this little pioneer's cabin.

The cabin is in good repair and is well marked.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2001

Chris Barr's Cabin
Riley Country Road 911
Manhattan, Kansas

Deep Creek School

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Attraction

Deep Creek School Photo, Manhattan, Kansas
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Here was another interesting little surprise outside of Manhattan. McDowell Creek Rd just looked like a good place to get off the interstate and do some exploring and it proved to be a good choice of roads for finding bits of history. Not too far off the interstate we came to Deep Creek School. It is a sandstone building in excellent condition. Outside the school stood two large signs indicating the history of the location. This structure was the third school built in the area and it was constructed so well that it is still used by the residents as a community building. The amount of sandstone blocks that were dressed by early settlers and used in their buildings never ceases to amaze me. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2001

Deep Creek School
Lower McDowell Creek Road
Manhattan, Kansas

Wildcat Village Pottery

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Attraction

Wildcat Village Pottery Photo, Manhattan, Kansas
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As we continued our trek down Lower McDowell Creek Road we passed a sign that said Wildcat Village Pottery. Yes, I said passed the sign. From the road we saw what appeared to be an ordinary farmhouse and barn, but the sign intrigued us and so we turned around and went back to discover what this place was. Pulling into the yard parking area we saw a sign beside the large sandstone barn that simply said pottery and pointed toward a side door in the barn. I went ahead and followed the sign's arrow to discover a marvelous pottery shop inside this old barn. There were potters working on potter's wheels on one side of the barn and on the other were shelves of wonderful creative pottery pieces. There w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2001

Wildcat Village Pottery
329 Lower McDowell Creek Road
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
(785) 539-0187

Saint Joseph's Church

Attraction | "St Joseph's Church"

Saint Joseph's Church Photo, Manhattan, Kansas
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Just down the road from Wildcat Village Pottery stands another sandstone building, this one a church. Though the building seems to be in good repair, it was obvious that the church is no longer in use. It seemed sad to me that the interior of the church was not preserved and open to the public, but this is a rather out-of-the-way spot, so maybe no one thinks that the church is worth preserving. Alongside the church is a cemetery, so for those of you who enjoy going through old cemeteries you may want to add this to your list of places to visit.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2001

Saint Joseph's Church
Lower McDowell Creek Road
Manhattan, Kansas

Pillsbury Crossing

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Attraction

Pillsbury Crossing Photo, Manhattan, Kansas
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Pillsbury Crossing has been in use for about as long as settlers have been traversing the area. Most likely Native Americans used it prior to the coming of the settlers. The crossing is over Deep Creek at a point where the water runs over a very solid and flat limestone ledge. The first time we visited the crossing there were people standing in the water on the ledge fishing. There were about two inches of water flowing across the road when we crossed that day. Quite an adventure -- but be advised not to cross when the water is high. One noteable feature was that the water was almost an olive green color. It was clean water and the color must come from the composition of the creek bed. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2001

Pillsbury Crossing
Riley County Road 911
Manhattan, Kansas