Stockton Journals

Stockton, Kansas

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A December 2006 trip to Stockton by smallplasticman

Ice Storm Photo, Stockton, Kansas More Photos
Quote: My new home. Far from the Pacific Northwest.

Stockton, Kansas

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Overview

Ice Storm Photo, Stockton, Kansas
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The city of Stockton, Kansas, first settled in 1872 by cattle dealers, who first named it Stocktown, is a small Kansas town located not too far from Lebanon, Kansas, the Geographical Center of the Contiguous United States. The old military supply trail from Fort Kearney, Nebraska, to Fort Hays, Kansas passed through Stockton in its beginning. Stockton was and still is a small town. The 1,400 or so residents are kind and gracious, and can often be seen waving to complete strangers. Most residents don’t feel the need to lock their doors in this town, but that does not mean they are vulnerable. The local firearms dealer sells guns and ammo.Houses are inexpensive here and it is not uncommo...Read More

Jasmine Asian Cafe'

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Restaurant

Jasmine Asian Cafe' Photo, Stockton, Kansas
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The small town of Stockton has often been described as a ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of town, but on April 13th, 2007 Jasmine Asian Café opened, introducing Asian cuisine to the good folks of Stockton and their surrounding neighbors. Before Jasmine’s opening, those who craved Asian food often visited one of the many Chinese buffets or restaurants located forty miles to the south in Hays. Today, Stocktonites can take a short drive to Main Street or call in their to-go order, and within minutes have freshly-prepared food.Jasmine offers many Chinese dishes that locals are familiar with from their travels to Hays: sweet and sour chicken, kung-pao beef, and almond or cashew chicken, along with...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2007

Jasmine Asian Cafe'
411 Main Street
Stockton, Kansas
(785) 425-6636

Duck Blind

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Restaurant | "The Duck Blind"

Duck Blind Photo, Stockton, Kansas
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The Duck Blind, which is really an alcohol establishment, is my second choice in town for great food, Jasmine Asian Café’ being my first. The Duck Blind has a huge menu with food most folks here are familiar with, along with some items not usually seen in Seattle, Washington, like Rocky Mountain Oysters (deep-fried testicles).All the food I have ordered, which is usually to-go because I do not enjoy smelling cigarette smoke while I eat, nor exposing my family to second-hand smoke, has been extraordinary. The kitchen here puts out the best food in town for their fare. From cheeseburgers to nachos, gizzards, livers, testicles, Kansas City Strips, catfish, fries, chicken, or specials, the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 27, 2007

Duck Blind
323 Main St.
Stockton, Kansas 67669
(785) 425-6700

Triple C Café

Restaurant

Front Entrance Photo, Stockton, Kansas
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I had heard of a small place that served large amounts of food and was popular with some of the teenagers here in town. The word is that they serve a huge open-faced chiliburger that’s almost impossible to finish. On a whim I decided to bring my family to this small café just seventeen miles north of Stockton, right off of Highway 183. The Triple C, located in Glade, Kansas is not a five star café. It’s safe to say it is somewhere on the lowest end of that spectrum. Normally, I try to find good things to say about the places I dine at with my family, but this place has left me scratching my head in disbelief.From the rusted sign facing Highway 183, to the hand-written hours of operatio...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 23, 2007

World's Largest Ball of Twine Photo, Cawker City, Kansas
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About an hour away from Stockton, Kansas heading east on Highway 24 is Cawker City, Kansas, home of the world’s largest ball of twine. At over 7,000,000 feet of twine, the huge spectacle serves as a shrine for lovers of balls and/or twine. It began in 1953, when a local farmer started the ball and continued to add to it over time. As rumors of bigger balls emerged the community added its part to the ball and has made a yearly festival of it’s annual Twine-A-Thon. Like Roswell, a small industry has emerged in twine in and around the town of Cawker City. Local artists and merchants have many choices of twine souvenirs and twine paraphernalia. The ‘ball’, because of time and the i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2007

World's Largest Ball of Twine
Cawker City Community Club
Cawker City, Kansas 67430
(785)-781-4713

Rook's County Free Fair

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Attraction

Rook's County Free Fair Photo, Stockton, Kansas
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Once a year, usually the second week of August, the Rook’s County Free Fair begins and changes Stockton, Kansas for several days. This year kicked off with a free hamburger feed on Sunday and ended six days later with a mediocre rock band playing Alice in Chains off key. Between those two events great times, great food, entertainment, and fast cars were there to fill in the void. I was lucky enough to make it there every night of the six day fair.The first two days of the fair, this year, were dedicated to showcasing livestock, 4-H, community involvement, and civic pride. The exhibit rooms for the non-livestock projects are indoors and air-conditioned. It is for this reason I took my time look...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 21, 2007

Rook's County Free Fair
Highway 183
Stockton, Kansas
(785) 425-7189

Main Street

Story/Tip

City Hall Photo, Damar, Kansas
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With a population of 150, Damar, Kansas, is not a huge city. However, what it lacks in size, it makes up within its charm and civic pride. Settled in 1888 by Quebec Frenchmen, Damartians today have undergone, and are still in the process of restoring this small town to a much different time and place. Damar residents are going back to the past to improve the future of their community.Small Midwestern towns sometimes die off, and the residents of this town vow to keep this historic place alive for years to come.Damar is on highway K-18 and is six miles off of US-24. It is a half an hour drive from Stockton, Kansas, and about the same from Hays. So whether you’re looking for...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 3, 2007

Solomon Valley Antique Engine & Machinery Show

Attraction | "Solomon Valley Antique Engine & Machinery Show"

Solomon Valley Antique Engine & Machinery Show Photo, Stockton, Kansas
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The Solomon Valley held its Thirtieth Annual Antique Engine and Machinery Show at the Rooks County Fairgrounds this year on September 15th and 16th, 2007.Although the crowds were not large, people fascinated with old machinery and farm tools could mingle with like-minded folks. Sitting by themselves or in herds, old metal pieces of antique farm equipment seemed to lend themselves to photo opportunities. Incredibly, most of the equipment still works.The truth is, the casual visitor to Stockton only need to drive around the city and its outskirts to see remnants of farming in the past and the present sharing the same field. Old equipment, like trucks and tractors, are still used ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2007

Solomon Valley Antique Engine & Machinery Show

Stockton, Kansas

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Stockton, Kansas