Friday, May 29, 2009

Attention, Kansas Explorers! - Quiz #1 on Osborne County

This past year the Kansas Explorers Club has been flirting with the 5,000-member mark. That's a lot of people out there, prowling back roads and being fascinated with the quirkiest things you can simply cannot imagine that the Sunflower State has to show everyone.

So Captain 8 (Kansas Explorer #8) is throwing the gauntlet down. You call yourself an Explorer? The following are a few photos from Osborne County, Kansas. See if you can identify them; you have until June 15th to do so. If you can, I'll treat you to a mess o' Chili Cheese Fries down at Daddy O's in Osborne. But if you can't . . . well, you'll know that there is always more to come back to Osborne County and Explore!

Currently being under renovation, this town's Heritage Seekers plan to have this building open soon as a community museum. What town are we talking about?

This group of octogenarians waited their entire lives to stand at last on this unique point located on a high lonesome hill in southeast Osborne County. What point is this?

Wander around the oldest building in this unicorporated village and you will find Explorer gems like this carving, now 130 years old. What village are we talking about?

And no, my math is not faulty; the carving was actually done in 1879, and the 1873 date refers to the formation of District No. 10. An Explorer Tidbit!

People love to gather at this community's newest food & drink establishment. Be sure to try the Four Berry Smoothie the next time you stop by! What place and town are we talking about?

Osborne County is the Homestead Literature Capital of Kansas, this site being one of the reasons why. Freshly mowed and awaiting the adventurous Explorer, this shelter, picnic table and stone monument are the starting & ending point for a tour of the sites made famous in what great Kansas book?

And Finally - An original copy of the March 1872 Volume I, Issue 2 of the Arlington Express, the oldest known Osborne County newspaper in existence, can be found hanging in this architectural gem that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. What great Osborne County building are we talking about?

There you have it. Good luck, and may The Explorer Wind be forever at your back!

ANSWERS: (1) Natoma; (2) Geodetic Center of North America; (3) Bloomington; (4) The Gathering Grounds in Downs; (5) Sod-House Days by Howard Ruede; and (6) the Osborne County Courthouse.