Drop on by 36 Alleys for evening entertainment! Mention the Big Kansas Road Trip and receive Buy One Get One Shoe Rentals and Games! Snack bar and domestic beer bottles. Thursday-Saturday 3-10pm, Sunday 7-10pm.
Drop on by 36 Alleys for evening entertainment! Mention the Big Kansas Road Trip and receive Buy One Get One Shoe Rentals and Games! Snack bar and domestic beer bottles. Thursday-Saturday 3-10pm, Sunday 7-10pm.
Get a taste of Doniphan County rural culture by observing a variety of agriculture-related activities like 4-H demonstrations, agricultural exhibits, and dog obedience. Find the fun photo opportunities and 4-H concession stand. Check out the 4-H pond--folks are welcome to bring their canoes or kayaks to paddle around, and fishing is allowed with a license. Please call 785-985-3623 for details about times and activities.
Tour this privately owned residence listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home was built in 1912 for wealthy merchant A.L. Wynkoop. The style is based on the popular Prairie School and Craftsman architecture from that era. Learn more about the history of the home and its inhabitants over the last 108 years from current owners, Michael & Marie Lamb who spent over 10 years restoring the A.L. Wynkoop home to it’s original glory. During the Historical House Tour, visitors will be able to purchase items from "The Quilted Heart" - a locally owned small business showcasing handmade Fabric Cosmetic Bags, Quilts and Gifts. Kansas specific designs will be available. Discounts applied on all items during the A.L. Wynkoop Historical Tour. Friday and Saturday tours: 11am-12pm and 2-3pm; Sunday 1-2pm
In 1859 Abraham Lincoln was in Doniphan County, Kansas Territory where he gave three talks. Each day, Lincoln guide Larry Faulkner will be at these locations to answer questions: 10am - site of the Great Western Hotel in Elwood, (NE corner of N. 12th St. and Pacific St.); 12pm - site of McClellend's Tavern in Blair (NW corner of 190th Rd. and Port William Rd.); 2pm - Nelson-Rogers Home in Troy (NW corner of E. Walnut St. and N. Liberty St.),; 4pm - The Doniphan House in Doniphan (NW corner of Mineral Point Rd. and Monument Rd.).
Abram M. Minier, a grandson of John Bayless, a founder of Highland, commissioned the construction of this Craftsman bungalow in 1916. It was built from a house plan by Gustav Stickley first published in the November 1909 issue of "The Craftsman" and later published as Cottage No. 78 in Stickley's 1912 catalogue "More Craftsman Homes." The home contains all the signature Stickley designs including wood shingle siding, exposed rafter tails, a full-width front porch, heavy structural beams, built-in bookcases and seating, and Mission-style hardware. Stop by the house Friday-Saturday from 9-11am or 2-4pm to tour and learn more from the owners about the historical significance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This brick-over-stone cellar was begun around 1875 by Adam Brenner as a wine production facility for a broad variety of wines and brandies produced from grapers grown on his near 200 acre vineyard. Part of the Brenner VIneyards HIstoric District, it is one of two cellars under restoration. Tour the cellar and learn the fascinating history on Friday 10am-2pm. Directions: From Mineral Road in Doniphan, 400-feet west on 95th to Lone Star. Park here and walk 1/4 mile south.
Motorcycles cruise in and show off your ride! Join us at this come and go event on Saturday. Enjoy a cool one in the beer garden, order a ribeye sandwich made by the Sons of the American Legion and enter a raffle for prizes.
Stan G Keim, local trucking company owner, invites the public to view his truck collection and transportation memorabilia display. Inside, find lobby displays of transportation theme artifacts and at the Long Haul Truck Wash lot you'll see a 2016 KW ICON, 25th Silver Anniversary Edition, a #1 build in the series, a 1952 KW Bullnose KCC-523C, 1973 KW K-123, a 1958 International RD-405, a 1965 White 4464TDL and 1968 Antique International fire truck. Lobby hours Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm and Saturday 7am-12pm.
The First Baptist Church Youth Group are excited about welcoming you to their community and invite you to their fundraising dinner to help them raise money for church camp. They'll be serving up pulled pork nachos, a pulled pork dinner and yummy desserts
If you get into town early on Thursday afternoon, put on a ball cap and join the locals to cheer on the team at a Sabetha High School Baseball double header against Hiawatha. Concession stand will be open. Games start at 4:30pm.
See displays and demonstrations of blacksmithing and muzzle loading at the Blacksmith Shop and encampment located nearby on the grounds of the Brown County Ag Museum.
Join the locals who come down to the Centralia Library each morning to visit, drink coffee and enjoy some snacks. This is your chance to really get to know fellow Kansans in a local setting and learn more about what we have in common.
Listen to community jazz band concert on the courthouse steps. Bibber BBQ food truck will be set up on the square from 6pm-8pm. Bring a chair or blankets. Bibber BBQ website: https://www.thebibber.com
Stop in and chat with congregation members about local history and the Denton United Methodist Church that dates back to 1869. Bathrooms and water available. You're welcome to attend the 9am Sunday service, too!
Find out why there are narrow gauge railway cars sitting alongside Highway 7. Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm. Photo courtesy Jason Midyette.
Double G & L Farms, LLC is a family farm with a calving-to-finish beef cattle operation. Other animals you'll see are sheep, goats, pigs, milk cows, miniature horses, chickens, ducks, bunnies, dogs, cats, a miniature donkey, and a llama! Their education, hands-on tour might involve bottle feeding lambs, kids, and calves. You might even get to see them milking cows during the evening tour. There will be farm fresh sweet rolls, pies, desserts, and more for sale too! Farm tours last about an hour and begin at 9:30 am, 1:30 pm; and 6:30 pm. Restrooms available.
Join the 5th and 6th Grade Nemaha Central Drum Line for a special performance at the Seneca Free Library Music Garden!
Ernie Dittemore, 1915-1995, was a smart, friendly fellow who loved aviation. After his house burned down, he made the unconventional choice to live for many years in a hole he dug in the ground on his farm near Troy. His friends and neighbors accepted Ernie just as he was and treated him as a valued member of the community. Attend a free, 30 minute program about this colorful fellow who is something of a Doniphan County legend. Cindy Hoverson, local historian and storyteller, will present the program. Ernie's favorite snacks will be available. Post cards of Ernie Dittemore will be offered for sale at the library with all profits going toward a local scholarship. Ernie Dittemore Program: Saturday, May 9 from 10-10:30 a.m. at the Troy Library. Ernie Dittemore Exhibit at the Troy Library: Thursday, 9am-7pm; Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday, 9am-3pm.
ARC Wild invites you to a special meet and greet with our animal ambassadors and educators. Find out how soft a porcupine can be, make a native seed ball and learn what to do when you find baby bunnies. A variety of nature inspired activities will be planned. Free will donations will be accepted. ARC Wild provides wildlife education to youth in northeast Kansas through up close and personal experience. This is a come and go event and programs last 15-20 minutes. (ARC stands for Animal Rescue and Conservation. Several members of this organization are also licensed wildlife rehabilitators with Northeast Kansas Wildlife Rescue group in Topeka. The team of volunteer educators include retired teachers, biologists, zoo docents, vet techs, and horticulturists and grandparents with a passion for getting kids back to nature.
Be very quiet, you’re hunting gnomies! Come by the Seneca Free Library, and pick up your gnome hunting map! Gnomes are hidden throughout Seneca's businesses and attractions. Find the gnome at each location and receive a stamp or signature! Visit the specified number of locations and bring your map back to the library (or put it through the drop box) to be entered to win several great prizes! Need not be present to win, we will mail it to you! The map will also be available online closer to the BKRT! Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm
Join Lisa Thompson at a come and go "meet and greet" with her special needs goats. Lisa runs Ruby Slipper Goat Rescue, a non-profit helping goats in need of care. Stop by to visit the goats, take pictures and have a snack.
The two arboretums located at Grimm's Gardens are available to tour by appointment. Call Doug Grimm to set up a personal guided tour or if you prefer, you can just take a pleasant walk along the walking path. If you are a Geocache fan, then a trip to the arboretum is a must. Tours are 30 minutes to one hour. Call Doug at 785.459.2586 or email Doug@grimmsgardens.com. The tour is free.
This historic rural church was torn down in 2016, but the locals are eager to share the importance this church had to their town. A replica of the church, built by a college student for her mother who grew up in the church, will be on display, along with some of the original pews, photos and other information. They will be set up on the former church location on 1st Street. Photo courtesy Kansas Historical Society.
Visit the second largest hand-dug well in the state in Seneca's city park. Dug in 1895, the well is 34-feet wide and 65-feet deep. It's a visible reminder of the town's original water system. Twenty-minute tours will be given. Please check in at the Historic Jail & Sheriff's Residence (113 N. 6th) for Thusday-Friday tours. On Saturday you may begin directly at the Hand-Dug Well. Tours 10am-4pm all three days.
Take a tour of the Precision Agriculture Program! Precision Agriculture is a study of the basic principles of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Position System (GPS). Tours last 30-45 minutes. Thursday and Friday, 10am and 2pm.
Tour Highland Community College Western Center tech school in Baileyville. Programs range from industrial welding to diesel technology and last 30-45 minutes.
View Hewins Sawmill and ask family historian, Marty Hewins, about this fascinating business that harvests logs from northeastern Kansas and shipped worldwide. It's located in the Historical Apple Barn (from the era of the Wathena Apple Growers Association). Tours last 30 minutes and are held from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm.
Hiawatha, CIty of Beautiful Maples. Doug Grimm of Grimm's Gardens had an aspiration to find the best trees in Hiawatha and introduce a reliable, strong colorful fall tree. After polling the community during fall and watching a few trees properties for a few years, Doug propagated and introduced the 'Oregon Trail' Hiawatha Maple. This event is hosted under the mother tree of Doug's Introduction. He will recount the steps to the trees introduction and also talk on another of his passions - Champion trees in Kansas.
This church has the earliest formed Presbyterian congregation in the state, dating to 1843. The founders of the church also founded the Indian Mission, the town of Highland and Highland College. After the 1888 church burned down, the new church, constructed around 1914, was designed with a flat roof and without a steeple which was highly unusual for that time period and location in a rural community. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Self-guided tours are available Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Along with beautiful stained glass windows, see the "history wall" and a letter signed by President Franklin Roosevelt. The public is invited to attend church at 10:15 am on Sunday, May 10th.
See the 1922 Stutz fire engine, restored to pristine condition. Other early-1900s fire department artifacts are also displayed. Open Saturday, May 9 10am - 4pm. Other times by appointment by calling 785.336.1313. Tours last about 30 minutes.
Stop by the Troy Library to pick up a map of homes and buildings highlighted on this tour, along with brief descriptions of each one. The tour is a self-guided, driving or walking tour where visitors can view the homes from the outside, but will not enter any homes. The Seekers of Light and Knowledge (SLK), a women's literary and service organization, is sponsoring the tour and will have homemade treats for sale at the library and also selling a selection of post cards with photos of local subjects of interest including Ernie Dittemore, county courthouse, Tall Oak Indian monument, Pony Express monument, and more. All proceeds from the sale go toward a scholarship the SLK sponsors for local students. Maps are available at the library on Thursday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-3pm.
If you love barns, join other barn enthusiasts on Friday in Troy at the Doniphan County Courthouse at 1:30. Meet in the courtroom to learn about a barn repair training workshop that took place at the Bohr-Staudenmaier Barn near Troy. Tom Kennedy, The Barn Reclaimer, will be on hand to answer questions. Afterwards, folks will car pool to the Bohr-Staudenmaier Barn to see the progress on the 1879 Byre & Bluff barn. Barn-themed treats and beverages will be served. Allow 2 hours for this event.
Come enjoy the Main Street Music Garden - open during daylight hours. Some instruments include music so you can play a tune. In honor of the Big Kansas Road Trip we've added "Home on the Range" to the list of tunes!
Featured artist is local photographer Harland J. Schuster who is well known across the state for his photography skills. His work has appeared in the magazines Kansas!, Travel Kansas and Nebraska Life, as well as in the popular “8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook” and “My Kansas”. He is represented by the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas and by the Southwind Gallery in Topeka.. Also on display will be the works of other area artists, including the oil paintings of Ann Grove. The show will be held in the new community center, which was erected through countless hours of volunteer labor, as part of a Kan-Step project.
Lean back and enjoy a concert featuring piano, violin and soprano of classical to original works by classically trained musicians. Original compositions, special arrangements, and favorites from classical composers, Broadway, popular artists, and more. Featuring local musicians Shane Spangler, Kenya Patzer and Sarah Kleopfer.
These gal pals love to get together and craft handmade items to sell. You'll find Christmas decor, purses, personal accessories and other types of sewing and craft items. Stop by got see their wares and visit a bit.
If you arrive in Seneca early feel free to check out either the Nemaha Central Lady Thunder in action at their softball game or watch the guys play baseball, both at Pearson Field.
Come tour Nemaha County's Recycling Center! Drop in tours available. Thursday-Friday 8:30am-4pm, Saturday 8:30am-12pm.
Are you an owner of a Dodge Challenger or a Dodge Charger? You are invited to bring your car to display for the public to admire.
The Gateway Chapter Oregon California Trail Association will give tours of overland trails in the county. Starting point is the top of the hour Thurs.-Sun. from 10am-3pm from E. Walnut and N. Liberty in Troy. Some transportation will be provided, along with a guide.
Take an hour to design and paint a 12” quilt block choosing between several options. Cost $20. Then take a selfie with your creation with the hashtag #bkrt20 and share with your fellow BKRT travelers. It all takes place at The Market Greenhouse, a multi vendor shop, that hosts crafting parties, offers custom stencils and furniture refurb and sales. Greenhouse open April-June.
Do you "flip" over pancakes? Head over to the community center for a pancake feed sponsored by the Robinson Lions Club. Proceeds benefit the 2020 fireworks display. Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Robinson Lions Club
Join us for a picnic in Corning's City Park! Also in the park is the Corning Museum located in the former high school, a WPA building. Picnic at noon! Donation.
Get to know the city of Highland by visiting with the locals and enjoying the Pie on the Porch event! There will be fruit, cream, seasonal and local favorites available to enjoy on a shaded porch of a cute Highland home. There's lots of room and pie so stop by on your way to other events or relax and stay awhile. Start at Lanna French's home at 201 S. Prairie. There will also be brownies and cookies for children. Friday-Saturday 9-11am and 1-4pm each day or while the pie lasts!
Try your putting skills at this beautiful private course. The 5990 yard 9-hole course provides various challenges when playing both the white and the blue tees. The bluegrass fairways and bentgrass greens are lined with decades-old cottonwood, maple, sycamore, and native cedar trees. No pre-registration needed and no admission fee on day of contest.
Stop in any Rainbow office in the BKRT region to take a selfie with personalized window murals made for each town! The other location in Brown County is 628 Oregon St., Hiawatha.
Stop by all the Rainbow offices in the Big Kansas Road Trip region to take your selfie with personalized window murals for each of the towns made special for the BKRT! Other locations are in Brown County at Everest, 608 Main and Hiawatha, 628 Oregon St.
At the Horton Senior Center, the “Sacks to Mats” group will demonstrate how they transform ordinary shopping bags into mats for the homeless. Enjoy coffee and cookies as you also peruse projects of The Knitting and Crochet Group. Thursday-Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 1-4pm.
Don't miss seeing a 130 year old sawmill in operation at the historic Albany Historical Museum. Several volunteers will be on hand to explain the process and answer questions. Starting from Main St. in Sabetha, go 2 1/4 miles north on 6th (becomes X4).
Schenck Process designs and builds food grade pneumatic systems. Food grade equipment that moves bulk dry products like Duncan Hines and Star Bucks Their sayings is......"if you ate breakfast today then you probably had something in the life cycle that went through Schenck Process equipment." Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with number attending.
The Seneca United Methodist Church or the "church on Main Street" as it sometimes called, welcomes you to come learn their history! Tours last 30 minutes. The Church's front door is open 24/7. Sunday Worship Gathering 11am.
The Historic Walking Tour takes you back to Seneca's early days. Maps available at the Seneca Free Library. Go on your own or on a guided tour given at 2pm and last approximately 30 minutes. Gather at the library and the tour will take you up and down Seneca's Main Street and end at the Nemaha County Historical Society.
Come for a Sloppy Joe Lunch sponsored by the Robinson Community Building Association on either Thursday or Friday and help the community raise funds for their 2020 fireworks display. Lunch includes chips and a drink. Held at the Robinson Community Building.
Enjoy Smore's and lemonade with Centralia Cub Scout Pack 136 at the Centralia Lake Shelter House and watch the sun set over the beautiful lake. Bring your chairs and blankets! From 2nd Street and K-9 in Centralia, go 2 miles south on G Road/Highway 187 and 1 mile west on 72nd Road.
Join us at Spanky's Bar & Grill for a Cornhole Tournament on Saturday beginning at 9:30pm! No entry fee, prizes. Come for supper and drink specials!
Nestled in the rolling hills of rural Doniphan County just southwest of Bendena, the current church, the third erected on this property, has a history dating to 1856 and has ties to the first Benedictine monastery in the New World. The first church was built in 1859; the second was erected in 1859, but a tornado destroyed it May 25, 1903. Seven month later, the first Mass in the current church was celebrated. Listed on the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places, the church is known for its beautiful stained-glass windows and three altars. Church and Hall open for viewing. Water available for a free will donation. Visitors are welcome to attend Sunday Mass at 8am. Photo courtesy Esther Gormley.
St. John's Lutheran Church has had a presence in the community since the 1860s and continues to worship today in a historic building that was completed in 1913. The building and grounds will be open to visitors on May 8-9 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Photo courtesy St. John's Lutheran Church. Photo courtesy Emily McQuillan.
Tours of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church lasting about 30 minutes. Mass times: Thu 7am; Fri 8am (school mass), Sat 5pm, Sun 7am, 9am, 11am
If you arrive early on Thursday, join the residents at the local nursing home for a cup of coffee and snacks. Locals regularly join the residents here on Thursday mornings for coffee and your visit will make their day.
Be spiritually inspired by touring the St. Joseph Catholic Church, built in 1914, and located on the picturesque bluffs of the Missouri River. See our beautiful stained glass windows, statues, and 6' illuminated cross on the steeple.Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-5pm. Join local parishioners for Holy Mass on Saturday at 5pm.
Due to Covid-19 and the state-wide closer of school buildings, this event has been cancelled. Troy Booster Club will be giving tours of the Grade School (230 Poplar Street) and High School Gyms (319 South Park Street). Visitors will be able to view the vintage gyms with their hardwood floors and vintage scorekeeping equipment. The Booster Club will be selling homemade baked items at the high school during the tour. Support the Troy Trojans! Photo from "Hallowed Hardwood, Vintage Basketball Gyms of Kansas", courtesy of author, Brian D. Stucky.
Stop at the 1936 Legion Hall to see pictures of past veterans and articles about the restoration of the Civil War Monument at the nearby Bellemont Cemetery. Cookies, cinnamon rolls, coffee and water will be served. Photo courtesy Debbie Sigrist.
Stop in the Wenger Conference Center for an overview of how this small rural company leads the world in the manufacture of extrusion processing systems used in the production of food and feed. Come and go throughout regular business hours with hosts available to answer questions. A 30 minute factor tour available on Thursday and Friday at 2:30. No reservation required. Limit 40 people.
Don Werner makes and restores horse-drawn vehicles and is reputed to be one of the best in this field in the Midwest. Don is one of about six non-Amish craftsmen in the United States who works full time as a wainwright and wheelwright, and his wagons, buggies, carriages, and other conveyances are beautiful works of art. Tours lasting approximately 30 minutes are offered Thursday-Friday 1-5pm, Saturday 10am and 2pm, Sunday 1-3pm. (Located just east of Mission Lake.)
The 1872 two-story, Italianate building was designed by Kansas architect Erasmus T. carr. Today it houses the Ma-Hush-Kah Museum. "Mah-Hush-Kah is a phonetic spelling of the name of Mahaska II, "White Cloud" (ca. 1810-1851), the chief of the Iowa Tribe for many years." Open for self-guided tours from 10am – 4pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8am-9pm; 4-H snack stand May 7-9, free will donation. 4-H music program Thursday, 7pm; Gospel piano music on Friday and Saturday, 7pm. Sunday service at 10am.