Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Where is...?

Today we are playing catch-up.

We are heading for the hills in
both states. We will do a little
back tracking and begin with R
as in Rock Hill, Mo

Rock Hill's settlement dates back
to 1800 (ish).

It recieved it's name from an old
church that was named by a
Presbyterian minister who came
upon two steep and rocky hills on
the way to the church's founding

The French pioneers lived here
in the early years.

The city has a total area of 1.09
square miles--all of it is land,
with approx 4,636 people
living there.

Rock Hill has seven city parks
for their residents enjoyment.

In the fall, the community
gathers for the Annual Rock
Hill Fall Festival and Parade.
Visitors enjoy good food, a
variety of music and much
more. Fun for the whole

Moving on to another hill
on the Kansas side. This
is  S as in Spring Hill.

Spring Hill is located in
two counties in the state.

Named after a town near
Mobile, Alabama by the
first settler to the town.

In 1990 the population
was 2,191 and in 2010
it went up to 5,437
people living there.

Spring Hill was home to
the first female doctor in
the state, who it was said
was part of  the Under-
ground Railroad.

As with most cities Spring
Hill enjoys their community

During the year they have:
~~The King of the Hill BBQ
~~The Spring Hill Fall Festival
~~Hometown Holidays

The city also has an award
winning golf course. Sycamore

Lots to do and not far from where
we live!

Tomorrow is T. So trot on back
and see where we are headed.

P.S. It is National Jelly Bean Day!
What is your favorite jelly bean?

~Keep on Dreaming~

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies!

The bunnies were on the
Plaza again this year in
their Easter finery.

To celebrate baseball season
some of the bunnies were
dressed in hometown blue.

Go Royals!

This young bunny is ready to
hit the field.

We would like to wish each and
every one of you a blessed and
Happy Easter.

See you Monday when we resume
the challenge with R.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, April 18, 2014

Where is...?

I am being a rebel today! I
am doing today AND
tomorrow's today and doing
my Easter post tomorrow.

Back to regular programming.
Our first stop is P-Pleasant
Hill, Mo.

Before 1865 the whole town
was situated on a hillside-
hence the name Pleasant Hill.
Then it moved to a valley closer
to the trains.

The Historic Downtown is
listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Downtown used to be the best
place to watch the trains.

In and around downtown
visitor's will find many
other historic sites to see.

If you are in town in mid-
July, look for the fair. It is
sponsored by the Chamber
of Commerce.

Home to the Kansas City and
Pleasant Hill National Weather
Service Forcast Office. This
office serves 37 counties in
northern and western Missouri
and seven counties in Kansas.
You will not miss the "golf
ball" shaped radar tower located
on the grounds. The Pleasant Hill
office provides radar services and
supplies images to all local and
regional  TV meteorologists.

Our second stop is Q-
Quinter, Kansas.

Named after the
Reverend James B.

It is located in western
Kansas halfway between
Kansas City and Denver.
Most would say "out
where it is flat."

In the early days it was a
farming community, now
they rely on small industry
and a growing and bustling
Main Street.

Interesting facts:

They have the shortest
highway in the US.
Highway 212

In November 2006, Waldo
McBurney, resident was
named the "Oldest Worker
in America." He was 104!
He was a beekeeper until
shortly before he passed
away in July 2009 at the
age of 106!!
There's hope for all of us.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Where in Kansas is...?

Well, friends here we
are on day 15 of the
challenge. We are past
the midway mark. I truly
hope that you have enjoyed
these posts.

Today is O day. We are back
in Kansas looking for it and
we have found Overland

This city is the next one over
from the city we live in, so we
feel like we live there too.
I work in "OP" and the school
building that I work in is
named Overland Park

It is the 2nd  most populated
city in Kansas and is the
largest suburb in the Kansas
City Metro Area.

Overland Park was founded by
William B Strang Jr. a railroad
magnate in 1905. Mr Strang's
view for the community was
a "park-like", self sustaining
and and well planned areas.
He felt that commerce needed
to be strong as did education,
there needed to be vibrant
places to live, places for
recreation and convenient

Mr. Strang sponsored the first
airplane flight west of the Miss-
issippi in 1909.
My school building is located
just east of Downtown OP and
this is an area that has a history
with flight.

In 1960, the city population was
21,110 and in 2012 it was around
178,919 people running around the

There are three school districts in
"OP." The district I work in has 5
high schools the other two have 4
and 5. Each district has many
elementaries and middle schools.
there is one community college
which is the largest undergrad
institution of higher education in

Visitor's coming to Overland
Park may enjoy:

~~Overland Park Arboretum
and Botanical Gardens. There
are over 300 acres of nature
to walk through here.
~~Deanna Rose Children's
Farmstead. It is a 12 acre
park offering over 200
animals, hayrides, a fishing
pond and much more to do
and see. It is a popular
destination for visitors and
residents alike on a weekend
~~Historic Downtown Overland
Park is where it all began. You
will find a variety of shops, rest-
aurants and on Saturdays in the
spring and then also on
Wednesday's in the summer you
will find a spectacular Farmer's
~~The Nerman Museum-located
on the campus of the community
college. It is a nice size museum
full of great art. They also have a
wonderful cafe.

I/we have been to all of these
places, each has offerings for all
ages. So if you find yourself in
"OP" let me know and we'll make
a day of it.

Tomorrow we are off to find P.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where in Missouri is...?

Good Afternoon!

It is another fiercely
windy day today so
hold on tight because
we are headed south
for N. As you can see
we are off to Noel,

The map shows us that
Noel is located in the
south-western part of
the state, it is on the
Missouri and Arkansas
border along the Elk

Noel is a small town, the
census in 2012 showed
that the population was

It was named after two
stockmen and owners of
a sawmill. CW and WJ Noel.

Each year tens of thousands
of Christmas cards and letters
are sent to the Noel post office
to be stamped "Noel, Mo 'The
Christmas city in the Ozark
Vacation Land.' "

Visitors to Noel will find plenty
of camping and canoeing also.

It is a short drive to Branson
and Eureka Springs in Arkansas
from Noel.

Back to Kansas we go to find
O tomorrow.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Where in Kansas is...?

Over the border we go back
to Kansas. We are on the hunt
for M. Down the road we will
go to "The Little Apple" or
Manhattan, Kansas.

Located in the northwestern
part of the state at the junction
of the Kansas and Big Blue Rivers
in the Flint Hills region. The Flint
Hills are continious rolling hills
with tall grass. Visitors will find
the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

The city was founded by the New
England Emigrant Aid Company.

Best known as the home to
Kansas State University.

One of the things Kansas
is known for is tornados.
Manhattan lies in "Torndao
Alley." The last tornado was
in 2008. Lots of damage,
especially to K-State but no
loss of life.

On a personal note. If you ever
have the oppotunity to visit the
Flint Hills DO IT! It is a beautiful
and peaceful area. We went to the
hills on a summer day several years
ago to hear the Kansas City Symphony
play. What an awewome experience!

Tomorrow will be N in Missouri.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Monday, April 14, 2014

Where in Missouri is...?

We are staying in Missouri and
going down the roadway a piece
for L as in Lexington. It is
located in the western part of the
state on the bluffs of the Missouri
River. Lexington is about 40 miles
from Kansas City going east.

The Battle of Lexington State
Historic Site is located here.
It was established in 1958 to
preserve the site of the American
Civil War battle. The battle was
between the Confederate Troops
and the Federal Troops in 1861.
During the first battle a cannon-
ball got lodged in a pillar of the
courthouse. Visitor's can see it
today. There was a second battle
later in 1864. As always for more
historic battle information check
out Google.

Lexington is also home to the
Wentworth Military Academy
and College.
This is a four year college prep
high school and junior college.
It is the oldest military school
school west of the Mississippi
The campus is on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Founded in 1880 by Stephen
Wentworth after the battle of
Lexington took place.
Seeing that there were several
girl and young women's schools
in the area but none for boys
or young men he started
Wentworth. It was a memorial
to his late son.
Moving many years ahead,
with enrollment struggling
1993 saw the first women
cadets on campus. Today
they make up about 25%
of the corps.
Wentworth offers many
programs and activities
for their students. Grads
are not obligated to
military service though.

Lexington offers many
things to see and do.

Antique stores
A variety of dining
Gift stores
Bed and Breakfast Accomm-

If you are in the are stop in,
I'll bet you will find something
that will pique your interest.

Tomorrow is M.

~Keep on Dreaming~

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  • Encore-Shawnee, Ks
  • Garage/Yard Sales
  • Mission Road Antique Mall-Leawood, Ks

Goodies to Treasure

  • Children's Tea Sets
  • Snowmen
  • Vintage Linens

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