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A Few More Photo’s from Kansas City Visit

DSC05354So lucky to get to know my cousin and see how she lives in the Kansas City area.

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So much of the westward movement as a result of the Louisiana Purchase.

The cousins go orange!

The cousins go orange!

Louisiana Purchase explorers including Sakajewia

Louisiana Purchase explorers including Sakajewia

Steamboat Arabia on of hundreds that sunk on the Mississippi River

Steamboat Arabia on of hundreds that sunk on the Mississippi River

The museum dedicated to the recovery of the sunken steamboat Arabia from a farm away from the current Mississippi River’s path was one of the best stories we have seen.  Back in the 80’s friends and families decided to find it and raise it not knowing that everything on the ship-as much sellable pieces of everything as a “Walmarts Store” was intact and would be salvaged and cleaned into useable items that we could wear, eat off, or build with today.  If this story raises your interest go to the museum’s lovely website and see the really good photos and the story-of modern day adventurers. http://www.1856.com

The Stern and rudder of the Arabia

The Stern and rudder of the Arabia

The boots are so beautiful I would love to wear them

The boots are so beautiful I would love to wear them

I would love a pair of the earrings

I would love a pair of the earrings

Imagine all this buried in the mud on a farm

Imagine all this buried in the mud on a farm

One of the guides and also restorer of objects from the riverboat

One of the guides and also restorer of objects from the riverboat

keggs of nails as they look after being dug up-then cleaned and perfectly usable today.

keggs of nails as they look after being dug up-then cleaned and perfectly usable today.

Four of us being silly.

Four of us being silly.

Actual menu off the steam boat

Actual menu off the steam boat

check the prices

check the prices

The floating snag in the Mississippi that sunk the boat in minutes.

The floating snag in the Mississippi that sunk the boat in minutes.

True adventurer-in the pit, finds this felt hat.

True adventurer-in the pit, finds this felt hat.

Russ and Kal

Russ and Kal

Flea Market Killer

Flea Market Killer

Westlake Killer was big news and I remember the horror of the story of the pediphile who tortured young boys from off the streets.  This wagon sits in the Westlake district, which is actually a cool area, but people recognize it because of the weirdo.

My great great Greenawalt Aunt and Uncle's home.

My great great Greenawalt Aunt and Uncle’s home.

In our family we know a bit of the story that my Grandad Greenawalt was kicked out of his home in his 6th grade year, hooked rides to Kansas City and found this Aunt and Uncle and asked if he could pay for a room in their house.  When I was a child I met Abe and Versa once, lovely people, and they said Grandad paid for himself from that age on.

Oldest building in Kansas city.

Oldest building in Kansas city.

Exhausted in Louisville Kentucky (Russ eats the best beef ever-Hardrock Cafe’s World famous Hambuger)

Well, the drive from Monticello to Louisville, Kentucky was over 8 hours over the Appalachians-up hill and down hill-and then as we often do trying to find the campground we missed a direction and had to bicker our way to a little old KOA, which was across the river from Kentucky in Indiana.  Tight spaces right next to the railroad tracks, but only minutes to historical downtown Louisville.

We did go into downtown to explore the very next day.  We tend to just drive around the historic areas and get a feel for it. We knew that people go to Makers Mark for tours and tasting.  We learned that Louisville Slugger has a great tour and you see how they make the bats. Then we heard that the Mohamid Ali museum is incredible.  4th Street has several closed off blocks where music is played and we were hungry so we stopped and ate at the Hard Rock.  Russ had heard the beef is extraordinary so he asked the waiter and they had a blue cheese hamburger that was crazy.  Well he had it and was uncomfortably full all day long.  I had two bites and have got to say it was one of the best burgers I have ever tasted.  Then I went back to my Portabello burger and ate my greens and was very comfortable!

Walking back to the car, we had a real treat!!  Two gentlemen valets at the Seelback Hilton saw me taking photos of the wonderful building and said, “Do you know about us?”  They handed over a 4 page history story and said, “Come in and look around”

It was spectacular.  I have never seen marble so beautiful.  Some of it is from Italy, Vermont and Switzerland.  F. Scott Fitgerald used it for the hotel in the “Great Gatsby” where Tom and Daisy were married.  The Rathskeller is pure art.  It is all ceramic tiles from a famous Rookwood Pottery.  The hotel has been bought and renovated thru the years and has historic murals all around the lobby.  We spent an hour and made ourselves at home. Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, JFK, Jimmy Carter and other presidents have stayed there.  One of our many surprise treats we fall into as we travel.

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AM IN FRONT ROYAL TODAY WORKING ON BLOGS. AS USUAL MET SOME GREAT PEOPLE

A few days ago, we drove up 340 thru Front Royal and then went sight seeing in other areas too.  Today I needed a Starbucks to blog as I could not get fast enough internet to upload the photos.  It was a beautiful drive again up here through the farms, forests and on curvy roads going up and down over the rolling valley.  So I Googled Front Royal and here is the possible reason for the name.

The entire Shenandoah Valley including the area to become Front Royal was annexed and claimed for hunting by the Iroquois Confederation during the later Beaver Wars, by 1672. Some bands of the Shawnee settled in the area as client groups to the Iroquois and alternately to the Cherokee after 1721. The Iroquois formally sold their entire claim east of the Alleghenies to theVirginia Colony at the Treaty of Lancaster in 1744.[6] Front Royal, originally settled in 1754 under the name LeHewtown, had been known to European explorers as early as the 1670s, and the nearby settlement of Chester’s Ferry was in existence by 1736. The town also had a well-known nickname by the 1790s, “Helltown,” due to the many livestock wranglers and boatmen on the Shenandoah coming through the area, who came into town looking for alcohol. It was incorporated as “Front Royal” in 1788.

The origin of the name “Front Royal” remains uncertain. One version holds that, in early decades of European settlement, the area was referred to in French as “le front royal,” meaning the British frontier.

At any rate Russ and I loved this Historical downtown and then moved on t0 see Belle Grove Plantation just south of Middletown.  It is a 1797 plantation.  Major Hite married President James Madison’s sister Nelly.  Thomas Jefferson gave them suggestions for the fancier home they built later and you could really see his input.  But the original footprint is lined by rock foundation-and it was a very small two story house.  It seems Dolly and James Madison honey mooned with the Hites in the little house which included the 3 children.  Anyway the Major got slaves from his wife’s dowry and really did well.  The mansion only has one floor and the below ground floor that the slaves worked and cooked in.  It was a sensational tour especially when you stepped on the front veranda and visualized the Union Army camped all across the acres in front.  Union lost to Stonewall Jackson who pushed them north, but pushed back and took over again.  This was part of the fight over this great bread basket that the South needed to hold onto.  Sheridan then burned almost everything so that the south could not eat out of this beautiful area.  Loved this history.  Had tingles standing on the veranda and visualizing the troops, tents and fires that were going when the Confederates surprised the Union in the middle of the night-Cedar Creek Battle.

Only had a couple of hours for the city of Winchester-so we went to the historic down town blocks that has been set up nicely as a pedestrian mall.  Found a bistro for lunch and sat out in perfect weather (today is 93) but that day was in the 80’s.  Will say that Winchester was the first English speaking town west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the County was the military and political training ground for George Washington.  During the Civil War the town changed hands 72 times.  Puts the war in perspective here in Virginia.

I know, too much information, but I do not want to forget what we have seen and this is my best way to remember.  Love you all and will get to the west despite tornados.

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