|"Hay from Ellinwood!"|
That one never gets old, does it? OK ... maybe ... but moving right along ...
We normally stop at a ball field on the edge of town after one of our trips to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, but Mom kept looking down this street, thinking it would be fun to explore:
|Downtown Ellinwood, KS|
See the church down there? She really wanted a closer look at it! She saw on her maps program that there is a nice field across from it, so that sounded like a winner for all of us!
She took a few shots of the old church ...
|St. Joseph's Catholic Church, built in 1900|
... and Mags and I got to stretch our legs, get some water, and have a little snack.
|Me, sitting patiently while Mom took 157 photos of the church|
Maggie and I posed by a cool plaque/monument to a guy named Fred Wolf:
|Me and Maggie, being very good girls|
Fred Wolf was a famous businessman in Ellinwood. His father built the Wolf Hotel in 1894 and son Fred added the Sunflower dining room in 1924. The downstairs of the hotel still houses the first air conditioning in Barton County! In August of 1930, Fred deeded land you see us posing on in the photo above to the City of Ellinwood with the provision that it be used and maintained as a public park. The band shell in the background was built in 1931 in the art deco style - with an addition added in 1938. The band shell is significant for its association with the growth and development of Ellinwood.
We liked this part of the plaque:
As I mentioned we did some looking around:
|Mags and me in Ellinwood|
Here's a shot of Dad offering us some water:
|"How about some more water, girls?"|
"What's down there?"
"No, thanks, Dad. I don't want to have to pee on the way home."
We did more exploring, then one more quick pose:
|"I sure had fun!"|
"Me, too! I love Ellinwood!"
I think we're going to make that part of our normal "trip to Quivira" routine! It is a great place for all four of us!
As I said, we'll share more pix from our trip soon!