We head to Wichita Kansas to attend my nieces college graduation and add some time before/after to make a mini vacation out of it.
Well our flight out turned out to be a Turbo-Prop but at least we sat far enough back to be away from most the noise.
We get in to our hotel close to midnight and then get up early to start our next RRAdventures of 2012 by heading for Hutchinson, Kansas to track down some depots; including the Arkansas Valley Interurban Depot.
From there we head for Fort Larned National Historic Site near Larned, KS
We then head down the road a bit to the Santa Fe Trail Center that has lots of historical stuff but not as much on the Santa Fe Trail as we had hoped but still very much worth the stop; especially since they have a depot there! The depot is from Frizell, KS and is AT&SF
With the major outside activities done (to avoid the heat) we head back into Larned itself to track down another depot
From there we head for Pawnee Rock, KS to track down their historical depot
Our next stop in Pawnee Rock is Pawnee Rock itself which was a geologic structure that mark the midpoint of the Santa Fe Trail. We also find a lone grave to Nehemiah Carson (PVT Mexican War) who died here from an unknown illness.
We don’t have much time left but we quickly pass through Great Bend, KS to track down AT&SF Steam Engine #3416
Time to head back to Wichita, Kansas to call it a night