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2012 – Wichita Kansas – Part 1

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

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#10c

After leaving Holly, Colorado our next stop is Lamar. Here we find their AT&SF Combination Depot and at the same location is AT&SF Steam Engine #1819 along with a Windmill and Water Tank as part of a static display.

Lisa and I also find the Madonna of the Trail for Colorado as part of the Wagon Trail history we also tracked during this trip.

Lamar, CO

The next stop of this long day is Las Animas where we find the AT&SF Passenger and Freight Depots.

We finally reach La Junta, CO and Lisa is beat and ready to call it a day so we head for the hotel. She is fine with me taking advantage of the remaining light so I head out.

I first track down AT&SF Steam Engine #1024, Santa Fe Caboose #999602, Santa Fe Hopper #307178 (along with others)…

Still plenty of light left and there is still more items on my list to track down…

 
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Posted by on 10/18/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#10a

On Day #10, we pull up camp in Wichita and take a slow drive towards La Junta, CO; making a ton of RR stops along the way.

Our first stop will be in Kingman, KS where we track down the AT&SF Combination Depot which is now used by the Central Kansas Railway and I also bag Hopper FINX #10573

From there we travel to Cunningham, KS to find the AT&SF Combination Depot there.

Next we head over to Pratt, KS to find the next AT&SF Combination depot along this route.

As we passed through Mullinville, KS I found a road side display calling itself the “World’s Largest Coffee Collection”
Mullinville, KS

We reach Dodge City next. Here we find the AT&SF Passenger and Freight Depots and Santa Fe Caboose #999014 all close by to each other.

Down the street is the “Boot Hill” museum.  From the outside it looks like a Tourist Trap but besides the “cemetery” there are building that are very much worth going into as they have lots of historical items to view and read about the history of this area.  As for “Boot Hill” itself well…

Dodge City, KS

Als on their property they have the AT&SF Combination Depot from Sitka, KS as well as AT&SF Steam Engine #1139

We stop for lunch at Arby’s and I catch one more RR shot before we head to our next stop…

As we head east out of Dodge City along US50 we come across an area where the Santa Fe Trail Wagon Wheel tracks can still be seen.
Between Dodge City and Cimarron, KS along US50
 
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Posted by on 10/18/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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