Abilene Chase County Council Grove Elderhostel Emporia Flint Hills McPherson Prairie "Quiet" Towns Topeka Z-bar Ranch


Ghost Towns, Springtime on the Prairie, Kansas Folklore

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas

May 7 - 12, 2006


our host
Emporia State University


their mascot


greetings from the University
Dr. Edward Butler, the Elderhostel Coordinator, on the left


dinner at the Best Western Motel


Dr. Tom Eddy tells about wild flowers


one of his slides


Dan Riggs tells us about Dunlap, a Ghost town

Photos of Chase County Ghost Towns


Ustaine Talley tells us of the Black community in Dunlap


tells stories of her relatives in the Dunlop graveyard used by many Blacks


her father's grave


the former Black Baptist church in Dunlap


in Dunlap

More Photos of the Ghost Towns


at Council Grove, Ron Parks tells us of the Kaw Indians

More Photos of Council Grove


remains of an Indian Agent office


monument to the Kaw (Kanza) Indians


Dr. Jim Hoy tells us the history of the Ghost Towns

Photos of the Ghost Towns


a polo game, putting apples in a basket


turtle race


visited the prairie open range

More Photos of the Prairie


the Z-bar ranch house

More Photos of the Z-Bar Ranch


a ghost town

More Photos of Ghost Towns


dined in Cassoday


the restaurant


the owner, Diane Carlson


and her helper, Debbie Hoy, an accomplished rodeo participant


after dinner we visited the Flint Hills primary school


could have won a quilt, if we had purchased raffle tickets


and stayed to hear a program on Prairie Grasses



click on the above to hear their songs


a new day and Tom Bridge tells us about the Ghost Town of Saffordville


Yvonne Allen tells us about Cedar Point


her brother runs the garage


Ruth Childs about Elmdale


and Maria Baumgardner has the store
(with Tom and Silvia Bridge)

More Photos of the Ghost Towns


the next day back at the University
Dr. Eddy tell us of the Tall Stem Grasses

More Photos of the Prairie


and Dr. Hoy of the Folklore and Songs

some short Video clips of excerpts from Kansas Folk songs 


"Don't Fall in Love with a Kansas Boy"

"Kansas Land"

more "Kansas Land"

"Stern Old Bachelor"

"Drunkard's Lone Child"

Bronk Rider


at our graduation
Dr. Edward Butler presents Larry Smith and the Dulcimer he made

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