Saturday, August 25, 2007

Pepperoni Pizza

Pizza anyone? What's your favorite toppings? Thick crust, stuffed crust, or thin and crispy? Wichita is the home of the very first Pizza Hut, maybe I'll take a photo of the original "Pizza Hut" and post it sometime. I have fun remembering the old advertisement of "Putt, putt, to the Pizza Hut". To see it click here:

Friday, August 24, 2007

High and Low

Oh! ye'll take the high road and I'll take the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye; But me and my true love
Will never meet again On the bonnie, bonnie banks of .... The Arkansas.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Native wisdom

The statue in the header of my blog is called "The Keeper of the Plains", he stands at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers. The Keeper Plaza, located around the base of the statue, incorporates the history of the Native Americans and embodies a “sacred hoop” and the 4 elements that make up life (Earth, air, fire and water).
I've noticed some American cities are named after places in Europe. Ever wondered how Wichita got it's name? It's named after the Wichita Indians that first inhabited this area. Back in the days when all that was needed was - Earth, air, fire and water. Could you get by on those basic needs, these days?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

Pumping water

Anyone remember using your whole body to pump water from an old fashioned water pump like this one?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Munger house

This log home was built in 1868 near the Arkansas River, by a Mr Munger. The logs used for it came from cottonwood trees in the area. It served as a 2-room hotel, a post office, and pioneer hospital. A lot of action for this little log home. The dresser drawers in the guest rooms, have a lock on each of them. The paying guests, were given a key to their dresser drawer. The plaster between the logs, included buffalo hair in the mixture. This home has been well preserved as it was for many years housed within the walls of a larger home that had been built around it. It is now in Wichita's Old Cowtown. It's furnished inside, as it would of been during it's early days in Wichita history. It has two front doors, the one on the left is entry to the "living room" which served as Mr Munger's office. It has a desk and dining table in it. The door on the right enters into the kitchen area. The two guest (hotel) rooms are on the back. Not sure what's upstairs, but am thinking that's where the Munger family slept. That's just a guess though, not a fact. Remember the picture of the Carey-Eaton Hotel - quite a difference a few years made. Cattle business must of been booming around the time span of when the two hotels were built 1868 - 1887.