Glen Elder, Kansas
Glen Elder State Park
Glen Elder State Park
Continuing through north central Kansas on SR 24 we stop in Glen Elder to stay at the Glen Elder State Park which is on Waconda Lake. It's another nice state park that is spread out and has boondocking sites as well as sites with hook ups.
The corn fields are in the campground area too. They go on forever in the distance. The need for flood control on the Soloman River resulted in the building of the Glen Elder Dam in 1969 and creating the lake for boating, fishing and camping. Kansas State Parks are 100% funded by the park fees. They do it right here. All upkeep and improvements are covered.
50a/W, $23, #134.If you want to boondock right along the lake you can just pull up where ever you want on the grass. If it weren't 100 degrees out we'd do that. We need the 50amp site to run both our A/C units.
Camper Chronicles had been here before.
It all started in 1953 when Frank Stoeber stumbled over some loose twine on his farm. Instead of burning it he decided to roll it up in a ball. And the rest is history. In 1973 he was added to The Guinness Book of World Records. You are welcome to add your own piece of twine to this ever-growing ball. It does have to be Sisal though. If you don't have any you can walk over to the Belle of the Ball shop and they will give you some. It was closed due to Covid though so we just took some pictures.HERE.
LoneStarRider.com He rides to raise money and awareness for Diabetes in memory of his son. It's a really cool thing he's doing and you can read about by checking out his website. We all know someone(s) dealing with Diabetes so check it out. Maybe our paths will cross again and we can share a better conversation.
We also wanted to visit The Geographic Center of the US that we missed last time we were in Kansas. Turns out this isn't quite the center. As the sign says, it's now about 3 miles north, so off we went to check that out too.
Sunsets are so vibrant out here when they set over a wide open horizon.
With newer measuring equipment, they discovered this was actually the center of the US. There are markers and other things here to see and read about.
This is the Smallest Church in Kansas.
Very patriotic out here!
As we headed back we passed another one of those retro gas station/guest lodges.
Here we we are back at the lake. There were a couple of hardy folks boondocked along the shore.
Across the street was some castle looking building. It was built in by a gentleman who returned from WWI and wanted it to look like one he'd seen in Luxemburg. It's is a private home now.
Such a HUGE silo storage for such a tiny town.
Steve wishes they sold T-Shirts!
Webster Lake State Park
I found an interesting historical place to visit about 15 minutes away called Nicodemus.
I found this very interesting. I never heard of African American settlements like this before.
The old church.
The population is only about 25.
Several professional athletes grew up here including Gayle Sayers of the Chicago Bears.
Wheat and corn was and is still huge out here.
Ernestine's Bar-B-Q. Closed. Not sure if it's because of Covid or it's permanently closed.
Steve trying to help Ernestine. What would you caption it?!
We tried to hike around part of the lake but even at dusk it was too hot.
It's nice to see they take care of their town instead of letting it look run down.
An old abandoned gas station. Maybe they should talk to Cawker City for revenue ideas.
Zurich, KS, population 126. St. Ann's Cemetery has a higher population than the town itself.
Just a few homes left.
I'm sure Zurich was lovely in the 1880s. Besides the cemetery, these 4 dilapidated buildings on Main St. are all that is left. We stopped in to a nice family grocery store in neighboring Plainsville (population 1804) and bought a few local vegetables and a sandwich made by the 2 young daughters that were running it that day. Then we treated ourselves to a DQ Blizzard.
Our drive through the area brings us back to Stockton. Population 1,257. It is more like a city compared to the other towns. It's brick paved Main St. is the section running through Rt. 24. Most of the buildings are occupied. It's nice to see these towns surviving out here.
City Hall with a Veteran's Memorial that was small but very well done.
I was surprised to see a Ballot Drop Box out here.
Cute park with one of many murals in town.
Some old cars at the Chevy dealership.
Next Up: The Oldest Geocache in the World, Rocks & Pyramids, all in Kansas!