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Friday, October 21, 2011

Who Knew?

JoAnne Morgan

Ever hear of Lindsborg Kansas?

Who knew? In the central plains of Kansas in what seems like the middle of nowhere we stumbled upon Lindsborg. The town, founded by Swedish immigrants in 1868 has maintained their cultural heritage.

After lunch at the “charming” “The Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick Maker” we spent a fun few hours walking the town looking at all the wonderful “public art”, shopping in the many craft and antique shops, and photographing the herd of wild Dala horses. What is a Dala horse you ask? It is a Swedish icon, a bluntly rounded, tail free horse originally whittled out of wood during long Scandinavian nights.

Remember the Cows in Chicago? No cows for Lindsborg! The Dala horses are on every corner and in front of every shop – all individually decorated. Very cool!

On our way out of town, we headed to Coronado Heights that is a “fortress like” structure on top of Smoky Hills, bluff. The area is to honor Francisco Vasquez de Coronado who visited central Kansas in 1541. The views from the top are of the surrounding farmland… they reminded me of the”amber waves of grain” verse from “America the Beautiful”. SEE PHOTOS HERE

Our camp for the night was at Cheney State Park about 20 miles West of Wichita. Check out the Kansas Sunset! It is getting chilly here – time to head further South.