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Legends Christmas Tree - Kansas City, Kansas
Thursday - November 3, 2022: I'm off on an overnight trip to Wichita, Kansas. The first stop was at Ty's Dinner on West 2nd Street, which has been reviewed on our site since 2008. It had been about three years since it had been updated. I dined at the counter and had a jalapeno cheeseburger with 1/2 order of Frings (basket of fries and onion rings).

The Allen House in Wichita is the last of the Frank Lloyd Wright famous Prairie Houses. It was built in 1915 for former Kansas Governor Henry Justin Allen and his wife, Elsie. Photos are normally not permitted in the home, but the Allen House Foundation agreed to permit photography for this website. I joined a regularly scheduled tour and the docent explained to the tour why I was being permitted to take photos.

I drove north to Highland Cemetery and Old Mission Cemetery to photograph a number of the more famous graves, including Sidney Toler who was a successful actor, playwright, and theatre director. He was the second European American actor to play the role of Charlie Chan on screen, appearing in 22 films made between 1938 and 1946. 

Other graves photographed included James Patrick Masterson (Bat Masterson's brother), William Coffin Coleman (Founder of the Coleman lantern company) and William Mathewson (The first "Buffalo Bill").

After some time along the Arkansas River near the Keeper of the Plains, supper was at Doo-Dah Diner, which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. I had a Monte Cristo, which is a ham and cheese sandwich made with French toast.

I spent the night at MainStay Suites Wichita Northeast.

 


 
 

Allen House - Wichita, Kansas Allen House

Highland Cemetery - Wichita, Kansas Sidney Toler grave

Doo-Dah Diner - Wichita, Kansas Monte Cristo sandwich

 
Friday - November 4, 2022: The day began with a visit to Mark Arts, a regional arts hub which was founded in 1920. Right now they are hosting a national watercolor exhibition.

Lunch was at Bomber Burger on the south side of Wichita, which is the number on listing on our Kansas Best Burgers Page. I had a 3/4 pound cheeseburger with fresh cut fries. Bomber Burger is cash only.

On the drive home, I stopped at Grazing Plains Farm, which is a few miles east of Newton, Kansas. The farm has its own dairy store, a closet sized room with a refrigerator and freezer where they sell cheeses and raw milk. It is not staffed, so customers calculate the the amount owned and leave the cash in a sealed metal milk can. I bought elbing cheese, fromage blanc (cheese spread), farmstead cheese, havarti, cheddar, and cheddar curds. As of this writing the cheddar is the only one I have tried and is quite mild.

 

Mark Arts - Wichita, Kansas Mark Arts

Grazing Plains Farm - Newton, Kansas Grazing Plains Farm

Saturday - November 12, 2022: We were joined by Ann, Mary, Nicholas and Isabella to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Legends in Kansas City, Kansas. It was a cold evening and I think we were all wishing we were dressed a little warmer. There are a number of places for taking family photos around the outdoor shopping mall.

 

Legends Christmas Tree Legends Tree
 
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