Monday, April 28, 2014

Where in Kansas and Missouri is...?


Regular programming has resumed.
Today we are on the road to U and
V with a little bit of a political twist
to our posts today.
First up is Ulysses, KS.

Aptly named after Ulysses S. Grant
our 18th president.

As you can see, it is located in the
southwest corner of the state.

It was established in 1873.

The first town site was founded in
June 1885 and was surveyed by
George Washington Earp, the
first cousin to Wyatt Earp. The
site was located approximately
two miles east of the present day
Ulysses.

The town's motto is "A City On
the Move."





Now we will cross the state line
for V and locate Van Buren,
MO.

It was founded in 1833 and named
for then Vice President, Martin Van
Buren.

It is located in the southeastern
Missouri Ozarks on an edge of
the Mark Twain National Forest.

This is another city on the move.
In the beginning the city started
in one county and ended up in
the present day county it is in.
The present day site was purch-
ased for $495 in 1867. A log court-
house was built before the new
city site was even fully laid out.

Phone service arrived sometime
after 1907 and electricity arrived
20 years later in 1927.

The area around Van Buren is
well known to folks who enjoy
fishing, floating, and canoeing
on the Current River.

There you have it two states
named after political figures.
Pretty cool don't you think.

Tomorrow we will be checking
out the last two cities that will
be featured in this challenge.
I don't have cities for X and Z
so on Wednesday I will doing a
"Made in Kansas and Missouri"
post.

Thanks for hanging with me
during the challenge.

In a later post I'll tell you about
our "family weekend."


~Keep on Dreaming~

10 comments:

  1. I've really enjoyed my trips around the state and looking forward to your next two posts.

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    1. Thanks, we have almost made it!

      M : )

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  2. Blakes grandparents lived there..... we used to got here and visit them. It was a very long drive. Not much out there.

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    1. Well hello!
      Interesting about Blake's Grandparents.

      M :)

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  3. A lot of familiar names in your neck of the woods, rich with history. Sounds like you're having fun with the trip.
    Shells–Tales–Sails

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    1. Yes, both states are very rich in history.

      I have learned a lot myself during this time.

      M : )

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  4. Hi Melinda! Thanks for coming over to visit Life is Good! Looks like you're going to make it to the end of the Challenge! Way to go!
    You and I enjoy a lot of the same summer activities. My garden is calling, but I have a broken rib right now, so it will just have to be quiet a while.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

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    1. Oh no, so sorry to hear about your rib! No fun.
      Hope it feels better soon.
      Our garden and landscaping is having a tough
      time with all the rain we have had.

      Come back soon. I'll be by soon.

      M : )

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  5. Hi Melinda! I have driven through Van Buren. It is in a beautiful part of our state. Thanks for introducing me to Ulysses! Twyla

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    1. I have not been to either. I thought it was fun that
      they were named after Presidents.

      M : )

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