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Mid-West Odyssey III: Fort Scott-Chanute Overnight Trip

Mid-West Odyssey III: Fort Scott-Chanute Overnight Trip
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Wed., May. 14, 2003, 8:30am
Location: Fort Scott, Chanute
The bus will leave Lawrence at 8:30 a.m. and proceed to the Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site south of Pleasanton, Kansas.

Mine Creek is the site where a large body of union cavalry, in 1864, swept down on the rear of Confederate General Sterling Price?s supply train that was returning south after a long raid through Missouri and Kansas. In a short battle that was a part of a daylong skirmish, the confederate troops were thrown in disarray and a portion of the train was destroyed. There are two walking trails through the battlefield with signage to indicate special areas of interest. One is a 1.6 mile loop through the area of interest north of Mine Creek. The other is a 1.2 mile loop south of Mine Creek. The site administrator will describe certain phases of the battle to the group.

We will continue to Fort Scott, Kansas where lunch will be served at the Lyons? Victorian Mansion. The luncheon service includes a first-class presentation with china and silver service accompanied by staff dressed in attire from 1876 to the turn-of-the-century. A guided tour of the three-story Victorian home is included.

After lunch we will tour the Fort and have a trolley tour of the city. The city tour will be followed by a trip to the health care facility south of Fort Scott to view the photographs and poetry presented to the hospital by Gordon Parks. Gordon Parks was born in Fort Scott and distinguished himself as a photographer, author, filmmaker, music composer and poet. His donation to the hospital is estimated at around $100,000.

After the hospital tour, we will go to our Motel and get ready to travel to Chicken Annies for a great chicken dinner near Pittsburgh, Kansas.

Thursday morning we continue our travels to Chanute, where we will tour the Martin & Olsa Johnson Safari Museum. The Johnson?s traveled the world from 1917-1936 when few Americans ventured beyond our shores. They traveled the South Seas, Africa, Borneo and other exotic lands. The Safari Museum is considered one of the outstanding museums in Kansas.

We will have a catered lunch at the Tourist Center in the City offices. After lunch, we will travel to the Summit Hill Gardens to see the beautiful handcrafted soaps. We will be served a special dessert after viewing the operation.

We will return to Lawrence by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

May 14-15, 2003
8:30 a.m.
Fort Scott, Chanute

Cost:$150, based on double occupancy rooms. Add $30 for single occupancy rooms.

Where:Meet in the Lied Center parking lot near Bales Recital Hall, bus departs at 8:30 a.m.
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