Saturday I dropped by wife off at the
I’ll share the eastern part of the trip today and in the next entry, and get to the Flint Hills portion in the following entry. ;-)
We have lived in
I spotted the turn around opening, and exited the base, took a right, and continued west, to see if the historical sites I wanted to see were out there, or, if I needed to go on the base. Shortly, I was driving past the
I turned around, and decided to go into the Army base. The guard at the gate confirmed I did need to enter to see the historic sites – I had noticed he was checking in ID cards, in the cars ahead – so, I was not surprised at the next thing he said: “You need to have your car inspected to enter the base.” Therefore, I got to swing around, the other way, through that turn around, and get in the far right hand lane, to be inspected: driver’s license first, then, I was “requested” to open all the openings on the car – all four doors, trunk and hood! Really reminded me of those days, long ago, when I went through ROTC summer camp and three years of active duty – in the Air Force; I was in the Army, now!
They kindly gave me, upon my request, the sheet of paper with the driving tour. I pulled in on the left, in a bit, where the sign said: “
A little further, per map, I came to the first site of interest, the
Colin Powell narrated the story at the pedestal on the right, above.
I really like the statue at the far end:
There were informative interpretive signs up and back as I walked around the memorial.
Further up the road, a right, and near the end of that road, I got to see the U.S. Army Command and
At the end of that road, and to the left, just a bit, the Mighty Missouri River – the Gateway to the West - appeared on the right:
The plaque is of Lewis and Clark, camping on that island in the river, 200 years ago – a great drawing, and fascinating to compare…
Right behind here, is a row of officer housing:
Again, I pondered the long string of career military officers, notables from WWI, WWII and all other conflicts that have lived in these houses – they all came through here!
As I turned back toward the main road, I got my one disappointment from the brief visit – it was just 9 a.m. and the
In our family, we always say on vacation visits: “Save something for the next time!” Well, we’ll come back and visit the
Out of the base, I headed south on K-7 through
As a tourism guy, I was both impressed and disappointed in the “welcome” building, near the sign. The little building actually had public restrooms, but the brochure display was very disappointing… had a few B&Bs, and real estate ads – but NO Leavenworth brochures!! Unbelievable!
Following K-7 highway directly south for several miles, I approached US Hwy 24, and was reminded I had never visited The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame that I had seen signs for along I-70 so many times! It was just east of the intersection, so I decided to make a visit – but more on that in the next entry!