Wind farm--note Kansas sky!
We pointed ourselves to the Kansas route for going home. We stopped at Liberal to visit the Air Museum there. It is a good one but this was our third time. I passed on going in, but DH enjoyed himself once more. I read and waited patiently, shopped in their little gift shop.
Then it was on to Meade, Kansas. We had been through this town several times and never hit it right for visiting the Dalton Gang hideout. This time things were just right to enjoy this a highlight, and the experience was enhanced by visiting with the Cowboy curator, Mark Ferguson. The house was built by John and Eva Whipple in the late 1890s. She was the Daltons' sister. There was a secret tunnel dug from inside the small house down to the horse barn for a fast get away. Eventually the locals began to suspect the Whipples of helping the gang and so the couple left the area. Of course, the Daltons met their end in Coffeyville, Kansas.
Tunnel from Dalton house to barn.
Dalton Hideout Curator Mark Ferguson
We drove on to Pratt for the night, then into Wichita, made the only antique mall stop of the trip, had lunch with my niece and supper with our son before going on the next day to visit our parents before arriving that night at our own welcomed bed. It was nearly 3000 miles...a longer than normal road trip!
Autumn shaded pottery bought at Earl's, Gallup