I don't consider myself to be a history buff in the least. I do however have a love of old things. I love old pictures, buildings, furniture...the list goes on and on. I imagine in my mind what went on inside those old buildings and in those times. What was it really like? What were their stories? What don't we really know?
Baldwin City, Kansas is just 15 miles south of Lawrence and about 45 minutes outside of the populated Kansas City area. Baldwin City originally began as a trail stop on the Santa Fe Trail. It's now the home of 1,077 households and 774 families. Baker University and Midland Railway call this their home. A few years back, even Thomas the Tank Engine started making an annual visit.
Every year since 1957, Baldwin City has hosted the Maple Leaf Festival during the third full weekend in October. It began as a way to celebrate a successful harvest and to view the fall foliage. Today, it is the largest fall family event in the area and features a parade, arts and crafts, quilt show, theatrical performances, history tours, train rides and live music. Annually it draws crowds of 30,000 or more .
I started out a city girl myself, gone country now small town. That's why I call myself a mix of Ginger & Mary Anne. Remember those gals? This is where I feel most comfortable, but I can get just as fancy as anyone will let me. Any time, any where!
Anyway, lets take a walk, shall we...
Baldwin City back then:
|Baldwin City, 1911|
|The Globe Drug Store owned by Dr. W.F. Osborn 1889 - early 1900's|
Picture: Not Dated
|This belongs to Heather Kuhn Roelker. She received it in a packet of old photos. On it was written "Baldwin City, KS." She believes it to be from the 1900's.|
|Business Block, 1913|
Baldwin City today:
I don't know if this counts as a flashback friday...
it's a flashback to me anyway.
Come on over to Christopher & Tia's Flashback Friday...
See you there!
Enjoy your weekend!