These photos were taken in June. I have had an incredibly stressful two weeks. School has started and I am glad. Waiting on a job to start over a period of three months is a stressful feeling, yet it is the same job I have always had so it really was not worth the anxiety.
I am sitting here listening to the new Rob Thomas album. Which came out on the first day of my new classes which seems to hold some significant meaning to me, but I don't write about everything on here. I don't even publish my posts to social media anymore. But let's talk about Wamego.
Wamego's success as a community can be attributed to many factors: strategic location, proximity to larger urban areas, and the quality of its citizens who have been dedicated to pursuits of a cultural and qualitative nature.
Our beautiful scenery and rich agricultural land are a legacy of the area's geologic history - the glaciated region of Kansas. Native Americans used the Kansas River as an area of settlement and avenue of transportation long before whites entered the area. The entire Kansas River Valley was home to the Konza tribe until the 1840's. Beginning in the 1840's major portions of the Pottawatomie Tribe occupied the area just to the east of Wamego. The names of our city and county are derived from the Pottawatomie Tribe. History of Wamego
Here is a little more history of Wamego from Wamego
In 1863 the Kansas Pacific Railroad began building the main line for passengers and freight bound westward across the plains. Seizing this opportunity, The Wamego Town Company founded and laid out a new town site - Wamego - along the proposed rail in 1866. Wamego was later incorporated in 1868.
The founders offered the railroad land and cash to locate the Kansas Pacific division headquarters in the town for a minimum of 20 years. A station, roundhouse, and shops evolved, which employed a considerable number of people. For a time, Wamego served as the rail yard for the larger town of Louisville four miles north, which was situated on the Oregon Trail. This situation soon changed, as did transportation techniques. By 1874 Wamego had 28 businesses as opposed to the 6 in Louisville. In 1890 the Kansas Pacific moved the division headquarters to Junction City.
I am a history teacher. I'm finally teaching History (without all the extra government paperwork a caseload brings). After two weeks of training I still feel that what makes a good teacher is not two weeks of pedagogy and going over test results before the beginning of the school year. I think education is about knowledge. It's so deceptively simple that it has been made complicated by those who profit from the industry.
What did I learn when I went to Wamego. I learned that it was a railroad town built near a river. This tells me a lot about the success of a town. Humanity doesn't change, it is and always has been dependent upon resources.
The ancients shaped late 19th century Wamego. These statues went to the World's Fair in Chicago, which I've read was grand.
I wish a town near where I lived had a park like this. This was a beautiful park. I love NE Kansas.
I want to start running again. It is the best way to deal with stress.
I left the big park which was filled with people enjoying it. The swimming park was blasting music and filled with teenagers, a small prairie town like the one I grew up in.
The railroad was big in these little Kansas towns but we are relatively close to Abilene and the end of the line for the cattle trails.
My next stop was to check out the river.
My trip to Kansas was odd, I (of course - got sick) then it was so hot for a few days but by the time we went to Nebraska we hit the cool and rainy weather. This day was hot. I also was off on the length of our stay so I didn't get to return to Wamego.