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Belpre, Macksville and Zook, Kansas

Posted by graywacke on March 4, 2017

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-four-or-five days blog), I use an app that provides a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”

I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town or towns I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. 

To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landing” above.  To check out some recent changes in how I do things, check out “About Landing (Revisited).”

Landing number 2329; A Landing A Day blog post number 760.

poiuDan:  Today’s lat/long 37o 59.812’N, 99o 1.859’W) puts me in Cen-SW Kansas:

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In case you’re confused, “Cen-SW” means that I landed in the southwest portion of central Kansas.  Here’s my Zookless local map:

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My streams-only map is rather simple.  It shows that I landed in the Rattlesnake Creek watershed creek, on to the Arkansas River (126th hit):

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Not shown (but trust me on this), the Arkansas makes its way across Arkansas and discharges into the MM (909th hit).

So.  It’s time to hang on to Mr. Yellow Push-pin, and allow him to safely land us in Kansas.  Click HERE, and hang on as directed.

This GE shot is not Zookless:

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There’s no worthwhile GE Street View shot of my landing, so I won’t bother.  Just for the heck of it, here’s a random Street View look at the landscape, about 4 miles west of my landing, showing the edge of one of the circular-irrigated fields:

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Of course, I need to take a look at Rattlesnake Creek:

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And here what the Orange Dude sees:

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So, we have three towns to look at.  Let’s start with Belpre (pop 84).  Wiki says:

Belpre is derived from the French for “beautiful meadow.”

No argument from ALAD. 

So, let’s take a actual look at Belpre, thanks to Van L. Johnson and his drone:

 

Here are a couple back-in-the-day shots of Belpre, from Witchita State University Libraries:

 

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I’m amazed at how lively these towns were. 

And today?  Here’s a GE Street View of downtown Belpre:

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And a residential part of town:

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Macksville (pop 549) is about 7 times the size of Belpre.  It was named after George Mack, the first postmaster.

Hmmm.  Generally, it’s the postmaster who takes the first crack at naming a town.  Maybe he didn’t want to name it after himself, but the townspeople convinced him otherwise.  Maybe he was sneaky and did it behind everyone’s back.  Maybe he was a pushy and intimidating egomaniac . . .

Also from the Witchita State University Library collection, here’s a back-in-the-day shot of Macksville:

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And another, from the Stafford County photo archive:

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And from USGenWeb archives, the Crescent Hotel:

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Coming back to the present, here’s a Street View shot of Main Street, showing viability in Macksville:

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I’ll now move to my far-and-away favorite of the three towns, Zook.  According to KansasGhostTownTravels, the town was named after landowner Jake Zook.  There ain’t much there:

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But there used to be a Zook High School!  Here’s all that remains (from vanishing-kansas.blogspot by Sean Fyodorovich):

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And here’s a shot of the way the school used to look:

s-l1600aI think they tore down the school, and made a park (thus the landscaped entryway shown on the recent picture, vs. the concrete walkway above).  I wonder why only one of the two brick pillars survived?

And they had a basketball team, as evidenced by this 1941 picture from gregssandbox.com (by Glenn McMurry in an article about Zook High School):

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Not obvious who played center!

And they had a woman’s team as well (1936 photo)!

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And a marching band!

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And a school bus!

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Here’s a shot of what farming used to be like, from just outside of Zook:

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One of my more laid-back posts, eh?  That’s what happens when I can’t find any hooks.

Anyway, it’s time for the GE Panoramio photos in the vicinity of my landing.  First this, by Christopher O’Neal, 6 miles west of my landing:

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And this by JB the Milker (a previous contributor to this blog), from 8 miles SW:

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And I’ll close with this by Russel Karlowsky, from 10 miles W:

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That’ll do it . . .

KS

Greg

 

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