After arriving from Germany and England, my family settled in Kansas. Several served and some died in the Civil War. Mostly they were farmers, but there were also teachers and merchants. Enough said, my heritage is in Kansas, I was even born there.
I planned on spending several weeks visiting with family and friends, some of whom I hadn't seen in over 20 years. It had been almost 4 years since I had been back this way. Much of my family lives close to the border of Oklahoma, and since my last paying job was in Wichita, I had friends to go see, and then it was up to the Flint Hills to visit an Uncle and his family.
During my stay in Arkansas City and Wichita, I didn't do much sightseeing since I spent much of my time growing up in this area, but I had never visited the Flint Hills before and this time I only had a few days to check it out. My uncle lives in the little town of Alma, KS, population 900. Alma is the City of Native Stone and following are some pictures showing why.
|A church on the hilltop made of native limestone blocks. Even on the abandoned buildings the only thing you see deteriorating is the doors and windows.|
|Barns, fences and other outbuildings utilized the native limestone.|
|Some of the houses were quite impressive.|
|You see these limestone rock fences everywhere. In 1867 they abolished the open range and the ranchers were paid 40 cents per 16 ft to build and maintain a fence. Most ranchers used the rocks which were so abundant.|
|More pictures from the town of Alma showing the beautiful buildings built from the native limestone. Most of these buildings were built in the mid 1880s.|
|This house had such a regal look.|
|And I liked this one for the ivy and the unique shape.|
|Alma also has a cheese factory where I, of course, bought some fresh cheese. Yummmmmm|