Kansas February 22, 2016
11 Things You Can’t Do In Kansas Anymore… But Wish You Could
How many of you pine for the “good old days” of the Sunflower State? Trust me, I do too… and these 11 things you can no longer do in Kansas are a reminder of why:
1. Ride the epic old-school carnival rides at Joyland Amusement Park.
This Wichita icon was opened from 1949 to 2006.
2. Get your kicks on Route 66.
Though the famous highway is still open, it has far fewer travelers because of newer highways and interstates.
3. Seeing the "World's Largest Prairie Dog."
The ploy to get I-70 tourists to visit Oakley's bizarre (albeit amusing) Prairie Dog Town permanently closed in 2012.
4. Watching new (non-Christmas related) episodes of KAKEman.
5. Dining on White Castle...
Does anyone else find it strange that White Castle was founded in Wichita, yet there isn't a single one in the entire state?
6. ...Dr. Redbird’s Medicinal Inn...
This locally owned favorite featured large, tasty, and aptly named sandwiches such as the Impaired Digestion Panacea and the Doctor's Consumption Cure.
7. ...Bob Evans...
Fortunately, you can still get a delicious breakfast in a few select locations, but the chain has been forced to close several stores.
8. ...and Frannie's.
Quite possibly one of the most missed Kansas establishments is that of Frannie's; a Yates Center diner that served home cooked dinner AND dessert for just $1 each. (The establishment closed for good in 2007.)
9. Being able to gaze out at the beautiful prairie without these obstructive views.
10. Admiring Henry's Sculpture Hill.
Art enthusiasts used to be able to view several of Frank Jensen's impressive steel sculptures on a hill near Augusta, but the location is no longer open to the public.
11. Eating a slice of Norma's award-winning coconut cream pie that was actually made by Norma.
Sadly, Norma Grubb passed away in 2009, but you can still taste her recipe at Dover's Sommerset Hall Cafe.
What do you miss being able to do in Kansas? Let us know in the comments!