21 Aug Emma: Spontaneous Kansas Adventure, With Family History
We happened to go through Home, Kan. My Grandmother, Margaret Green (Mom’s mother), was born and raised there. Her parents (my great-grand parents), came to America on a boat from Germany. They found Home, and well, called it home! Grandpa Florian Beiberstien was a blacksmith, and was married to Grandma Gerva Beiberstien. He built a blacksmith shop, and a lovely house and made their living. Today, both buildings still stand, and it was a great honor to go see and sit in the same place that they once did. The house still has people living in it too.
Dan, Lauren, and Clara stand by what was the front entrance to the blacksmith shop. It’s amazing after at least 100 years, this sturdy building still stands.
Lauren and Clara sitting on the entrance. A very cool experience for them both to sit where their great-great-grandfather once worked every day over 100 years ago.
We continued across Kansas to Atchison, dropped the girls off, and headed to Sioux Falls. With all of the flooding in Nebraska, the interstate was closed from the Kansas/Nebraska line to the northern edge by Sioux City, Iowa.The trip was the longest I have ever had. It took us an extra hour and a half to go on the highways and byways, and with all the interstate traffic on the country roads – it just made things go slower.
We also stopped in Nebraska City, Nebraska, at the Lewis and Clark Center.
On our way north, the Missouri River was just a mile east of the road we were on, so we took a small detour to check it out. Obviously the road was closed, but we did get to pull over and look.
Dan and I at the flooded Missouri River. We walked down a trail to the river.
This concluded our trip to Kansas. I always love to go on a spontaneous adventure.
Be safe and God bless!
Emma can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.