Monday, March 7, 2011

Macro Monday 3/7/11 and Great (Ft.) Scott!

Hey, Everyone.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I'm playing along with Lisa et al. doing Macro Monday.  Stop by and see some of the great macro shots!

The family and I went to Fort Scott, KS this weekend.  The occasion, unfortunately, was a memorial service for a loved one.  But it was a wonderful weekend, nonetheless.  Have you ever been to Fort Scott, KS?  This is definitely a place worth checking out if you are near by.

And let me recommend a great place to stay.

The Courtland Hotel.  What a cool place!  This place has been a hotel, boarding house or dormitory since it first opened in 1906.  It was originally built for people working on the railroads.  Now it is restored and remodeled to provide all the modern "necessities" but it still feels like you are staying in an historic building.
The first picture at the top is a closeup of something in the wall in the stairwell.  I'm not sure what it is, but I liked it.  Here is the whole stairwell.
There are beautiful, original tin ceiling tiles.  The woodwork is beautiful.  There are some original antique furnishings plus many beautiful pieces added by the current owners.
The proprietor is extremely knowledgable on the history of the town and has lots of stories to keep you entertained.
Front of the building
We also visited the places that were important in the early life of our loved one.  The doorknob above is from the church he attended as a child.  We also visited the house in which he was born (now uninhabited and in disrepair) and the house where he lived as a teenager (now occupied by his 84 year-old brother).
Yesterday, before heading home, we took the time to visit the old fort.  It was built as a peacekeeping fort (keeping the settlers and the native americans apart) but outlived its usefulness when the westward expansion took place.  
Just one of the many buildings of the old fort.

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Coffeypot said...

Wish I could have gone. I love stuff like that. Well, not the memorial/funeral stuff, but the old forts and houses and stuff. If I had the money, I would spend the rest of my life touring the old west.

Oskar said...

I'm sorry about the circumstances, but it looks like a nice place to stay.

Nubbin wiggles,

Ed said...

Cool pics. Looks like a fun trip. I love that old shit.

Jessi said...

I LOVE the white doorknob! Despite the reason, it sounds like y'all had a good trip! Looks like a place I would love to visit!!

Coffee Queen said...

Great shots, very unique!

sophie...^5 said...

Thanks for giving us a I have a better idea of this area!

McGillicutty said...

OK so this is the last post I remember seeing and it's only a couple o' weeks ago!!!!!!!!!! bug hugs and yes I love the door handle pic the best!! XXXX