Kansas Sampler

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Kansas Explorer Club

Kansas Explorer Club

Members of the Kansas Explorer Club receive 5-6 print newsletters a year full of things to see and do that are off the beaten path.

We Kan!

We Kan!

The Big Rural Brainstorm will be held March 7 in Newton in 2016.

Rural Culture Elements

Rural Culture Elements

The 8 rural culture elements are: architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people! They help you see a place with new eyes.

8 Wonders

8 Wonders

Have you seen the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook? Let it guide you to all 216 Wonders!



Marci and WenDee, of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, are going to every (626) incorporated city in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

Big Kansas Road Trip

Big Kansas Road Trip

The showcase counties are Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace. The event will be held over four days, May 2-5, 2019.

 Things to Explore in Kansas - List View

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American Soda Fountain and Sandwich Shoppe

Address: 205 N. Penn, Independence, KS - Map it!
Phone: 620.331.0604
1930s 15-stool fountain with renovated Formica counter; lunch served.

Bankes Soda Fountain

Address: 304 N. Broadway, Abilene - Map it!
Phone: 785.263.4330
Built in the 1920s. 1972 Formica counter top, spigots not working. 7 stools at bar. Round mirror. Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Batson's Drug

Address: 102 N. Wabash, Howard, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 620.374.2265
Rebuilt in 1953, this soda fountain has 8 stools and a speckled Formica top. Spigots are not working. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cardinal Drug Store

Address: 103 E. Main, Chanute, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 620.431.9150
Jim Chappell has created a thoroughly charming old-fashioned soda fountain setting with a 1914 solid oak back bar with mirror, cabinets, and authentic ice cream chairs and tables. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

City Sundries

Address: 104 N. Washington, Marquette, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 785.546.2339
Take a seat for an ice cream treat at the ice cream tables beside the 1901 marble soda fountain, complete with back bar and mirror. Spigots nor syrup is used. Soft serve ice cream. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 12-8 p.m.

Clark Pharmacy

Address: 101 S. Main, Cimarron, KS - Map it!
Phone: 620.855.2242
A pressed-tin ceiling, a 1920s soda fountain, tile counter, and shiny spigots create an old-fashioned ambiance to this full-service pharmacy. Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cornerstone Coffee Haus

Address: 431 Main, Seneca, KS 66538 - Map it!
Phone: 785.334.4287
This is the only 1950s double horseshoe counter in the state. Open Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Georgetown Pharmacy Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain & Espresso Shop

Address: 5605 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66202 - Map it!
Phone: 913.362.0313
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Gibson Health Mart

Address: 125 N. Main, WaKeeney, KS - Map it!
Phone: 785.743.5753
A drug store openened in this building in the 1880s and it's not been without a soda fountain since. The present one is a sweet little nine-stool job. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Grandma's Soda Shop

Address: 2524 Ave. E, Wilson, KS 67490 - Map it!
Phone: 785.658.2200
Website: http://www.facebook.com/GrandmasSodaShop

Graves Drug Ol' Fashioned Soda Fountain

Address: 212 S. Summit, Arkansas City, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 620.442.2300
Sandwiches, homemade soup and pie are on menu along with the traditional soda fountain treats. Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Gray Drug and Fountain

Address: 100 S. Mill, Beloit, KS 67420 - Map it!
Phone: 785.534.1200
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gray-Drug-and-Fountain/1
A marble counter top, back bar and mirror, and six stools are featured. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hodge Podge

Address: 113 E. Main, Glasco, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 785.568.2542
The milk shakes taste terrific at this six-stool 1927 soda fountain. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-noon.

Holmes Sundry

Address: 101 E. Main, Hamilton, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 620.678.3341
The 1920s soda fountain has a marble base, stools, original syrup pumps and water spigots. Open Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m.-4 p.m; Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hope Floats

Address: 400 block Railroad Street, Agenda, KS 66930 - Map it!
Phone: 785.732.6595
Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Check in at The Cedar Porch. Marble counter and back bar. Five stools.

Irwin Potter Drug

Address: 202 W. Main, Anthony, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 620.842.5119
This U-shaped bar with eleven stools and Formica counter was built in 1968. Open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Jimmie's Diner

Address: 3111 N. Rock Road, Wichita, KS - Map it!
Phone: 316.636.1818
You'll feel like you stepped into a 1950s setting here. Open Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 5:30 a.m.-midnight.

Kay's Pharmacy

Address: 2 West Main, Herington, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 785.258.3703
The spigots are no longer used at this soda fountain built between 1910-1915 but it has a nice back bar, mirror, six stools, and brass rail. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kiowa County Historical Museum & Soda Fountain

Address: 320 S. Main, Greensburg, KS 67054 - Map it!
Website: http://www.kiowacountyksmuseum.org
Museum Hours: Mon: 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm Tue - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sun: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Soda Fountain Hours: Mon: 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm Tue - Fri: 12 pm - 5:30 pm Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Sun: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Koger Variety

Address: 415 New York, Holton, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 785.364.3321
In the back of the local variety store you'll find this 1920s soda fountain with original front tile, five stools, and mirror. It's used as an office area but you can order ice cream here. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 12-4 p.m.

Main Street Market

Address: 102 N. Main, Bucklin, KS - Map it!
Phone: 620-826-9860
In the back of the store you'll find a working soda fountain. Loretta can whip up the best limeade this side of the Mississippi! They make terrific ice cream treats too. Ask about the Orange Cow!

Old Mill Tasty Shop

Address: 604 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 316.264.6500
Sit at one of the most complete and best-looking old-fashioned soda fountains in the state. It's a dandy, with marble counter, brass rail, stools, and wooden back bar with mirror. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Potwin Drug Store

Address: 124 NW Fillmore, Topeka, KS 66601 - Map it!
Phone: 785.368.3888
Located within Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, this rich-looking soda fountain built in 1902 has a dark green marble top and mirror.

Ray's Pharmacy

Address: 414 Main, Quinter, KS 67752 - Map it!
Phone: 785.754.3312
Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. The back bar in this 13-stool fountain dates back to 1904 but the metal parts to 1948. There's even a brass rail to rest your feet.


Address: 246 N. Main, Norwich, KS 67118 - Map it!
Phone: 620.478.2401
This soda fountain came from Sawyer but that was not the original site. Open Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sabetha Healthmart Pharmacy

Address: 934 Main, Sabetha, KS 66534 - Map it!
Phone: 785.284.3414
Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Soda n' Suds

Address: 116 S. Main, Canton, KS 67428 - Map it!
Phone: 620.350.8006
This newly-opened (2009) 1939 soda fountain has seven stools and serves hamburgers. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 4-8 p.m.

The Linger Longer

Address: 119 N. Nelson, Bennington, KS 67422 - Map it!
Phone: 785.820.6050
Email: TheLingerLongerLLC@gmail.com
Website: www.thelingerlonger.com
Open April 1 through October 31, Monday-Friday Monday-Friday 3-7 p.m.; Saturday 3-9 p.m. Dating back to 1912, this five-stool, marble counter top fountain comes complete with a back bar and mirror. They still mix their syrups using spigots. Dr. Pepper collectibles are featured along with a player piano, a tin-pressed ceiling, and waffle cones made from scratch! Angus burgers and sandwiches now available.

The Old Store

Address: 112 S. Main, Johnson, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 620.492.1478
The ice cream, old-fashioned sodas, soups, and sandwiches have captured a classic flavor at this 1950s Stanley Knight soda fountain with original 1920 oak back bar. Open Monday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Soda Shoppe

Address: 800 Main St., Hays, KS - Map it!
Phone: 785.625.7323
A nostalgic stop in the center o the Chestnut Street District is this 1940s seven-stool soda fountain. Hot meals are served here, too. Open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The West Pharm

Address: 402 Main, Westmoreland, KS - Map it!
Phone: 785.457.3611
The old favorites-shakes, malts, sodas, sundaes, and friendly service-are offered at this 1950s soda fountain with eight stools and a Formica counter. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-noon.

Traditions Soda & Sandwich

Address: 121 Grant Avenue, Garden City, Kansas - Map it!
Phone: 620.275.1998
The sign above the old-fashioned soda fountain lists prices from the 1950s: ice cream soda 19 cents and sundaes, three dips, 24 cents. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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