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  Wet field A, Lower Silver Lake Road Wet field B, Lower Silver Lake Road  
Wet weather, farmland, Lower Silver Lake Rd., Aug. 2015
Topeka Zoo tiger cubs Looking to the east, Lake Shawnee This tree has not bloomed yet Gazebo to the south of the garden
Baby tigers, Topeka Zoo
Beautiful day at Ensley Garden, Lake Shawnee, Topeka: April 11, 2014
Daffodils New Oriental Pavillion Looking downstream from atop the covered bridge
Beautiful day at Ensley Garden, Lake Shawnee, Topeka: April 11, 2014
Gathering clouds, Kaw River Heavy blows really splinter the keyboard Some previously wrecked piano parts Piano rubble Female executioner
Storm clouds, Kaw River, 9-'13 Smashing pianos to raise money for music fraturnity, Washburn University, August, 2013
Flowers and shed roof Meyer's Market, Lower Silver Lake Road Shunga Park, August 1, 2013 Sunset, Washburn U., August 1, 2013
Flowers and shed roof, Meyer's Market, Lower Silver Lake Rd.
Sunset, 8-1-13
Sunset, Shunga Park, 8-1-13
Train Tracks, Lower Silver Lake Road crossing Removing the Highway 75 cloverleaf, July, 2013 A Removing the Highway 75 cloverleaf, July, 2013 B
Removing the Highway 75 cloverleaf, July, 2013
Upriver, Kansas River, January 2013 Downriver, Kansas River, January 2013 Mr. Ichabod Dome under construction, November 2012
Kansas River at boat landing, January 21, 2013
Mr. Ichabod at sunset
Dome under repair, Nov. 2012
View of Southwest Topeka from 29th & Wanamaker area Capitol dome copper repair
View of Wouthwest Topeka near 29th and Wnamaker
Cityscape, November, 2012
Top floor and false inner dome Verticakl view of inner Capitol dome Polished copper and new stenciling Restoration work conintues Looking several levels up a staircase
An August visit to the Kansas Capitol gives hints of how impressive the restoration work will be. Rotunda may be opened before October '12.
New stained glass John Steuart Curry's John Brown mural, Kansas State Capitol KS governor's office, temporary facility during renovation Copper columns are everywhere
New stained glass at the Kansas State Capitol John Steuart Curry's John Brown mural Governor's door, temporary Copper columns are everywhere
Kansas Capitol restored elevator Skyline detailing, Kansas State Capitol Kansas Capitol rotunda under renovation Kansas Capitol rotunda under renovation 2 Copperwork, Kansas Capitol dome
Restored elevator Skyline detailing Rotunda under renovation Rotunda under renovation #2 Capitol dome copper repair
The Eclective, in North Topeka Arts District, sells signed copies of all Max Yoho titles Harley Davidson, Topeka Eagle's Nest, in Harley Davidson complex, Topeka Outer space room, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
The Eclective (NOTO) has signed Max Yoho books Under ground level, Harley Davison, Topeka. + Eagle's Nest, west Outer Spece Room, Topeka Shawnee Co. Public Library
First spring flowers, late February, 2012 Westar's baby falcons Capitol domr renovation Looking SW toward Burnett's Mound from campus Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty
First spring flowers, late February, 2012. Westar's baby falcons. Can watch via live cam some years.
Dome renovation
SW toward Burnett's Mound from WU, 1-2011
Stickwork outside Mulvane
by Patrick Dougherty
soft sunset, Nov. 18, 2010 Halloween Moon Jack-o-lanterns' Evening sky, Oct. 21, 2010
November 18, 2010 Hallween moon, October, 2010 Jack-O-Lanterns, Halloween Evening sky with jet-trails
biggest crane in North America TSCPL after July storm, 2010 Downtown rain, April 2010 Flowering tree, downtown, Apr. 2010
Using the biggest crane in N. America on our KS State Capitol. Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library after July storm, 2010. Downtown rain, NE corner, 6th & Kansas Ave., April, 2010. Blooming tree, downtown, April, 2010.
sun in the blooms 1 sun in the blooms 2 peppers growing downtown Topeka water diamonds in the spiderweb sunflowers in the corn, near the Goodyear Plant high clouds over Topeka
Sunset over Fairlawn Plaza, Nov. '08
Lustron home, Windsor Ct., Topeka
Lustron home, 10th St., Topeka
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, entrance
Oldest Topeka tree, SE corner Huntoon and Clay
Capitol dome, July 2008
Sunset over Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center, Nov. 2008
Prefabricated steel with porcelain-enamel-coated panels.
Lustron Corporation constructed 2560 Lustron homes between 1949 and 1950. Read personal memory about building home at right above. See also: NYTimes , 7-18-2008.
TSCPL, 12-2007
Oldest Topeka
, a locust, Huntoon/
Kansas Capitol dome, July 2008
Shunga Creek, back in her banks, June 2007 Indian longhouse, built on the grounds of Kansas State History Center Washburn University Law School bronze eagle Fishstick, City of Topeka pet fish since 1995
Shunga Creek
Longhouse structure, once on the grounds of the Kansas State History Center, has been removed.
Eagle sculpture,
Washburn Law School
In Memorium:
Fishstick, City of Topeka
pet fish, 1995-2008.
Sunset, Washburn University campus, October 2005 Westboro neon Max at stone pavillion Carol at stone pavillion stone pavillion, south end, Lake Shawnee, Topeka stone pavillion, Lake Shawnee, Topeka
Washburn sunset,
Oct. 2005
Westboro Neon
May evening, near sunset, at stone pavillion, Lake Shawnee, Topeka
Sunset, early November, 2006 Sunset, looking west at 29th and Arrowhead, Sept. 2005 Sunset, looking west from 7th floor, Stormont-Vail Medical Center, April 2006 Same April sunset, 2006 Golden sky, sunset, April 2006
Sunset, early November 2006
Sunset, W. 29th St., Sept. 2005 Sunset, looking west from 7th floor, Stormont-Vail Medical Center, Apr. 2006
Sunset, April 2006
Sunset, April 2006
Topeka High School Spar from the U.S.S. Constitution, east entrance, Topeka High School Coneflowers, Washburn University campus More coneflowers Blace-eyed Susans, KSHS grounds

Above: Coneflowers, Washburn University
Left: Topeka High School & U.S.S. Constitution spar

Black-eyed Susans,
KSHS grounds 2005

Views from The Palace, converted to apts., downtown
Covered alleyway Jayhawk Hotel neon sign bricked up windows across alleyway  
Rooftop view of Capitol Church tower, Topeka High tower Tilework, The Palace Clothing Co.

Beautiful woodwork, Topeka home Devon Apartment, 12th & Western, Topeka
spindlework newlpost Devon, back area Devon, acute angle corner Devon arched entrance Devon Apartments

Topeka Fire Station #7 Topeka Fire Stateion #7 & truck Westboro Shopping Area Westboro, southwest corner of intersection
Topeka Fire Station #7 Fire Station #7 & truck Westboro Shopping Area Southwest corner, Westboro

Kansas State Capitol Building Kansas Capitol, Apr. 2005 Charles Curtis State Office Building Kansas Capitol dome & fountain Capitol dome refelcted in Curtis Office windows
Above & left:
Kansas Capitol 4-2005
Charles Curtis State Office Building Capitol dome & fountain Capitol dome reflection, Curtis Building
Fleming mansion, moved from 10th & Gage to SBA Hill New shopping center is ruining the countryside near SBA Hill Tower Building as Security Benefiat Association Hospital in the 1940s. Praire wildflowers at Kansas State Historical Society Wild sunflowers -- Kansas state flower
Fleming Mansion Construction is ruining SBA Hill Tower, SBA Prairie wildflowers, including Kansas sunflowers
Walkway carved through native sandstone foundation of Capitol building Dome motif in underground parking garage, state capitol State parking under Capitol grounds, Topeka Gage Park train 1 Gage Park train 2
New underground parking garage, Kansas Capitol. Walkway cut through foundation sandstone of the building. Neat fossils! Gage Park train runs through the park during nice weather months.
Local Perkins flag, sunset Nov. 6, 2004 eastern sky, sunset, Nov. 6, 2004 Campanile at dusk, Washburn University campus Mr. Ichabod, Washburn's mascot 1 Mr. Ichabod, Washburn's mascot 2 Washburn Student Union
Perkins flag
Sunset 11/6/2004
Campanile WU
Ichabod statue, Moore Bowl, Washburn University
Washburn U. Student Union
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius speaks on Capitol steps President George W. Bush joins Cheryl Brown Henderson onstage at the Monroe School site Young girl sits on adult shoulders to observe the occassion Brown v Board National Historic Site Entrance, Brown v Board National Historic Site
Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration, Brown v Board National Historic Site, Dedicated May 17, 2004. The ex-Monroe School is now Brown v Brd. National Historic Site
peacock vase, Topeka Room, TSCPL stained glass window, Topeka Room, TSCPL looking south at Chandler Pavilion near TSCPL back piece, Chandler Pavilion This carving was once part of the facade of the County Court House Large old cottonwood tree
Peacock vase and stained glass window are in the Topeka Room of the Topeka-Shawnee Co. Public Library New "Chandler Pavilion" is located in a small triangular park space between streets just south of the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library -- incorporates parts from old County Court House Huge old cottonwood tree grows in a private yard at 18th and Collins.
Student mural, student union, Washburn University Washburn University's Living Learning Center at sunset 2003-2004 Sculpture Exhibit, Washburn University: Louisiana artist Barret DeBusk's steel work, "Walking Bobs." Quincy St., downtown Lookiing South on Kansas Avenue Capitol dome, Feb. 2004
Student mural, student union, Washburn University
Washburn University's Living Learning Center at sunset
Barret DeBusk's "Walking Bobs," Washburn
Looking south along Quincy St., downtown from Top of the Tower, Feb. 2004
Looking south along Kansas Ar, downtown from Top of the Tower, Feb. 2004
Looking southwest at Capitol dome from Top of the Tower, Feb. 2004
Pet rabbit flying pig mobile capitol dome at sunset, October 2003 Capitol dome, photographed November 2004 St. Joseph's Church, 3rd and Van Buren, downtown Topeka plenty of artwork
Pet rabbit visits the Mountain-Plains Art Fair, spring 2003
Flying pig metal sculpture, Mountain-Plains Art Fair, Washburn U.
Capitol building at sunset,
October 2003
Capitol dome, photographed November 2004
Spires, St. Joseph's Church, downtown
Plenty of art, Mountain-Plains Art Fair, Washburn University, spring 2003
This row of rooms along 10th St. is rental property. I don't know the name, but they are rented as apartments. My dad says that shortly after WWII they were the only space available for rent in town.
Row of rental rooms Row from 10th Street Looking at row, straight South
Our famous neon Jayhawk sign, atop the Jayhawk Tower, formerly the Jayhawk Hotel.
Jayhawk Tower currently photo of the Jayhawk sign old postcard of the Jayhawk Hotel Pelletier's Building, downtown Topeka This is the old Pelletier's Building. It once housed downtown's Pelletier's Department Store. Now it has state offices.

fountain water basin and spigots
Devlin Apartments are just north of the park close up shot of  lion spigot head photo of entire fountain
Holiday Park Fountain
This restored fountain was installed in Holiday Park, 12th St. at Western Ave., just south of the Devon Apartment building.
This fountain was originally given to the city long ago by the national Humane Society. It was originally at 6th and Quincy, put there to water horses, dogs, cats and birds. The fountain began running at Holiday Park in summer 2002. The Holiday Park area has an active neighborhood association.

Budweiser Clydesdales -- summer 2001, state capitol grounds
Clydesdales in harness huge horses stand tall horses seem trained to accept crowds of people paired team of Clydesdales close up photo of huge horse hooves crowd of spectators
In double harness
Team leads
Head and shoulders above the crowd
Budweiser Clydesdales get plenty of attention
Enormous hooves!
Topekans crowded the north side of the capitol building to view Clydesdale closely

Abe Lincoln statue and capitol dome
Abe Lincoln bronze statue, Topeka capitol grounds
Abe's face and capitol dome
Methodist home, north facade Methodist home, east facade
Kansas Capitol dome
as seen from the Abe Lincoln statue
on the statehouse grounds.
The statue was done by Robert Merrell Gage and dedicated in 1918. Abe's face and the
state Capitol dome,
Topeka, Kansas.
Topeka's Methodist Home, north facade. Topeka Methodist Home, east facade.
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Ad Astra zoomed close As Astra Per Aspera interstate interchange Plaza, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka soon to be Overland Station
Renovated and expanded, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library celebrated Grand Opening in Jan. 2002 Scaffolding came off and Ad Astra stood tal in February 2003. Kanza Indian statue has been placed on the state capitol dome. Interstate interchange near the Kansas History Center Plaza, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. North Topeka's Great Overland Station--a train museum in the making.
capitol 1 capitol 2 front entrance Potowattomie Indian Mission Potawatomi Baptist Indian Mission, Topeka Columbian Building
The Capitol building peaks between businesses at 9th and Kansas Ave. The sun is setting in the west, behind the Capitol dome. Liberty Building, front entrance, W. 6th St. This was once a Potawatomi Indian Mission. Now it is a part of the Kansas History Center. View from south, Potawatomi Baptist Indian Mission. Historic Columbian Building, W. 6th St.
capitol view at sunset
view looking toward Kansas River
Kansas Ave. at night
capitol view at night Greer House Matrot Castle
Capitol building from Top of the Tower, Bank Building, 6th and Kansas Ave. Looking northwest from Top of the Tower Kansas Ave., looking south from Top of the Tower. Capitol building after dark, from Top of the Tower. Greer House. Built in the 1860's. Thought to be the oldest surviving stone house in the city. Matrot Castle, built in Topeka by French Hugonauts. Now a winery.

Ross Row House — 500 block of Van Buren St. , Topeka:
exterior view bannisters and balistrades kitchen area open for business deters pigeons Max and Jenny, photographer
Exterior. The stone part was built earliest. New wrought iron enhances the exterior, Oct. 2000. Kitchen area. Parts are now businesses. Parts will be museum. Narrow needles point upward. to ward off pigeon-rousting. Bet it works!! Owned by
Historic Topeka and restored for Open House.

dramatic sunset public library addition Hotel Kansan Old Main, Topeka State Hospital

Shunga Park trail area

This dramatic sunset was photographed in mid-October 2000. The addition to the Public Library is nearing completion. This building, once the Hotel Kansan, is now private residences. Old Center Building has been demolished. Was part of the now-closed Topeka State Hospital.

Shunga Park trail, Oct. 15, 2000.

sculpture by Jim Bass Mulvane Court Mulvane Court New Blaisedale pool
Sculpture in Mulvane Court is by Jim Bass, Topeka. Mulvane Court is tucked between sections of the Fine Arts building at Washburn U. Mulvane Court view. Renovated Blaisdale Swimming Pool, Gage Park.
irrigation KS Historical Society sculpture new library edition, 8-00 Bell tower, Washburn U. Hicks Block WWI monument, Gage Park
North edge of town, near a family-run produce farm where we buy sweet corn. This sculpture of an Indian and buffalo is at the center of a fountain located at the Kansas History Museum. This photo of progress in construction at the 
Public Library was taken 8/15/00.
Washburn University is the nation's only municipally-owned university--owned by the city of Topeka. Hicks Block. Beautiful Victorian apartment building, built around 1889 at 6th and Tyler. Eagle, Gage Park.

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from e-mail: I just had a beautiful trip throughout my old hometown! Surfing the site of Topeka I found your pictures. Thank you very much. Many pictures are remembered. I grew up in Topeka and lived there for 23 years when I married and moved eventually to New Hampshire. I miss Topeka and all the old haunts. Will enjoy more if you add them to you show! I am now 78 years old, and still come back to my hometown often. Thanks again. I'm one of the Stolpe Girls. —Eleanore Janetos  3/21/2007

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