|Driving north from Comanche County we stopped at one of my favorite
Kansas: Mushroom Rock
State Park in Ellsworth County,
It is west of Brookville, two miles south of Highway 140. These
rocks are part of the Dakota Sandstone Formation of the Smokey
region in central Kansas.
|My Grandfather Miller graduated from what is now
Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina
in 1914. While in college he visited the
Rocks with his KWU geology class. These photos
are from his album. I had seen the photos long
before I stumbled upon this
wonderful place. People are no longer allowed to climb around on the large mushroom rock formation.
Also visit: Rock City, Ottawa County, KS, near Minneapolis
Rec'd from e-mail about Mushroom Rock State Park:
In or about 1905, these rock formations were in the north west corner of the 160 acre farm belonging to my grand dad, John Hornischer. That’s the year my deceased mother was born in Salina, KS. Her family was living on the farm outside of Carneiro, KS. We’ve even located the rock foundation/basement of the farmhouse in which they lived.
At one time, they lived in Carneiro where Granddaddy Hornischer ran a blacksmith shop. The blacksmith shop was in the basement, entered from the rear of the house. The family residence was located above the shop. We’ve located that rock foundation, also. The frame house was still standing when we discovered it several years ago. It has since deteriorated and collapsed.
We have a cousin living in Kanapolis, Betty Smith, who we visit when we travel from our homes in Texas to visit family in Colorado. We enjoy riding through the park when we pass that way.
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