On June 21st, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. the Concordia Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the listing of Oil Well Hill as one of the premiere sunset viewing areas in Kansas, as listed in The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers, a project of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation.
“I’ve always thought the top of my hill had a fabulous view,” says Susie Haver, Director of Cloud County Convention and Tourism. “I grew up there so I’ve been able to look at it for a long time and I’m just happy to be able to share the view with others. The ribbon cutting makes it really official!”
To celebrate the event, guests were invited to partake in kite flying and Cass-a-roll-a-rama, another word for potluck, which started at 6:30 p.m. Guests brought their own lawn chairs, kites, bug spray and Cass-a-roll-a-rama goodies. Due to high winds, the Cass-a-roll-a-rama was moved to Jamestown Community Center on Spruce St. on the east side of Jamestown.
“Since potlucks are so popular in rural Kansas, I thought it would be appropriate to have a Cass-a-roll-a-rama,” says Haver. “Plus Cass-a-roll-a-rama just rolls off your tongue!”
In addition, co-authors Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe attended the event and signed copies of The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers. Penner and Rowe spent four years going to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas in addition to visiting several hundred spots in the country. The 480-page, coil-bound book weighs over two pounds and is chock full of information that will keep anyone interested in Kansas road trips busy for quite a long time. Along with 4,500 entries that provide descriptions, directions, hours, and contact information, there are also more than 1,600 color pictures.
The book is designed to help achieve the mission of the Kansas Sampler Foundation which is to preserve and sustain rural culture," Penner says, “Though the book reads like a travel guide, it’s intended to help people get to know the state and learn about towns of every size.”
Among the diverse entries, guidebook users will find historic bridges, beautiful statues, specialty shops, quirky sites, little known points-of-interest, cemetery finds, and back road scenic drives statewide. The guidebook is available for purchase at the Cloud County Convention & Tourism gift shop.