Monday, June 14, 2010

June 9 - Saturday afternoon continued

The former railroad depot, once home to a large Harvey Girls restaurant, now houses the Chanute Public library on one side and the Safari Museum on the other side.

This sculpture was given to the City of Chanute by a high school class in the 1940s.  The plane part of the sculpture actually turns in the wind.  Chanute is named for Octave Chanute, the man who convinced the powers that be to have the railroad come through town.  Octave was also a mentor to the Wright Brothers, hence the airplane.

We checked out the caboose and engine after lunch.  The engine was used for the Monarch Cement Company which is still in business.  One of Jason's relatives came to Chanute over 100 years ago to work at Monarch Cement.

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