The temp said 108 degrees as we rode into Lecompton, Kansas.
This small Kansas town was once named Bald Eagle (hence the sign), but was changed to Lecompton after the chief justice of the territorial supreme court: Mr. Samuel Lecompte. Lecompton was the center of the territorial government.
And is known as the birth place of the Civil War.
In 1855, a Lecompton Constitution was written establishing Kansas as a slave state. But the constitution was rejected nationally as it was one of the big topics in the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The seed of a massive debate was born, a debate that ended in war. Lecompton continued to be a place where pivotal decisions were made in American history but because we didn’t really get to see more than the outsides of buildings, I won’t go any further with the historical facts.
Except to say …
Later, in 1863 Lane University was established in Lecompton, a school which Dwight Eisenhower’s parents attended.
Right now there are three or four historic Lecompton buildings on the National Historic Register. – and it was rated one of the best five small towns in Kansas by the people of the state.
But none of that made much difference on that 108 degree July afternoon.
The town was quiet, empty and extremely … hot.
Hungry – we found a storefront restaurant on the empty main street – Aunt Netters.
Inside, a young girl and guy worked behind the counter. A display of cupcakes were behind a glass counter and cupcakes mobiles hung from the windows. We were the only ones there.
We enjoyed a good, homemade lunch and then we debated whether or not to get a cupcake and eventually decided against it – which was a good thing, because we soon realized that the place had actually closed while we were there. (The time was 2:00.)
Once outside, we decided to walk down the street (yes, the street itself) and check out one of the historic buildings – Constitution Hall. Not surprisingly – it was closed. But even though it was 108 degrees (Did I say that already?), the walk was pleasant. Heading back to the car, we passed another historic building – the Radical United Brethren Church.
I don’t think we saw even one person the entire time we were in town (except the two people at the restaurant), but when I look the restaurant up on TripAdvisor, it had a lot of ratings, so there must be people there sometime!
A peaceful town on a peaceful afternoon.