Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bartlesville, OK & Chanute, KS

(Chuck) The Phillips Petroleum Company Museum was another on our list of Oklahoma museums to see. It was a very good stop. We have been very impressed with Oklahoma and its people and history. Phillips has always been a familiar name in our household. My father started in the fertilizer business with Phillips Petroleum as a fertilizer dealer in Iowa. After our Army duty we joined my parents in the business. We retailed Anhydrous Ammonia which is a nitrogen fertilizer. We also sold Phosphorus and Potassium in dry and liquid forms which were also used as fertilizer for corn and soybeans. Through the 60’s and 70’s Phillips was a pioneer in the business but was overtaken by other companies in later years. Admission is free to the museum and it is an educational visit.

(Jan) Heading into Kansas, we both noticed that this is solidly Midwest country with it’s lush grass and pastures.  The trees and bushes are leafed out; it’s definitely spring here in America’s heartland! Our overnight stop for Friday and 031Saturday is in Chanute, KS 016at their lovely city park where the first two nights of stay (with E&W) are free! Friday was spent doing household chores, walking and biking. On Saturday we visited a hidden gem of a museum.

The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum is located in Chanute which was Osa’s hometown. Married at ages 16 and 26 they traveled extensively and filmed movies in the South Pacific, Asia and Africa. Their movies where the first ever showing wild animals from Africa. The museum has a large collection of African masks from all over Africa as well as a delightful way of telling about the couple’s adventures as they traveled. Click on the link above to read more.

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103 - CopyWe’ve enjoyed walking here today and stopping by to watch several games of Kick Ball at the local ball fields. Local teams are competing and raising money for Relay for Life, a cancer benefit. This evening we were delighted to welcome a local couple, Dave & Alice Robinson in for a visit. We had a fun conversation about the RVing lifestyle and our visit here in Chanute.

Tomorrow is Easter and also, Chuck’s 62nd Birthday. Happy Birthday to my husband and best friend and Easter Blessing to all of our family and friends.


Nancy said...

Another entertaining and interesting post. I loved the small museum you found in Kansas. Those are always the best experiences! Happy Happy Birthday Chuck.
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ourbusandus said...

Reading about your fertilizer business reminded me of the explosion we heard while we were in Coffeyville, working for Amazon. We thought it was something at the refinery, but, found out later it was the fertilizer plant. Man, we thought a bomb had gone off, it was that scary!!! Guess that stuff can be pretty dangerous!

Hugs, Sharon & Ron

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