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Learn about Southeast Kansas' mining history during 50 Plus day trip on July 12
POSTED: 06/16/2016
Discover how coal mining became the economic base of the towns in Crawford County in southeast Kansas, during a mid-July June day trip being offered by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

This trip, called Mining Memories, will take participants to the town of Franklin, where they can break for a sack lunch or snacks prior to embarking on a docent-guided tour at the Miners’ Hall Museum. The group will then journey to West Mineral to see Big Brutus, the largest electric shovel in the world. After that, travelers will head to Pittsburg and stop at the Miners’ Memorial at Immigrant Park. Of course, no visit is complete without stopping at one of the city's famous fried chicken restaurants. Enjoy an early dinner around 4 p.m. at Chicken Mary’s, winner of the Food Network’s chicken wars.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

This trip will leave at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, and return at approximately 7 p.m. that day. The cost is for this nine-hour day trip, including dinner, transportation, and tours, is $79 per person. Participants should bring a sack lunch or snacks. For more information or to register, call (913) 826-3030. To see this program online at, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 33373.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus trip are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability.

Printed copies of JCPRD’s Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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