“The road from appearance to reality is often very hard and long, and many people make only very poor travelers. We must forgive them when they stagger against us as if against a brick wall.” —Franz Kafka

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Off to Tonganoxie

Chief Tonganoxie
When Kockatowha died as Chief of the Turkey Band in 1861, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs refused to recognize Tonganoxie as the chosen successor. Not to worry. Tonganoxie won. He has a city in Kansas named after him. I'm sure that's more than the racist commissioner got for his trouble. Not only that, Tonganoxie's old lodge/tavern still stands. Of course, at this point it's a ghost bar but is more popular than ever now that the drinks are free.


5 comments:

Roy said...

I guess I'll have to go check that one out. It promises to be more interesting than the Worlds Largest Ball of Twine, in western Kansas.

asha said...

Yes, although the World's Largest Ball of Twine itself may contain a few secrets.... Jimmy Hoffa.

Roy said...

There once was a girl named Roxie
Whose home was in Tonganoxie,

. . . . . . . . . . (10 minutes elapse) . . . . . .

nevermind.

Don said...

She took crime-boss swine,
Balled him up in some twine,
And everyone said she had moxie.

Roy said...

. . .
People said, Roxie, my dear
What's keeping you here?
And she replied, it's the epoxy.