Cherokee County


Spring 2018: ‘History on Route 66’ Sneak Peek!

Posted on March 14th, by admin in Businesses, Magazine, Places. No Comments

History on Route 66
Old Riverton Store a fixture of SEK – and Route 66 – since 1925

On the small, 13.2-mile stretch of Route 66 that calls Kansas home, there’s a business that’s been operating since 1925 – one year before the Mother Road was even established.

Old Riverton Store might very well be the oldest continuously operating business on Route 66. To the hundreds of overseas tourists – from China, Australia, Italy, you name it – who visit it each year, the store is a must-stop for Route 66 history and nostalgia. For Riverton folks, it’s simply a staple of everyday life.

“I can’t imagine there’s another business like this on Route 66 that was around in 1925,” says Scott Nelson, who took over Old Riverton Store in 2010. “It’s just always been here…”

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Winter 2016: “Dine & Dream” Sneak Peek!

Posted on November 13th, by admin in Magazine, Places. No Comments

Dine & Dream
Traditional B&B meets reservation-only fine dining at the Smittle House

Ena Smittle likes to say that she has the most fun job she could possibly have in Columbus, Kansas.

You can’t argue with that. 

At Smittle House Bed & Breakfast, Ena and her husband, John, have entertained guests from France to Costa Rica to just down the street. Some visitors come for a relaxing overnight getaway. Others come to eat one of John and Ena’s famous reservation-only, six-course dinners. One thing’s always the same, though: John and Ena make sure their guests leave happy.

“Who else in Columbus is getting to entertain these incredible people from all over the world?” John says. “There’s nothing else we could be doing that our lives would ever cross paths with them. It’s amazing…”

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