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Whitewater, Kansas

Kansas - It's dear to the heart of Virginia Allain. She grew up there & loves the big skies, the prairies, the small towns, & history.

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Exploring This Butler County Town

Whitewater is slightly off the beaten track. I visited it because I have a relative staying at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater.

Although I'd been to the nursing home a number of times, this time I took the time to wander around town. If you're in the area, I'd recommend stopping by to see some of the architectural gems in this small Kansas town.

I'll give you a glimpse with some photos and descriptions below, that way, even if you're unable to visit in person, you can enjoy this quaint town via photography.

Photo by Virginia Allain

Looks Like a Sleepy Little Town - at first glance

Main Street in Whitewater KS

Main Street in Whitewater KS

Actually there's more going on in Whitewater than the relatively empty streetscape shows. Browse below to see some of the businesses and some interesting architectural sights in the small town.

The next time you go through a small town, I suggest stopping and taking in the details of local businesses and meet some of the people.

Capture your day with photographs and videos to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Saunter Down the Street to See the Mural - on the side of the pizza shop

It's always fun to discover a mural in an unexpected place. This one in Whitewater, Kansas is on the side of the pizza shop.

It's always fun to discover a mural in an unexpected place. This one in Whitewater, Kansas is on the side of the pizza shop.

Some of the town's buildings are beautiful both inside and outside. From murals to vintage ceiling tiles, I hope you enjoy the trip through some of these via my photography.

I really enjoyed taking photos in this small town that day! There really was much more to see than I anticipated. I love looking through these again and again. They bring back lovely memories of an enjoyable day...

Look at the Ceiling (almost every building in town has a vintage tin ceiling)

old tin ceiling, whitewater KS

old tin ceiling, whitewater KS

Another Beautiful Tin Ceiling

I was so glad the stores in town hadn't ripped out the vintage tin ceilings. So beautiful.

I was so glad the stores in town hadn't ripped out the vintage tin ceilings. So beautiful.

The Bank of Whitewater - Click on each photo to enlarge it.

It stands on a corner lot. Small but intriguing.

It stands on a corner lot. Small but intriguing.

The steps show the wear of many feet over the years.

The steps show the wear of many feet over the years.

Notice the interesting brick and stone details.

Notice the interesting brick and stone details.

Go inside to see the wonderfully carved counter. I think it's walnut.

Go inside to see the wonderfully carved counter. I think it's walnut.

More detailed woodwork.

More detailed woodwork.

The bank has its original tin ceiling.

The bank has its original tin ceiling.

The bank has a very attractive logo.

The bank has a very attractive logo.

More about the Vintage Bank in Whitewater, Kansas

It was love at first sight when I saw the old bank building in the town of Whitewater. The unique architecture of this bank building, the beautiful walnut woodwork inside, and the decorative tin ceiling are really special.

In the late 1800s, the town built a charming bank on a corner. It's constructed of brick with a stone base and stone windowsills. The stone is probably Kansas limestone.

Notice that the gold lettering in the glass above the door has been replicated on the bank's stationery and cards.

One of the photos above shows the attention to detail around the top of the building and above the windows.

Take time to go inside. It was some years ago that I visited, but I'm thinking the clerk said the carved woodwork was walnut. That tree grows readily in Kansas. It would be interesting to know who the craftsman was who did the carving.

Don't forget to look up and see the stamped tin ceiling. It's pretty impressive and fits the pristine period look of this bank.

The Grain Elevator Dominates the Skyline

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Wheat Is a Major Crop in Butler County, Kansas

This video shows a harvest crew in eastern Kansas, but similar scenes would be seen around Whitewater during harvest time.

  • Whitewater, Kansas detailed profile
    Whitewater, Kansas (KS 67154) profile: population, maps, real estate, averages, homes, statistics, relocation, travel, jobs, schools, crime, moving, houses, news,
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    Official Website for Whitewater, Kansas - contains lots of links to businesses, organizations, churches, etc.

The Mennonite Church Burned in Whitewater - in 2008

More about the Mennonites in Whitewater, Kansas

© 2010 Virginia Allain

Do You Like Exploring Small Towns?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on February 25, 2013:

@OhMe: Thank you for visiting Whitewater via the Internet. I love poking around tiny towns in Kansas when I visit family there.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on February 25, 2013:

I think Small Towns are fascinating and I guess that is because I have lived in one almost my whole life. Whitewater, Kansas sounds particularly interesting especially the vintage tin ceilings. I enjoyed this visit and learning about Whitewater, Kansas

Ann from Yorkshire, England on February 24, 2013:

Love small towns and Whitewater looks a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing

Gayle from McLaughlin on July 13, 2011:

I love small towns! When we are on vacation we usually go off the beaten path! Love this lens!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on May 19, 2011:

I love small towns like this, to visit, not to live. I grew up in a small town (250 people) and the charm of the buildings and friendliness of the people is great. I love your photos of the tin ceilings and the buildings.

justholidays on May 05, 2011:

Indeed! I LOVE exploring small towns and Whitewater looks attractive for someone like me who doesn't like big towns. I particularly like the bank, this reminds me the time banks were small and friendly...

jolou on May 04, 2011:

Yes, I love them. There are so many lovely ones in my province and Washington state that I love to explore. The city I live in isn't very big either, I prefer that to really large cities.

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on May 04, 2011:

yes i love to explore small towns/villages in our part of the world. your photos are amazing.

ChrisDay LM on May 04, 2011:

Yes, fascinating. This one's a gem. I feel very threatened by the skyscraper downtowns of some cities. Lovely lens thanks.

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on May 03, 2010:

Never been to Whitewater! If I ever go I'm heading for that mural, it's amazing!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on May 03, 2010:

There are so many interesting small towns in Kansas. I was able to travel to many of them when Kansas was part of my region at work. I've never been to Whitewater though. Thanks for an informative visit!

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