Kansas - It's dear to the heart of Virginia Allain. She grew up there & loves the big skies, the prairies, the small towns, & history.
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
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.
Do Some Shopping in Whitewater
Saunter Down the Street to See the Mural - 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)
Another Beautiful Tin Ceiling
Hungry? Whitewater Has Choices
The Bank of Whitewater - Click on each photo to enlarge it.
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
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,
- City of Whitewater, Kansas
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
- Emmaus Mennonite Church (Whitewater, Kansas, USA)
Article in the Encyclopedia - Global Anabaptist
- Grace Hill Mennonite Church
Grace Hill Mennonite Church: Information about our church, it's vision and theology, services and mission.
- Mob Violence and Kansas Mennonites in 1918 by James C. Juhnke
Kansas Mennonites bore the brunt of local anti-German hostility aroused in the U.S. preceding and during World War I
© 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!