Monday, April 29, 2013

Z is for Zenda, Kansas

Z was a hard one to come up with some place that we have visited that starts with a Z. We have not visited New Zealand so that wasn't an option. And I have not yet been to Zurich. But here in the state of Kansas we do have a tiny little town named Zenda.

And Zenda is tiny. In the 2010 census there were only  90 residents living inside of 44 households in Zenda.  This little town has dwindled down from the 2000 census when there were 123 people living there. That means that it is a very, very tiny town. I cannot even image what life in this little town would be like.

Zenda, Kansas is located in Kingman County. They have a grade school that educates grades kindergarten through 8th  grade.  They have a municipal building that also houses the towns tiny, but award-winning, library.

The Zenda Jail still stands on Main Street. It is a tiny concrete box with iron rings attached to the floor to shackle the prisoners. It is a safe bet to say this jail has not been used for a number of years.
The town started out being called Rochester, Kansas. But the story is told that because there were so many other towns in the country with the name of Rochester they decided to change the name. The wife of a Santa Fe Railroad conductor  had read the novel "The Prisoner of Zenda" and  thought the name Zenda was nice so  the name was changed.
If you decide that you want to visit Zenda, come look me up. I only live about 50 miles away.





Until next April, that is the end of Blogging from A to Z, the April challenge.
I will be back with a reflections post to let you know what I learned along the way.



                                                                              

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations on having made it!

    http://effervescencia.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Udita! And congrats to you too.

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  2. I've so enjoyed meeting you even if we did meet more than half way thru the challenge. I'll be back :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing some information about Zenda. I wasn't familiar with that town until reading your blog post. I've never been to Kansas either but I have some buddies who are from there. The only two places that I'm vaguely familiar with are Wichita and Wamego. I'd like to visit Kansas one day just to see how it is over there. I've been trying to find resources for land because I want to build a house, so it would be nice to see what the U.S. has to offer outside of the Northern States that have been my stomping ground for a long time.

    I second Udita's congrats on your making it through our April blogathon. Cheers to you....I can't believe you're taking on another daily challenge in May. Back-to-Back blogging...you're a true trooper!

    ~Nicole
    2013 #atozchallenge Co-Host
    www.madlabpost.com

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    1. I don't know if I am a true trooper but this will be my third challenge! A to Z was the second one. If you make it to Wichita, Kansas I am only 50 miles west. Look me up!

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  4. Sounds like my hometown where I was raised in the early years of my life. It hasn't grown much. I love towns like this though. So much neat things to photograph and explore.

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    1. Oh I cannot imagine living in such a small place

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  5. That is a small jail.

    Congrats on finishing A-to-Z!

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  6. Great job finishing A-Z! I'm glad we're doing the May challenge together. BTW, did you do a re-design too? Looks good!

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    1. Thank you. It wasn't hard at all. I am looking forward to the May challenge. I haven't done a recent design change, but I am always changing up things here.

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