"Home is where the heart is..."
 
Home is where you hang your hat
and your heart---Cedar Vale, KS
 
Full of random musings, observations, reflections, things we love, bit of history, events in our life and the area, humor and much more..
'Home is where the Heart is....' is dedicated to our ancestors, 
our families, our military and our veterans.
'Home is Where the Heart Is...' website created by a small town gal and dedicated to her ancestors.
"Home is Where the Heart Is..." website created by a small town gal and dedicated to her ancestors.
NOTICE: We are in the process of making some changes to the site. We are updating several pages, some may no longer be available. We have turned off several pages as we are working on them, others we are considering deleting. If you have a favorite page that you wish for us to continue please leave us a comment in the Corral Forum under the General Discussion area, or send us an email. 

Pages that are turned off at this time are: News and Announcements, Events page,  Kansas Links Page, Organizations and Churches, Schools and Healthcare, City of Cedar Vale. A couple of  these pages may not be returning unless there is enough people who wish for them to continue. We appreciate all that continue to visit the page.  We hope to be fully up and running again in the near future. In meantime please check back often and let us know how you like the changes. 
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Thank you From the Home is where the Heart Is-Cedar Vale, Ks., Porch Sittin', and the DiamondsnSpurs admins 
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Cedar Vale and area folks....
By 'Home is where the heart is...' ©SBDS2017
March 13, 2017
Photo Credits: ©Chelsea Alcorn and ©Amy Potter

These area ranch families, Lance and Chelsea Alcorn, Chris and Amy Potter, and Russell and Chelsea Powell saw a need and decided to help those affected by the fires this week in Ashland/Meade, KS area. What started with them grew into something greater as donations began pouring in. As word spread, people began donating items. From baked goods, to clothes and money, along with food, feed for cattle, milk replacer, horses, tack, fence supplies, saddles, plus many working hands. They set out Monday afternoon and headed west with loaded trailers to help out those who have suffered great losses and to give them a helping hand.

We thanked them and told them what a wonderful thing they were doing, but as is typical of ranch and farm families and rural folks, they are also quite humble about what they are doing---"It was seriously amazing to see all the generous donations from everyone. All we did was build the bridge to get from Cedar Vale to Meade. Nothing too special." ~Chelsea Alcorn

As one person so aptly stated 'ranchers and farmers are the most humble people I know'. We couldn't agree more and we would further expand this to all in this rural area as they are some of the most giving people we know when others are in need.

We wholeheartedly agree with Amy Potter that "Rural America is amazing".

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At the End of day....
December 27, 2016
By 'Home is where the heart is...' ©SBDS2016All Rights Reserved
Photo Credit & courtesy of: ©Denise Corbett Photography 2016 All Rights Reserved

At the End of day....
"As nightfall commences at the end of this December day
There is quiet beauty and comfort to behold
As one takes an eventide stroll
Streetlights awaken, shining brightly like twinkling stars
Casting a warm glow on the street below
In this rural town
Where I hang my hat and heart.."~by'Home is where the heart is...'~

"Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star." ~Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Our Hometown Newspaper 'The Cedar Vale Lookout'
By Home is where the heart is..©SBDS2016All Rights Reserved

Love our small town newspaper. Not many towns this size still have a local newspaper. The news for towns this size and smaller usually wind up as a blip in a column in some larger city's paper in the area. We feel blessed that Cedar Vale still has a weekly newspaper. It is important for a small town to have a local paper and have a source of information they can trust.

Each week you may find birth, death, engagement and wedding news as well as anniversary celebrations of locals or of those who once made Cedar Vale their home. News items pertaining to school events and sporting events keeps one up to date with school happenings. A community calendar notes the various events/happenings taken place the next week. There is a weather report from previous week, menus for friendship meals and you don't want to forget to read the advertisements for local businesses so you don't miss a bargain or what they have to offer right here locally as well as in Chautauqua county. Although, 'The Cedar Vale Lookout' is comprised of much local and county area news, it continues to remain relevant in today's media environment with applicable state and national news.

If you haven't read 'The Cedar Vale Lookout', put this on your to do list. There are several places to buy locally or in the county or you can subscribe and receive in the mail each week. It may be a small town newspaper, but it is packed with local news, as well as pertinent area towns and county, state and national news. You'll be glad you did.

"That endless book, the newspaper, is our national glory." Henry Ward Beecher

Home is where the heart is...
 
 
Secluded and peaceful  with beautiful vistas, Cedar Vale, Kansas is a destination for all seasons and has a style like no other town. We enjoy leisurely strolls along the main street and taking a step into the past as we experience this century old town located in Chautauqua County, Kansas, where there are historic homes, buildings, and the Cedar Vale museum which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Nestled in the heartland of America in the Chautauqua Hills, outdoor opportunities abound. Fishing is popular on the Caney River, Cedar Creek and the many watershed lakes and ponds throughout the area.  The area is also a popular hunting spot with an abundance of deer, quail, and turkey. The surrounding countryside includes many scenic areas, camping, fishing, hunting, horsepacking, hiking, swimming, , photography, and a large array of remarkable views for the artist.
 
Double Rainbow Arch Bridge Old Hwy 160 1/2 east of Cedar Vale, Ks.
Double Rainbow Arch Bridge Old Hwy 160 1/2 east of Cedar Vale, Ks.

Cedar Vale, Kansas is a rustic picturesque town located in the heartland of America just off of Highway 166 in the western part of Chautauqua County. The town of Cedar Vale is situated in a beautiful valley in the Chautauqua Hills.  Cedar Vale was once referred to as "The Gem City of the Sunflower State....Cedar Vale is the most enterprising Little City on Earth.." in the book"Dawn of the Twentieth Century 1901". Today Cedar Vale is a farming and ranching community, but is also home to many other businesses which are integral parts of the local economy.  Cedar Vale is a town with beautiful old homes, churches and historic downtown buildings, a school with grades from pre-K through high school, lovely parks, swimming pool, and many more amenities.
 
With the tangled rugged beauty of the Ozark Plateau beginning in southeast Kansas, most people are surprised to discover the Little Ozarks, where the landscape is full of wooded hills and winding rivers, and includes the towns of Cedar Vale, Sedan and many other southeast Kansas county towns. You are likely to see buffalo roaming the range, as well as working cattle ranches, or a cowboy on horseback along the the dusty roads. It is a rustic area where the Old West has met the New West. Much of the area looks as it did in the 1800's and the early 1900's when cowboys were driving millions of cattle up from Texas. Back then Kansas had two things no other state could offer, grass and railroads. There are beautiful countryside vistas,  history filled museums and historic buildings. For the outdoor sportsman there is fishing and hunting. You'll find lots of wildlife, with turkey, quail and deer which are often seen in the countryside.


 
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...If they ever saw a sunrise on a mountain morning
Or watched those cotton candy clouds go by
Then they'd know why I live beneath these western skies

I got peace of mind and elbow room
I love to smell the sage in bloom
Or catch a rainbow on my fishin' line
We've got county fairs and rodeos
There ain't a better place for my kids to grow
Just turn 'em loose in the western summer time 
... Chris LeDoux,
Western Skies

To Our Veteran's and Military
 

To our military and our Veterans, we thank you for your service to our country. Your heroism and bravery are the only reasons we have the freedoms we have today. God Bless you and God Bless America!

 

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God Bless America

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Veteran's War Memorial Monument. Thanks to all who are working hard at installing this monument to our veterans and lay
Veteran's War Memorial Monument. Thanks to all who are working hard at installing this monument to our veterans and laying the bricks.
Veteran's War Memorial Monument


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AROUND TOWN....
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Myers Family Center
A locally owned and operated pharmacy, which has  been serving the community for 42 years.Myers Family Center is an independent pharmacy that offers personalized service for your health, beauty and pharmacy needs. Located in the heart of town, they offer a variety of other items and services including over the counter health and beauty products, gifts, toys, greeting cards for all occasions/holidays, balloon bouquets, wrapping paper and ribbon, jewelry, candy, office and school supplies, as well as the ability to make a duplicate keys.
 
Myers Family Center looks forward to welcoming you to their store. Come visit, shop and enjoy!
Open Monday- Friday
620-758-2711
LODGING
 
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Cedar Creek Lodge 
Cedar Vale, Kansas.
Whether visiting the area, or attending one of the many annual events held throughout the year, or need a place to stay during hunting season, CEDAR CREEK LODGE has accommodations for all your needs.
Clean, comfortable rooms starting at $55.00/night  Amenities include Satellite TV, Coin Laundry, Refrigerator,Microwave

Cedar Creek Lodge is located in the heart of Cedar Vale, Kansas and is within walking distance to all downtown shops. We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Call 620-249-9362 for Reservations.
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Hunter's Roost
Seasonal Walk-in Hunting
Bow Hunting
Deer -Turkey
4-Wheeling - Fishing
Ponds - Creeks
4 Bedrooms plus 1 hideabed
Completely furnished-bedding-cooking ware- dishes
Washer - Dryer
VCR-TV
No Phone - No TV Reception
Window AC

For Reservations
620-758-2498
wsrogers@hughes.net
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Short Stop Convenience Store & Hunting Lodge
Short Stop, Inc.

1520 Marsh
Cedar Vale, KS 67024


Hunting Lodge

Lodge #1
1508 Marsh
Cedar Vale, KS 67024


Lodge #2
1309 Walnut
Cedar Vale, KS 67024

For Reservations:
620-758-2263 or 620-216-0099
Owner-Shawne Fulsom
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Campgrounds

City of Cedar Vale
Hewins Park & Pavilion
10 -12 spaces with Hook-ups
Call Cedar Vale City Hall
Open 8 am to 4 PM
Monday -Friday
620-758-2244

Cedar Vale, Kansas
DINING
Cedar Vale has a restaurant/cafe, convenience store with pizza/sandwiches, etc., as well as a grocery store for all your dining needs.
 
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Hilltop Restaurant
1104 Walnut
Cedar Vale, KS 67024
620-758-5075
Open
Mon-Sat  6:00am - 8:00pm
Sundays from 6:00am-2:00pm

Bar open till Midnight Friday and Saturday
Daily Specials
Salad Bar
Sunday Buffet
 
Hilltop Cafe is committed to serving you delicious homestyle meals. Their friendly staff and comfortable decor will create a memorable dining experience complete with daily specials and fresh salad bar or order your favorite item from the
menu. After enjoying your meal, be sure and ask about
their delicious homemade pies and deserts.
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Short Stop, Inc.
Convenience Store & Hunting Lodge

1520 Marsh
Cedar Vale, KS 67024
620-758-2263
Groceries & Fresh Vegetables
Breakfast Items, Fast Food Items
Party Trays, Catering
We deliver Groceries, Pizza, Sub Sandwiches, & Fast Foods
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Cedar Vale Market
613 Cedar Street
Cedar Vale, Kansas
Monday-Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm
Closed Sundays
(620) 758-5090
 
Check out our seasonal Fresh Floral Bouquets and holiday shelves.
Cedar Vale Market is your clean and friendly "Hometown Market"!
If we don't have it, ask us to get it!
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See what others have to say about Cedar Vale, Kansas.
Wonderful article written by Kate F. Eaton about her 
trip to Cedar Vale.
Kate F. Eaton is a freelance copywriter
specializingin the promotion of Kansas attractions.

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AREA ATTRACTIONS.....
Wee Kirk Church, located south of Cedar Vale, Ks.
Wee Kirk Church, located south of Cedar Vale, Ks.
The Wee Kirk of the Valley
By SB Mar. 3, 2012
All Rights Reserved
We have many times in the past been fortunate to have been able to enjoy the picturesque serene countryside setting of The Wee Kirk of the Valley. Wee Kirk of the Valley was built by Lotus M. Day on his 80 acre farm 6 1/2 miles south of Cedar Vale, Kansas. This tiny chapel is on private land owned by the grandson of the landmark's builder, and is currently not accessible to the public.
 
The church is known as Wee Kirk is a Scottish word meaning little church and was opened to the public in 1964. Construction of the 8 by 14 foot chapel and was done in a year by Mr. Day.
 
After Lotus Day suffered a heart attack, he decided to retire from Day Monument Company in Arkansas City, Kansas but retained a partnership, to fulfill a long held dream to build a tiny stone church that seats 12 to represent seating for the 12 apostles.
 
A huge cross on "Mt. Baldy" is visible in the distance from the chapel.
 
As you near the chapel to the right of it you will see a gazebo/pillared shelter with a bench that overlooks a pond and the area known as Lookout Valley.
 
To enter, there is a gate that keeps the cattle out of the Wee Kirk yard. Across the top is written, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122." Then a country turnstile to go through to reach the chapel. Steps on the turnstile bear the engraved message "welcome," the other side "the Lord's House is Your House." Above the stile an archway gives the chapel name, "The Wee Kirk of the Valley."
 
The steeple of the chapel was made of copper. Inside the tiny sanctuary, the walls are of concrete, painted and marked to resemble stone. Mr Day's used craftsmanship skills and abilities he had acquired during of a man 40 years working with masonry, marble and stone made memorials for others in his monument company......
 
Author's personal observations.
 
 
Note:
Artist; Lotus M. Day, designer. Day Monument Company, fabricator
The information provided about this artwork, the Statue of Christ, was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
COWLEY COUNTY LAKE WATERFALL
Cowley County Lake is located a few miles west of Cedar Vale then a 1/4 off of Hwy 166 in Cowley County.

"Named a “Must See” by AARP, Yahoo, and Most Amazing in the World, the Cowley Lake Waterfall is a 25 foot tall hidden treasure that deserves to be seen at least once."
Retrieved from:

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kansas/cowley-lake-waterfall/

Related link with more photos: http://www.kansastravel.org/cowleylakewaterfall.htm

Notice: Businesses-Cedar Vale & Chautauqua County
We have pages for Cedar Vale & Chautauqua County businesses to be able to have your business information posted and to promote your goods and services. Check out our Shops, Galleries, business page: http://www.cedarvalekansas.com/3/miscellaneous4.htm
And check out the Dining and Lodging page:
If you would like to see your business, organization, etc. listed on this website or a link to your webpage, please contact us: cedarvalekansas.com/3/contactus.htm

What's New
This is not a new item but just a reminder to check out the photo albums page.
We add new photos from time to time for check back often.

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Check out the blog Cia Bella Vita (It's a beautiful life)
and On The Front Porch Page
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Disclaimer: This website "Home is Where The Heart Is...Cedar Vale, Kansas" does not represent in an official capacity the town of Cedar Vale, Ks. 
It is however, a website/blog about our favorite town to hang our hats and is where our heart will always be. It contains random musings
, observations, reflections, things we love, events in our life, humor and more.  It is dedicated to our ancestors who have lived here before us. We have another website that we have had for several years with Home is Where The Heart Is...Cedar Vale, Ks and Chautauqua County, Ks pages. For our fans and followers, those pages will continue to be maintained at our other site http://diamondsnspurs.com/  More space and pages were needed for the Home is Where The Heart Is....Cedar Vale, Chautauqua County, Ks pages as well as other pages we wanted to add, so this website http://www.cedarvalekansas.com was created so that we could expand and add more pages.

The City of Cedar Vale has an official website and is not
associated with our websites. Visit the official website for the City of Cedar Vale at
www.cityofcedarvale.com/

Be sure and check out our website http://www.diamondsnspurs.com where we  have more information and pictures about Cedar Vale, Kansas. We are transferrring much of the information to this site, but we will keep the other site updated as well with Cedar Vale pictures and information. So sit back set a spell and enjoy both sites!!

Notice: The pictures and content included herein this website are the property of Diamonds N' Spurs and are not to be resold or included in collections, books, newspapers, websites, or any other form of media without the owner's permission. Some images have be collected from various newsgroups and public domain sources and all are believed to be free of copyright. If you find an image within any page on this website that is not free for distribution, please contact us with this information and we will either remove the image, or credit it's author with their permission. These images and content are not to be resold or included in any collections without the owner's permission.
 
 
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