Wamego, Kansas is west of Kansas City and just north of I-70. The town lies between the Kansas River and the Union Pacific Railroad lines. I never found a good history for the town but even though the old Oregon Trail passes just to the north, I suspect that the town actually got its start from the coming of the railroad. Of course, the railroad line roughly follows the Oregon Trail and you can chase both of them back to Independence which is the start of the Oregon Trail. Just for good measure, they also built U. S. 24 Highway along the railroad lines. I suppose that the Kansas River also figured into the plan somehow. The trail seems to follow at the foot of the northern bluffs of the Kansas River in the places we checked it on the map. More speculation on my part, but this is probably a good idea for the Trail since you are not climbing hills but you are slightly elevated from the river bed to avoid floods. Hey, if you can't find the real information, make it up as you go.
Wamego is a neat little town that is working hard not to become obsolete. They have revitalized their downtown and city park not only for the residents but to also draw tourists. They have several festivals each year and do manage to draw a fair number of tourists to the town. As a number of other Kansas towns have done, Wamego has adopted the "Wizard of Oz" theme as you will see in the photos. Their fall festival is called Oztober Fest.
The most famous person to come from Wamego is Walter Chrysler.........the guy who built cars. If you have read our Hawaiian blogs, you know how much I love the Chrysler Sebring. Interesting how our paths have crossed again.
Here is a photo of the Oz Winery in downtown Wamego. Most of the downtown buildings are pretty colorful.