The Inn now welcomes guests for an overnight stay with breakfast available the next morning!
This view highlights the chicken house that was home to 100 or more Rhode Island Red chickensuntil its conversion into a calf housing unit in 1958. The dairy ceased operation in 1963. In 1972 the building was then remodeled to become the family woodworking shop.
Nancy prides herself in planting annual flowers around the windmill each spring.The containers include two old shop built milk troughs from which younger calves drank milk replacer; two washtubs from the 1940’s; an older 2 gallon feed bucket; a pot in a miniature wheelbarrow handcrafted from cedar.
Zinnias in their finest hour!
A great view of the water pump and handle in the midst of the annual flowers at the base of the windmill tower.
View to the northeast of the fall décor, landscaping, and the Inn as you enter the farmstead off of old highway 54
Fall décor and landscaping of the center island. The old chicken house is visible in the background.
Another view that also depicts the 14 x 40 foot concrete stave silo that was erected in the early 1940’s.Each fall the silo was filled with finely chopped forage sorghum silage that was fed to the milking cow herd throughout the winter months. The windmill is still functional with its hand pump. It lost its wheel and tail in a night time wind storm in June, 1982. The windmill was previously located near the house and was moved to its present location in the 1940’s. Plans are to install a new wheel and tail in the near future.
From its inception in 1951 as the “slickest one yet” of nearly 700 dairy barns inspected by then Kansas state dairy inspector Monk, the building now stands newly remodeled as the “slick”, cozy, Champion Ridge Inn.Located 6 miles east of Kingman on old highway 54 it is able to provide first class lodging in the peaceful setting of the Champion Ridge farmstead.
Dave’s Minneapolis-Moline pedal tractor (1955) is original.
The hay shed and the Inn.
Red cannas (Dave’s favorite flower dating back to those on his Grandma’s yard) and fall décor in front of the Inn.
Sunset view of brooder house.
Sunset view of our farmhouse as seen from the entrance to the Inn.
Dave’s pedal tractor and fall décor near entrance to the Inn.
The 14” snow (on the level) we received in February was very “welcomed” after so many months of drought.
Winter snow scene of an Austrian pine along with the white fence framing the red shed.