Happy Walnut Day! We’re nuts about our small towns in Crawford County and on National Walnut Day we’re celebrating Walnut, Kansas, population 220. Walnut was originally called Glenwood, in 1874, it was renamed Walnut after the Little Walnut Creek, on which it is located. The first post office at Walnut was established in April, 1873.
A trip to Walnut is not complete without a stop at His & Hers Bar, where you’ll find arguably one of the best burgers in Crawford County. Walnut also features Walnut Express, a great place to fuel up after a day exploring the area.
One of our favorite, yet little known, stories about Walnut is about former resident, Rosemary Trucco (Carlos). Rosemary was born August 10th, 1925 in Walnut, to Edward B. and Eulah Rose (Mudd) Carlos. She attended Urseline Academy at Paola and St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, eventually she earned her way to the famed Julliard School of Music in New York City.
Following Julliard, Rosemary was an opera singer at the New York Center Opera retiring in 1957. During her career she sang for a new opera by Aaron Copland “The Tender Land, which premiered in New York in April of 1954 with Rosemary in the starring role. She went on to work with the American Chamber Opera in Town Hall. She was also part of a Metropolitan Opera program that trained and worked with promising young singers.
So on National Walnut Day, remember the little town in northwest Crawford County and the small town girl that made it in the Big Apple!