Historical Kansas (West Bound) # 97
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 03.608 W 096° 07.298
14S E 749053 N 4327393
Historical marker located in westbound rest area near mile 337 on I-70.
Waymark Code: WM1ZHR
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 08/09/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 61

Historical Kansas

You are on the eastern edge of a Bluestem pasture region known as the Flint Hills. Extending past Junction City, this nutritious grazing area averages 60 miles in width, and reaches south into Oklahoma. For centuries buffalo in great numbers grazed its acres. Eventually they were succeeded by rangy Texas cattle. "Texas shipped up the horns and we put the bodies under them," old Kansas cowmen used to say. Today the Flints Hills fatten more than a million fine cattle annually.

White men exploring this region in the early 1800's found only a few Kaw Indian villages.  Several miles west, Osages attacked Fremont's 1843 expedition and stole some of its best horses.  later this area was part of an Indian reserve for the Pottawatomies.

The Connecticut Kansas colony ~~ of Beecher Bible and Rifle fame ~~ settled at Wabaunsee, 15 miles northwest, in 1856.  This Free-State colony erected a stone church in 1862 which still stands.  Farther northwest is Manhattan, established in 1855, the home of Kansas State University, designated a land grant college in 1863.  Above Manhattan is Tuttle Creek reservoir.

Fort Riley is 34 miles ahead.  J.E.B. Stuart, George A. Custer and George Patton, Jr. were among world-renowned cavalrymen once stationed there. ~ text of marker

Marker Name: Historical Kansas

Marker Type: Rest Area

Marker text:
see above

Marker Location: Wabaunsee

Official Marker Number: 97

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

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