The end of the cattle drive era was brought about by cattle that better met the needs of the market, plus a rail network that connected ranches with population centers.
To the emigrants of 1845, there was a very simple reason to avoid Kansas, despite its charms, and press on through the perils and difficulties of the trail to Oregon.
The year was 1845. More wagons were clustered around jumping-off points such as St. Joseph and Independence, Missouri, than ever before.
Dyche’s taxidermy collection was shipped off to represent Kansas at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Surprisingly, this move met with a great deal of resistance.
While stone arch culverts remain either rare or largely undiscovered in Butler County, Kansas, Higdon and Poe’s little stone arch culvert still stands over the Whitewater River.
Too many historical sources cover strictly the events without delving into the whys, wherefores, and what-came-of-its.
Whether you visit the more famous structures in Cowley County or the less familiar bridges of Butler County, Kansas, you’ll be amazed at what you discover.
Few stop to ask how the boundaries evolved, when in fact some surprising stories surround this topic.
One of the greatest factors in the impact and effectiveness of a poem is its perspective. By this we mean subject matter, voice, and setting.
Paradise Bridge, though expensive, served its purpose. It proved to Russell that well-built stone arch bridges could last much longer than steel bridges.