While it is true that the Plains tribes of Kansas relied heavily on game for food, raising crops was an important part of their life.
Bells, wreaths, bows—you name it, WaKeeney has it. The result is the largest display of Christmas lights between Kansas City and Denver.
The neighbors said it couldn't be done. Sod Corn Jones said it could. The Kansas sod was tough—tougher than anything the early settlers had ever seen before, thanks to the thick root system of the tallgrass prairie. Many an ox team wore itself out dragging a crude plow through the ground, and many a tired … Continue reading The Story of Sod Corn Jones
It was the mid-19th century. The cattle drive era was in full swing. Longhorns from Texas were entering Kansas in droves on their way up to the railheads. New towns were booming and fresh beef was being supplied to industrialized, post–Civil War consumers. But something was seriously wrong. The problem was not with the hardy … Continue reading Texas Fever
One of the best ways to achieve a balanced approach to stewardship is to observe and mimic nature, putting the laws of creation to work for us.
Clearly the plains were ideal for livestock, and slowly George Grant's plans for retirement were absorbed into a new vision.
The windmill was a common fixture on Great Plains farms, drawing water for cattle and making livestock ownership possible in the relatively dry areas of the West.
If you are looking for a basic guide to purchasing and caring for sheep, try Sheep Production in Kansas. Old, but by no means outdated, this PDF bulletin is available for free.