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.
Too many historical sources cover strictly the events without delving into the whys, wherefores, and what-came-of-its.
Around 1880, a wet spell descended on most of the Great Plains. Wild speculations were indulged in as to what caused it.
Over 120 historical markers dot the Kansas landscape, telling the story of our fascinating state.
The interstate highway system was neither an unmixed blessing nor an unmitigated curse.
Prairie Spirit Trail State Park has the distinction of being the first rail trail in Kansas, following the line of the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston Railroad.
The construction of the the Transcontinental Railroad had a profound effect on America. It was symbolic of a young nation’s desire to stretch from sea to shining sea.
If you love Kansas history, have we found the book for you! The Historical Atlas of Kansas contains over 70 maps of Kansas, past and present.
The 100th meridian was why pioneers rushed across the country to stake claims on the coast instead of gradually pushing westward.
While changing the nature of Kansas was not really the goal of the railroad companies, they succeeded nevertheless.