As the weather warms up, it’s time to get outdoors! Whatever your interest is, Kansas has a state park just right for you.
There is no question that interstate highways have changed the face of the nation. They are neither an unmixed blessing nor an unmitigated curse.
Kansas has a unique heritage. Just about anywhere you go in the state, you can see relics of our fascinating history mingled with modern everyday life. Have you ever stopped to consider the inestimable value that many of our state’s historic places and handed-down stories can provide? Here are some of the reasons that weContinue reading “6 Reasons to Preserve Kansas Heritage”
…No genuine Kansan can emigrate. He may wander. He may roam. He may travel. He may go elsewhere, but no other State can ever claim him as a citizen. —John J. Ingalls
The proposed location for Wilson Reservoir created unique problems right from the start. The United States Bureau of Reclamation originally planned to construct the lake to provide water for irrigation in a relatively dry part of Kansas. However, the dam was to be constructed on the Saline River, named for its high salt content. SinceContinue reading “Wilson State Park”
While many Kansas reservoirs were constructed to counteract flooding in the eastern part of the state, some were built to combat drought in the western part. The area of Webster State Park was settled rapidly during the late 1800s and even the first two decades of the 1900s, but after about 1920 a spell ofContinue reading “Webster State Park”
Tuttle Creek Reservoir has the dubious distinction of being one of the most controversial lakes in Kansas history. Tuttle Creek was named for local resident and Mexican–American War veteran Henry Tuttle. A dam on Tuttle Creek was authorized in 1938 by the Flood Control Act, partly as a safety measure, partly as a source ofContinue reading “Tuttle Creek State Park”
The area of Scott State Park has a particularly rich heritage. It was once the home of the Apache tribe, but various Pueblo Indians fled to its remote expanses to escape the tyranny of the Spaniards of New Mexico. Later it became the home of French troops contesting the right of Spain to the GreatContinue reading “Scott State Park”
This destination is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the sand dunes of the Arkansas River Lowlands.
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. This track was originally intended to give the city of Lawrence a competitive advantage over Kansas City, but the railroad never made it to the Gulf of Mexico asContinue reading “Prairie Spirit Trail State Park”