6 Reasons to Preserve Kansas Heritage

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 we…… Continue reading 6 Reasons to Preserve Kansas Heritage

Wilson State Park

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. Since…… Continue reading Wilson State Park

Scott 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 Great…… Continue reading Scott State Park

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

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 as…… Continue reading Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

Prairie Dog State Park

Since irrigation and water supply are high priorities in western Kansas, the construction of Norton Dam and Keith Sebelius Reservoir was logical. The United States Bureau of Reclamation began work on the dam in 1961 and completed it in 1964. Kansas quickly arranged to set up a state park to provide recreational opportunities and wildlife…… Continue reading Prairie Dog State Park

Pomona State Park

Several historical facts make Pomona Lake unique.  First, it is just a few miles south of the old Santa Fe Trail.  Second, it gives Osage County, Kansas, the distinction of being the only county in the United States with two federal reservoirs (Melvern Lake at Eisenhower State Park is the other reservoir in the county).…… Continue reading Pomona State Park