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
…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. Since…… Continue 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 of…… Continue reading Webster State Park
Tuttle Creek Reservoir has the dubious distinction of being one of the most controversial lakes in Kansas history.
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
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 as…… Continue reading Prairie Spirit Trail 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
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