The Cherokee Lowlands occupy roughly 1,000 square miles in parts of Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, and Labette counties in the southeastern part of the state. Overall, the region is one of mostly level plains, although a few hills rise up here and there. These plains are cut by narrow valleys and by ditches left over fromContinue reading “Cherokee Lowlands”
The Chautauqua Hills run in a narrow band (ten miles wide at most) from the Kansas–Oklahoma line up to about Yates Center. Rolling uplands mark the region, and the Verdigris, Fall, and Elk rivers flow at the bottoms of the slopes. Soil A thin layer of dry, sandy soil covers shale and sandstone acrossContinue reading “Chautauqua Hills”
This sandy floodplain is a unique ecosystem, but one which challenges farmers to the utmost.