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"For those of us who drive Kansas—and love it—this book is a wonder."—James J. Fisher, columnist, Kansas City Times

"Fascinating and informative. this book showed me a Kansas I've never seen before."—Ron Welch, editor, Kansas Motorist

"Travel the highways and see the terrain formed by elemental forces—limestone cliffs layered by ancient seas, boulders left by glaciers from the ice age, mysterious sink-holes, everlasting wells—all in this fascinating kaleidoscope of geology, history, pioneer tales, amusing anecdotes, and incidental information about the state."—Zula Bennington Greene, better known as popular columnist Peggy of the Flint Hills

"A tremendous compilation. . . . Any traveler in Kansas should have a copy."—Daniel Merriam, chair, Geology Department, Wichita State University

"Valuable information . . . well organized and well written."—H.L. James, author of Scenic Trips to the Geologic Past

Author Biography: Rex Buchanan is assistant director for publications and public affairs at the Kansas Geological Survey and editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils.

James McCauley, a member of the Kansas Geological Survey staff, is the author of some two dozen scientific articles.

John Charlton is the staff photographer at the Kansas Geological Survey.

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Editorial Reviews

Wichita Eagle
My family and I were delighted with the new things we learned about Kansas and Kansans.
Emporia Gazette
Filled with fascinating detail, Roadside Kansas makes me want to take to the road.
Journal of the West
Of use to every traveler on Kansas highways and a joy to the armchair traveler.
Hays News
A fun way to discover things about the state of Kansas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700603237
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1987
  • Series: Kansas and the Region Ser.
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface to the Second Edition xi

Preface to the First Edition xv

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 U.S. Highway 160: From the High Plains to the Coal Fields 19

Chapter 2 Interstate 70: From Denver to Kansas City 83

Chapter 3 U.S. Highway 36: From Saint Francis to Saint Joseph 131

Chapter 4 U.S. Highway 83: The High Plains and the Chalk Beds 170

Chapter 5 Interstate 135/U.S. Highway 81: Through the Heart of the State 192

Chapter 6 U.S. Highway 69: From the Little Balkans to Kansas City 212

Chapter 7 Interstate 35: Across Eastern Kansas 245

Chapter 8 The Kansas Turnpike: The Chisholm Trail and Beyond 262

Chapter 9 U.S. Highway 56: The Old Santa Fe Trail 282

References 339

Glossary 343

Index 353

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