Roadside Kansas: A Traveler's Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks

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Two decades after its first publication, Roadside Kansas remains the premier guide to the geology, natural resources, landmarks, and landscapes along nine of the Sunflower State's major highways. During that span, however, many aspects of the Kansas landscape changed: the growth of some towns and near disappearance of others, the expansion of highways, the development of industry. Even the rocks themselves changed in places as erosion took its relentless toll. More broadly, there have been changes in the science...
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Overview


Two decades after its first publication, Roadside Kansas remains the premier guide to the geology, natural resources, landmarks, and landscapes along nine of the Sunflower State's major highways. During that span, however, many aspects of the Kansas landscape changed: the growth of some towns and near disappearance of others, the expansion of highways, the development of industry. Even the rocks themselves changed in places as erosion took its relentless toll. More broadly, there have been changes in the science of geology. This new edition reflects all of these changes and thoroughly updates the previous edition in ways that reinforce its preeminent status.

Covering more than 2,600 miles, Buchanan and McCauley organize their book by highway and milepost markers, so that modern-day explorers can follow the road logs easily, learning about the land as they travel through the state. Featuring more than 100 photographs, drawings, and maps, the book also provides deft descriptions of fascinating contemporary and historical features to be seen all across Kansas.

Especially in an economic era that has encouraged all of us to travel closer to home, the new edition is sure to be a hit with families from Kansas and the region who decide to explore and learn more about the state and its distinctive wonders. They'll discover what Buchanan and McCauley have known for a long time: Kansas highways provide much more than passage to Colorado or some other state. They are destinations in their own right.

Published for 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: 9780700617005
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 691,366
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (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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