The Wpa Guide To 1930s Kansas / Edition 1

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This is the first guidebook ever devoted to Kansas. The guide was compiled and written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Work Projects Administration for the state of Kansas, and was first published in 1939. After several decades, its pages still provide a wealth of reliable historic, geographic, and cultural information on Kansas, as well as some intriguing lore that many modern-day readers will find new. Not the least of its contributions is the accurate picture it gives of Kansas between the Great Depression and World War II--of its industrial, agricultural, and natural resources.

The volume is divided into three sections: seventeen topical essays covering subjects such as Indians, folklore, religion, and architecture; tourning information on the eighteen largest Kansas cities and towns; and twelve automobile tours spanning Kansas.

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Editorial Reviews

Kansas City Star
A treasure trove for information-seekers.
Kansas City Times
. . . still fascinating after forty-five years. This book . . . is 'good stuff'
Wichita Eagle & Beacon
A magnificent time capsule . . . fascinating, eye-opening, intriguing. This book is special. [This is] the best work of its kind.
Manhattan Mercury
It gives the facts, but more importantly, the flavor of Kansas nearly a half century ago.
KMAN Radio (Manhattan)
A fantastic travel companion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700602490
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 11/1/1984
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,541,835
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

General Information

Calendar of Events

I. The State and Its People

Contemporary Scene—By William Allen White

Natural Setting and Conservation






Industry, Commerce and Labor




Sports and Recreation

Journalism and Journalists



Music and the Theater


II. Cities and Towns

Arkansas City



Dodge City


Fort Scott


Kansas City





Medicine Lodge






III. Highways and Byways

Tour 1. (St. Joseph, Mo.)-Marysville-Belleville-St.Franics-(Denver, Colo.) [US 36]

Section a. Missouri Line to Belleville

Section b. Belleville to Colorado Line

Tour 2. Manhattan-Clay Center-Stockton-Goodland-(Colorado Springs, CO) [US 24]

Tour 3. (Kansas City, MO.)-Kansas City-Topeka-Manhattan-Salina-Hays-(Denver, Colo.) [US 24-40, US 40]

Tour 4. (Kansas City, Mo.)-Baldwin City-Council Grove-Great Bend-Garden Ctiy-(La Junta, Colo.) [US 50, US 50N]

Section a. Missouri Line to Junction with US 50N and US 50S; US 50

Section b. Junction with US 50, US 50S, and US 59 to Garden City

Section c. Garden City to Colorado Line

Tour 4A. Junction US 50-50N and US 59-Emporia-Newton-Hutchinson-Dodge City-Garden City [US50S]

Tour 4B. Dodge City-Sublette-Hugoton-Elkhart-Oklahoma Line [STATE45)

Tour 5. (Jefferson City, Mo.)-Fort Scott-Wichita-Pratt-Liberal-(Hooker, Okla.) [US 54]

Section a. Missouri Line to Wichita

Section b. Wichita to Oklahoma Line

Tour 6. (Springfield, Mo.)-Pittsburg-Parsons-Winfield-Medicine Lodge-Ulysses-(Trinidad, Colo.) [US 160]

Section a. Missouri Line to Wellington

Section b. Wellington to Junction with US 83-160

Section c. Junction with US 83 to Colorado Line

Tour 7. (Joplin, Mo.)-Baxter Springs-Coffeyville-Arkansas City-South Haven [US 66 and US 166]

Tour 8. (Kearney, Nebr.)-Norton-Oakley-Scott City-Garden City-Liberal-(Turpin, Okla.) [US 83]

Tour 9. (Columbus, Nebr.)-Concordia-Salina-Wichita-Wellington-(Enid, Okla.) [US 81]

Tour 10. (Lincoln, Nebr.)-Marysville-Junction City-Eldorado-Arkansas City-(Oklahoma City, Okla.) [US 77]

Tour 11. (Omaha, Nebr.)-Sabetha-Topeka-Yates Center-Independence-(Tulsa, Okla.) [US 75]

Tour 12. (St. Joseph, Mo.)-Atchison-Lawrence-Iola-Parsons-(Vinita, Okla.) [US 59]

Tour 12A. (Falls City, Nebr.)-Hiawatha-Atchison-Leavenworth-Victory Junction-Kansas City-(Kansas City, Mo.) [US 73]

Tour 12B. Junction with US 59-Osawatomie [Osawatomie Rd.]

Tour 13. (Kansas City, Mo.)-Fort Scott-Pittsburg-Columbus-(Muskogee, Okla.) [US 69]

IV. Appendices




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