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The Counties of Kansas

Allen, Anderson, Atchison

Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler

Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford

Decatur, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas

Edwards, Elk, Ellis, Ellsworth

Finney, Ford, Franklin

Geary, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Greenwood

Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman

Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Johnson

Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa

Labette, Lane, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Linn, Logan, Lyon

Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Miami, Mitchell, Montgomery, Morris, Morton

Nemaha, Neosho, Ness, Norton

Osage, Osborne, Ottawa

Pawnee, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt

Rawlins, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Rooks, Rush, Russell

Saline, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner

Thomas,
Trego

Wabaunsee, Wallace, Washington, Wichita, Wilson, Woodson, Wyandotte

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Geographic Areas
Kansas City Area Heritage Hills Pony Express Country
Heartland Country Post Rock Country Wichita Area
High Plains Flint Hills Wild West Country
Little Ozarks


Kansas City Area


Northeast Kansas - The area is one of contrast. There are great cosmopolitan areas with suburbs spreading away from the city. There are also quiet river towns on the banks of the Missouri River. Shopping of every type is available in the Kansas City area from antiques to specialty stores. The Great Mall of the Great Plains is one of only a handful of super-regional malls in the USA. The NCAA Hall of Champions is in Overland Park. The Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is one of the areas most visited attractions. Festivals abound including the Ciderfest in Louisburg. Don't miss Fort Leavenworth, the oldest Army fort in continuous existence west of the Mississippi River. Much military history and artifacts may be seen here. In Kansas City you can visit the Grinter Place State Historic Site, with an 1857 brick farmhouse with original and period furnishings.

Some communities in this region are:

Basehor, Bonner Springs, Edgerton, Edwardsville, Fairway, Fort Leavenworth, Gardner, Kansas City, Lansing, Leavenworth, Leawood, Lenexa, Louisburg, Merriam, Mission,

Olathe, Osawatomie, Overland Park, Paola, Prairie Village, Shawnee

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Heartland Country


South-central Kansas - One of the highlights of this region is in Hutchinson at the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center with a full-scale replica of the Space Shuttle. Around Yoder, be prepared for a slower pace with the Amish people. Visit "Little Sweden, U.S.A." in Lindsborg. In Ellinwood see the underground tunnels and Hedrick Exotic Animal Farm in Nickerson where you can pet zebras, kangaroos, giraffes and more. There are artifacts of Coronado's 1541 trip to the Kansas area at the Coronado-Quivira Museum in Lyons. At the Pawnee Rock State Historic Site. The red sandstone outcrop was a notable landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. Today it is known as the "Citadel of the Prairie." Enjoy the only two-day Scottish festival in the state at the McPherson Scottish Festival and Highland Games. Carry Nation, the Temperance leader of long ago, began her crusade against "liquor" right her in Medicine Lodge. See the Stockade Museum which has her items plus others from Kansas history.

Some of the communities in this region are:

Alden, Anthony, Belle Plaine, Bushton, Caldwell, Canton, Ellinwood, Great Bend, Halstead, Harper, Hesston, Hutchinson, Kiowa, Lindsborg, Lyons, McPherson, Medicine Lodge, Mulvane, Newton, North Newton, Pawnee Rock, Pratt, St. John, Stafford, Sterling, Wellington

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High Plains


Northwest Kansas - This is an ara of rolling prairies with creeks, rivers and fields of golden grain. The Monument Rocks National Landmark to hunt for fossils. The High Plains Museum at Goodland, as a replica of nation's first patented helicopter, built in 1910 right here in Kansas. Fort Wallace was known as the "Fightin'est Fort in the West!" and was one of the Forts where General George Custer was stationed. The last Indian raid in Kansas was here near Oberlin in 1878. Artifacts may be seen here at the Decatur County Museum. Norton is known as the Pheasant Capital of the World and attracts many hunters during the season. The highest point in Kansas, Mt. Sunflower, at 4,039 feet above sea level is in Wallace County.

Some of the communities in this region are:

Atwood, Colby, Goodland, Hill city, Lenora, Logan, Morland, Norcatur, Norton, Oakley, Oberlin, Phillipsburg, Russell Springs, Sharon Springs, St. Francis, Studley, Wallace, Weskan

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Heritage Hills


East Central Kansas - Once the home of glaciers, this area now has steep river bluffs and magnificent prairie. You will find hundreds of campsites, miles of all types of trails and thousands of acres set aside for public hunting. Besides the great outdoors, this area abounds in history. Many museums and restored buildings as well as living history festivals may be found. Thousands of people each year visit the renown Topeka Zoo. The Kansas Museum of History, one of the finest state history museums in the country is also in Topeka, the state capital.

Some of the communities in this region are:

Baldwin City, Lawrence, Lecompton, Lyndon, Melvern, Osage City, Ottawa, Topeka

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Pony Express Country


North East Kansas - Follow the Oregon-California Trail and also the only authentic Pony Express home station still standing at its original site - The Hollenburg Station - built in 1857 near Hanover. There are many country roads to discover in this region with orchards, old barns, ghost towns and more. You may even be able to walk in old trail wagon ruts. Frontier River ports, such as Atchison and White Cloud may also be visited. Atchison is the birthplace of Amelia Earhart, "America's First Lady of Flying." This area is the home to the only remaining Indian reservations in the state. Located here are the Kickapoo Nation, Potawatomi, Iowa, Prairie Band and Sac & Fox Tribe reservations. Highland has the Native American Heritage Museum. In Atchison you may visit the International Forest of Friendship, dedicated to those contributing to the advancement of aviation. There are trees from all 50 states, US Territories and 33 countries.

Some communities in this region are:

Atchison, Barnes, Blue Rapids, Clifton, Clyde, Haddam, Hanover, Hiawatha, Highland, Holton, Mahaska, Marysville, Mayetta, Morrowville, Sabetha, Seneca, St. Joseph, Troy, Valley Falls, Washington, Waterville, White Cloud

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Post Rock Country


North Central Kansas - This area reminds many of an old English countryside. This is the place that inspired Dr. Brewster Higley to write the song later to become the "official state song" - Home on the Range. In Lucas, you can view some incredible examples of primitive art. The Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays has a great prehistoric diorama. The animated Tyrannosaur is a favorite feature, particularly its realistic roar. La Crosse features a Barbed Wire Museum with the first 1853 patented wire. Visit Old Fort Hays which "Buffalo Bill Cody" kept supplied with buffalo meat for the soldiers. Other museums are the Fort Harker museum near Kanopolis and the Pawnee Indian Village Museum near Republic. Don't forget to visit the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City which has 5,625,200 feet of twine and weighs more than 16,000 pounds. It is over 40 feet in circumference!

Some communities in this region are:

Alton, Belleville, Beloit, Brookville, Cawker City, Concordia, Dighton, Downs, Ellis, Ellsworth, Glasco, Hays, Holyrood, Jewell, Kanopolis, La Crosse, Lebanon, Lincoln, Lucas, Luray, Mankato, Marquette, Minneapolis, Ness City, Osborne, Quinter, Republic, Russell, Salina, Smith Center, Sylvan Grove, Victoria, WaKeeney, Waldo, Wilson

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Wichita Area


South Central Kansas - The largest city in Kansas, Wichita, is also known as "River City." It was a Cowtown along the Chisholm Trail. Now Wichita is known as the "Air Capital of the World." A small town in this region, Kechi, is known as "The Antique Capital of Kansas," with many treasures waiting for its visitors.

Some Communities in this region:

Goddard, Kechi, Park City, Valley Center, Wichita

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Flint Hills


East-central Kansas - Abilene is the home, library and final resting place of former president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Here you will also find the national Greyhound Hall of Fame. If you would like to experience real pioneer life, then take the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train Trip near Cassoday and El Dorado complete with chuckwagon, campfires and frontier music. The only authentic operating Dutch mill in Kansas may be visited in Wamego. The tulips here are tremendous. Visit the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum in Arkansas City and see momentos and relics of the 1893 land rush where 150,000 settlers raced to claim their own land in Oklahoma.

Some communities in this region are:

Abilene, Arkansas City, Augusta, Belvue, Burlingame, Cassoday, Clay Center, Cottonwood Falls, Council Grove, Douglass, El Dorado, Emporia, Florence, Fort Riley, Geuda Springs, Goessel, Herington, Hillsboro, Junction City, Leonardville, Manhattan, Marion, Peabody, Randolph, Toronto, Wakefield, Wamego, Westmoreland, Winfield

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Wild West Country


South West Kansas - Here is where the "real west" really began. Dodge City was once called the "Wickedest Little City in America." The famous Dalton gang once hid out in Meade and famous lawmen like Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday walked the streets of the towns in this area. Visit the "real" Yellow Brick Road in Liberal where the 1939 film, "The Wizard of Oz," was filmed. The largest hand-dug well in the world is in Greensburg. It was dug in 1885 and is 32 feet wide and 109 feet deep. Right near by you can all visit the Celestial Museum and the World's Largest Meteorite at 1,000 pounds. Visit the Fort Larned national Historic Site. The Fort was built to protect travelers of the Santa Fe Trail. The Santa Fe Trail Museum is about three miles from here.

Some of the communities in this region are:

Ashland, Cimarron, Coldwater, Dodge City, Elkhart, Fowler, Garden City, Greensburg, Hugoton, Johnson City, Kinsley, Lakin, Larned, Leoti, Liberal, Marienthal, Meade, Montezuma, Protection, Scott City, Ulysses, Wilmore

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Little Ozarks


Southeast Kansas - Enjoy the rugged beauty of this region with wooded hills and winding rivers. All four season are vividly represented. 14 miles of the legendary Route 66 run through this region. Coffeyville is home to the Dalton Museum and Dalton Days each year in October. In Sedan you can visit the Emmett Kelly museum or Fort Scott which was established in 1842 for peace and protection. Now restored, it is dedicated to the Dragoons, the colorful mounted infantrymen of the 1840s.

Here are some communities in this region:

Burlington, Caney, Carona, Cedar Vale, Chanute, Cherryvale, Chetopa, Coffeyville, Columbus, Elk Falls, Eureka, Fort Scott, Fredonia, Galena, Garnett, Gas, Girard, Humboldt, Independence, Iola, Kincaid, La Cygne, Moran, Mound City, Neodesha, Parsons, Piqua, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, Sedan, Yates Center

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