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Aug 2, 2012 - Tall Grass Prairie

I had visions of Little House on the Prairie with Laura running through the tall grass. Boy, did I have a rude awakening. On arrival to the Visitors Center, my first remark was that this didn't look like any visitors center of the NPS that I had ever seen. Tall Grass Prairie was a former farm/ranch from the 1800's that is being preserved by the National Parks. It provides a look at a very large Farm house, along with a equally large Barn. Thousands of acres of land changed hands several times finally making a success of a very unsucessful...

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Apr 24, 2012 - Flint Hills Scenic Byway

We are heading toward Iowa to see family and friends but we decided to get to Iowa traveling the Flint Hills Scenic Byway. The Flint Hills extend about 200 miles from near the Nebraska border on the north to Oklahoma on the south. I have to admit that I thought that the pastures would be full of tall grasses but I think we went through too early in the year. The Flint Hills are named because of the nodules of flint (chert) that was laid down with the shales and limestones in the shallow seas that covered this part of North America over 275...

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Aug 21, 2010 - Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve

30% - 40% of America was prairie when the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower. Now, less than 1% of the American prairie remains. The soil in the Flint Hills region of Kansas was too thin to plow so the settlers turned to ranching and preserving the grass for the cattle to graze. You are able to see what the Great Plains of America looked like when pioneers crossed them on their way to Oregon, California, and Santa Fe. The grass was over 6 feet tall in many areas of the park. This was a sea during prehistoric times and the geology of the area...

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Aug 28, 2009 - Tall Grass Prairie

Seeing Kansas as the first settlers saw it - Friday, August 28 Our next destination had been Topeka, but we decided first to take a detour. The Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve is a hundred miles out of our way, but it’s something we need to see and what’s a hundred miles when we’ve already come so far? Traveling through the prairie states makes a person either so bored that you never want to see them again, or so fascinated that you fall in love with this sea of grass and crops and hard working people. We are of the latter persuasion,...

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