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KS Trip Stats (6/10):


Counties visited: 23

Best county: Ford Co.

Last visited: 8/2007

Town visited most: Overland Park

Places slept in: Overland Park, Lindsborg, McPherson

Most impressive town: Lindsborg

Least impressive town: Dodge City

Biggest town: Kansas City, KS


Best Food: Nothing beats the steaks and barbeque of Kansas City, even the scraps from the bbq's are on the menus. The steaks in the heart of cattle country near Dodge City were not as good.


Long Trips: Cowboy Trip (8/2005), Ring of Fire (8/2007)


Neighboring States: MO, NE, OK, CO

First Contact: My first time to Kansas was by plane. Aunt Peg, Sam, and I landed at the airport in Kansas City in order to attend a 1992 Kalb family reunion being held there. We took a plane because the Mississippi River was flooded over its banks. My parents did not accompany us because my mother was too frightened to fly. After visiting family from all over the area, I headed back with my parents through Iowa. As an adult, I have been to Kansas only twice.

Wyandotte Co. (8/1992)

Kansas City. I do not remember much of my two trips to this city except that my cousin took me on a tour of the area.

Johnson Co. (8/1992)

Shawnee. Overland Park. Stayed in this large suburban city during a trip to KC family reunion. I only remember strip malls along Metcalf Avenue. Mission. Relatives lived in this suburb. We visited them. Leawood.

Leavenworth Co. (8/1992)

Passed through very briefly during weekend in Kansas in 1992 on a circle trip around I-435.

Cherokee Co. (8/2005)

Entered from Missouri on a lark during Cowboy Trip and encountered a big accident that turned us right around and back out of Kansas.

Morton Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Stevens Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Seward Co. (8/2007)

Touched while driving home along US-56 from New Mexico.

Haskell Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Gray Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Ford Co. (8/2007)

Dodge City. Description coming soon.

Edwards Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Pawnee Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Barton Co. (8/2007)

Great Bend. Hoisington. Soon.

Ellsworth Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Rice Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

McPherson Co. (8/2007)

Lindsborg. McPherson. Soon.

Saline Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Dickinson Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Geary Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Riley Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Waubansee Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Shawnee Co. (8/2007)

Topeka. Visited Brown v Board of Ed National Historic Park and drove to capitol to see famous Brown mural, but the building was closed.

Douglas Co. (8/2007)

Coming. Soon.

Marion Co. (8/2009)

Hillsboro. Description  Soon.

Chase Co. (8/2009)

Tallgrass Prairie Pres. Strong City. Coming Soon.

Morris Co. (8/2009)

Council Grove. Description  Soon.

Lyon Co. (8/2009)

Coming. Soon.

Osage Co. (8/2009)

Coming. Soon.

Douglas Co. (8/2009)

Coming. Soon.

Doniphan Co. (4/2010)

Elwood. Home of Fort Luxembourg, a curiously named gift shop and tourist trap.



Kansas is a collection of vast fields of grass. At Dodge City replace grass with cattle. (2007)

Kansas:  more or less, this is it. It does have a bad reputation for being boring, It seems to me that stupid people fail to realize the wonderfulness of this vast sea of prairie and farm. (2005)

The old main street in Dodge City where cowboys spent a year's salary in one night. (2007)

The hotel door in Lindsborg, a town that is the westernmost reach of the Midwest. (2007)