Kansas Byways

Kansas is Oz. Kansas is flat. Kansas is boring. Not. Kansas' 11 scenic byways lead visitors to what the state is, not what the state is said to be. The byways wend through the backroads of the Kansas experience. For the curious, for those not willing to limit their knowledge of the world to a television show or a cartoon, travel these byways and get a sense of the real Kansas. If you want to know America, experience the Great Plains. If you want to know the Great Plains, experience Kansas.
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The sunflower sculpture at Mount Sunflower is made from railroad spikes.

The sunflower sculpture at Mount Sunflower is made from railroad spikes in Western Kansas.

School District Number 1  The first school in Nicodemus was established in the dugout of Zachary and Jenny Fletcher. A formal school house was constructed becoming the first school built in Graham County Kansas. It was later destroyed by fire and replaced by the present building.

School District Number 1 The first school in Nicodemus was established in the dugout of Zachary and Jenny Fletcher. A formal school house was constructed becoming the first school built in Graham County Kansas. It was later destroyed by fire and replaced by the present building.

This is the St Francis Hotel in Nicodemus. Built in 1881, the hotel also served as the post office. This is the oldest African-American operated post office in the US.

This is the St Francis Hotel in Nicodemus. Built in the hotel also served as the post office. This is the oldest African-American operated post office in the US.

Peace Church, Barton County, KS, by Ted Lee Eubanks

Where I was married 4 years ago today. Peace Church, Barton County, KS, by Ted Lee Eubanks

Mount Sunflower is privately owned, and the landowners welcome visitors.

Mount Sunflower is privately owned, and the landowners welcome visitors.

Atchison County Historical Museum, Atchison, Kansas, by Ted Lee Eubankis

Atchison County Historical Museum, Atchison, Kansas, by Ted Lee Eubanks

Atchison County Historical Museum, Atchison, Kansas, by Ted Lee Eubanks

Atchison County Historical Museum, Atchison, Kansas, by Ted Lee Eubanks

There are five historic buildings in Nicodemus managed by the National Park Service. This is the restored portion of the African Methodist Episcopal church, established in 1885.

Nicodemus National Historic Site, Nicodemus, KS, by Ted Lee Eubanks

Mount Sunflower, at 4039 feet of elevation, is the highest point in Kansas.

Mount Sunflower, at 4039 feet of elevation, is the highest point in Kansas.

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is located at Cheyenne Bottoms.

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is located at Cheyenne Bottoms.

This Wetlands and Wildlife NSB interpretive sign overlooks Cheyenne Bottoms directly across the highway from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

This Wetlands and Wildlife NSB interpretive sign overlooks Cheyenne Bottoms directly across the highway from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

Early settlers built the Wilcox school in 1886 of native limestone, quarried along the Smoky Hill River. The Trego WaKeenee Foundation has restored the building. This historic school house is on the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway.

Early settlers built the Wilcox school in 1886 of native limestone, quarried along the Smoky Hill River. The Trego WaKeenee Foundation has restored the building. This historic school house is on the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway.

An F4 tornado struck Hoisington in 2001. This Wetlands and Wildlife interpretive sign tells the story.

An tornado struck Hoisington in This Wetlands and Wildlife interpretive sign tells the story.

These native stone monuments have been installed along the interstates at each corner of the Flint Hills, by Ted Lee Eubanks.

These native stone monuments have been installed along the interstates at each corner of the Flint Hills, by Ted Lee Eubanks.

The shortgrass prairie of western Kansas is dominated by two species of grass-: buffalo-grass (Buchloe dactyloides) and tall grama (Bouteloua oligostachya). This grassland rarely reaches over two to three inches in height.

The shortgrass prairie of western Kansas is dominated by two species of grass-: buffalo-grass (Buchloe dactyloides) and tall grama (Bouteloua oligostachya). This grassland rarely reaches over two to three inches in height.

Pawnee Rock, Kansas, Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, by Ted Lee Eubanks

Pawnee Rock, Kansas, Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, by Ted Lee Eubanks

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