Wilson Lake, Smoky Hills, Kansas  Truely the most beautiful lake in the state of Kansas...crystal clear water!

Wilson Lake, Smoky Hills, Kansas Truely the most beautiful lake in the state of Kansas...crystal clear water!

One of the many geological formations found in the Smoky Hill River valley in western Kansas.

One of the many geological formations found in the Smoky Hill River valley in western Kansas.

(U.S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley, Kansas.) Fort Riley was established in 1853 near where the Smoky Hill River and Republican River join to form the Kansas River. During the 1850s officers such as Philip St. George Cooke, "JEB" Stuart, and John Buford were stationed here and participated in events that came to be known as "Bleeding Kansas." The museum focuses on America's mounted soldiers and their steeds. It honors the estimated 1 1/2 million horses died or were wounded during the Civil War.

(U.S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley, Kansas.) Fort Riley was established in 1853 near where the Smoky Hill River and Republican River join to form the Kansas River. During the 1850s officers such as Philip St. George Cooke, "JEB" Stuart, and John Buford were stationed here and participated in events that came to be known as "Bleeding Kansas." The museum focuses on America's mounted soldiers and their steeds. It honors the estimated 1 1/2 million horses died or were wounded during the Civil War.

Abilene, KS - Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad. Using a vintage diesel-electric locomotive, a century-old wooden sided passenger/diner, open air observation cars and a caboose, the excursion train travels through the Smoky Hill River Valley between historic Abilene and Enterprise, a ten mile round trip. The train travels at a leisurely 10-15 miles an hour, so there is plenty of time for passengers to take pictures, and visit with the other passengers or train crew.

Abilene, KS - Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad. Using a vintage diesel-electric locomotive, a century-old wooden sided passenger/diner, open air observation cars and a caboose, the excursion train travels through the Smoky Hill River Valley between historic Abilene and Enterprise, a ten mile round trip. The train travels at a leisurely 10-15 miles an hour, so there is plenty of time for passengers to take pictures, and visit with the other passengers or train crew.

Named for their hazy, blue appearance at sunrise and sunset, the Smoky Hills divide the more easterly mixed-grass prairie from the shortgrass prairie of the Western Great Plains. The Smoky Valley Scenic Byway travels through the Smoky Hill River Valley, a showplace of native grasses and wildflowers year-round.

Named for their hazy, blue appearance at sunrise and sunset, the Smoky Hills divide the more easterly mixed-grass prairie from the shortgrass prairie of the Western Great Plains. The Smoky Valley Scenic Byway travels through the Smoky Hill River Valley, a showplace of native grasses and wildflowers year-round.

L W Halbe collection - Fishing on the Smoky Hill River South of Dorrance, May 4, 1912, Russell County, Kansas (Plate 323)

L W Halbe collection - Fishing on the Smoky Hill River South of Dorrance, May 4, 1912, Russell County, Kansas (Plate 323)

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