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Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas was eager for a railroad to connect Chicago with California. Douglas also supported popular sovereignty. This railroad would have to pass through Nebraska Territory; first, Nebraska would have to adopt statehood. A leading question in gaining statehood: allow slavery or not? Biased elections were held, and Kansas and Nebraska were carved ...
... than it was when I first drove across it more than 30 years ago. That polarisation has a hard edge and we rub against it every day. Wealth is less evenly distributed, the middle class is shrinking, a tiny number of individuals control half of the country's wealth. A small number the vast majority. Janet Yellen (Chairman of the Federal Reserve) has said that this problem is a risk to the fabric of the society. One study published by the New York Times claimed that 95% ...
... that extend for 17 miles north of Saint Louis. Navigation through this area was impossible during low water, and dangerous during high water. To solve this problem, the US Army Corps of Engineers designed and built the Chain Of Rocks Canal to bypass this area in 1940. The canal is about 8.5 miles long.
That was the most interesting thing that happened until we arrived in Huntsdale, MO. There was a terrible traffic accident involving 3 semis and ...
... and the
campus is even quite hilly. I suspect it might have been graduation weekend
because downtown was really hopping with lots of clean-cut college age students
and their middle-aged families.
I wandered about campus a little, as I often like to do at
universities, despite the fact that it’s very depressing because it makes me
feel so old. The University of Kansas has a beautiful campus with attractive
... of Kansas
with the cruise control set around 65 and seeing how far I could go without
touching either gas or brake pedals. I went about 220 miles.
I stopped in Topeka mostly to see the State Capitol building.
Construction cranes outside unfortunately messed up some of my pictures. Like
many Midwestern state capitols, the one in Kansas is a huge and grandiose
building, one that can hold the offices of the legislators and ...