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Cities- Dodge city, Wichita
Year of statehood-1861
Motto-To the stars through difficulties – ad astra per
Flower- Native Sunflower
5 other facts-24 state parks, state tree is the cottonwood,
state animal is the buffalo, state reptial is the ornate box turtle, famous for
... huge gardens to feed all the workers.
The Laura Plantation was run by 4 generations of women. The present owners are historians and we were lucky enough to have a guided tour by the owner who inundated us with a wealth of historical facts and stories that was so entertaining.....his tour went for 90 minutes. They had a fire in 2003 and it took 3 years to rebuild.
The Oak Plantation a few miles away ...
... flat lands like the western half.
Also, did you know that there really is a 'Dorothy's House,' complete with a yellow brick road and all of the characters??? There is! It's in Liberal, Kansas, in the south western corner, just above Oklahoma. (Junctions 83 and 54 if you are interested) We didn't take that route, but you can!
... Also part of my route 'planning' was the knowledge that extreme weather was forecast for an exaggerated hourglass shape with its bottom lobe across southern Kansas and its top lobe across southern Nebraska. There was a thin line across northern Kansas that was 'safe' and that was what I was headed for. I drove on many a wet highway, and at one point about
a 10 minute stretch with mounds of hail on the shoulders........timing is everything!!
... and discovered that Danny, his wife, there small child, there new born and their big Lab-mutt dog were trying to get to somewhere near Selina, just where we were headed.
Just to be safe, I suggested that they drive slow ahead of us and we would follow to the next exit because, as the jack went down and our little emergency spare took the load, it was clear our spare was very low on air. Besides that, once ...