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Kansas

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy exclaims, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Todo!” This, of course, refers  to Kansas’ physical location in what has been termed, Tornado Alley. The legendary Chisholm Trail is much more than some fictional roadway in an old cowboy Western. The trail informally connected the cattle yards of Texas with those outside Kansas City. This was the route by which cowboys moved herds, but the trail also became a route for people heading West during the mid to late 1800s.

A trend is afoot to give the state soil a name. Kansas chose the name, Harney Silt Loam, to describe the top layer of earth. According to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, the soil combines the best soil attributes to support the predominantly grain-centric agricultural economy. And, in fact, there is a reason that grain naturally grows so well in the prairie states: the already grassy plains break down the surface of the soil over time; what is left is a beautiful and loamy layer that is well suited to supporting the needs of a wide range of grain crops. Most of the larger cities are in Eastern Kansas, which tends to be surprisingly hilly and has more trees and water than other parts of the state

Water Bodies

  • Big Hill Lake
  • Blue River
  • Caney River
  • Cedar Bluff Reservoir
  • Cheney Reservoir
  • Chikaskia River
  • Clark State Lake
  • Clinton Lake
  • Cottonwood River
  • Council Grove Lake
  • Crystal Lake
  • Delaware River
  • Douglas Lake
  • El Dorado Lake
  • Elk City Lake
  • Elk River
  • Fall River
  • Fall River Lake
  • Gardner Lake
  • Glen Elder Reservoir/Waconda
  • Harbor Isle Lake
  • Havana Lake
  • Herington City Lake
  • Hillsdale Lake
  • John Redmond Reservoir
  • Kanopolis Lake
  • Kansas City / Heritage Lake
  • Kansas River
  • Keith Sebelius Lake
  • Kirwin Reservoir
  • La Cygnes Lake
  • Lake Dabinawa
  • Lake Fort Scott
  • Lake Inman
  • Lake Kahola
  • Lake Nemaha
  • Lake of the Forest
  • Lake Quivira
  • Lake Shawnee
  • Lake Wabaunsee
  • Lake Webster
  • Linn Valley Lake
  • Little Arkansas River
  • Little Blue River
  • Little Osage River
  • Lone Star Lake
  • Louisburg Lake
  • Lovewell Reservoir
  • Marais des Cygnes River
  • Marion County Lake
  • Marion Lake
  • Marion Reservoir
  • Marmaton River
  • Medicine Lodge River
  • Melvern Lake
  • Milford Lake
  • Miola Lake
  • Missouri River
  • Mound City Lake
  • Mystic Lakes
  • Neosho River
  • Ninnescah River
  • Norton Reservoir
  • Overland Park/The Wilderness
  • Perry Lake
  • Pomona Lake
  • Pomona Lake/Reservoir
  • Regency Lake
  • Salt Fork Arkansas River
  • Shawnee Mission Lake
  • Sherwood Lake
  • South Fork Solomon River
  • Sportsmans Lake
  • Strowbridge Reservoir
  • Sugar Valley Lake
  • Tanglewood Lake
  • Timber Creek Lake
  • Toronto Lake
  • Tuttle Creek Lake
  • Verdigris River
  • Waconda Lake
  • Wakarusa River
  • Walnut River
  • Whitewater River
  • Wilson Lake
  • Wolf Creek Reservoir
  • Wolf River

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