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Some history, culture, site seeing, Kansas you never knew about.
You can be a part of the Second Annual Great U.S. Highway 36 Treasure Hunt!
Join us September 14-15-16, 2007 for mile after mile of garage sales and yard sales all along the 400 miles of U.S. 36 Highway in Kansas. Lodging is available along the way so pack a bag and join us for the event. http://www.ushwy36.com/treasure.htm
The Treasure Hunt is sponsored by the U.S. 36 Highway Association & Local Tourism organizations/Chamber of Commerce For more information please contact Bonnie Youngquist, [email protected], Secretary for the U.S. 36 Highway Association, Inc.
US 36 Highway Association, Inc.
(785) 282-3548

WELCOME TO U.S. HIGHWAY 36, an adventure in east-west travel across Kansas. US 36 sweeps the traveler along a pleasant, scenic highway from the wide Missouri River in northeast Kansas corn country through lush, rolling hills and friendly towns to the yucca-studded, semi-arid High Plains of western Kansas.

Towns along US 36 are among the gems in the crown of this historic, progressive state of Kansas, and they are interesting places to stop and rest. Get acquainted with Indian and pioneer museums that display our rich heritage, sculpture that commemorates it, and fairs, festivals, and rodeos that celebrate it.

Along US 36 you will find the site of Kansas’ last Indian raid, a stage coach station, Pony Express stations and the birth place of “Home on the Range.” We have great places to hunt and fish, as well as great places to live. Come see us today!

US Highway 36 through Kansas is one of the most beautiful, scenic, and geologically varied routes in the nation. Further, it is the shortest route across Kansas. It is the only highway in Kansas from east to west where you can travel through four distinct geological regions.

The glaciated region of northeast Kansas with its broad valleys and productive deep soils make US 36 a beautiful area to travel through any time of the year. The northern tip of the Flint Hills region, with its rolling hills, distinctive grasslands, and grazing cattle, makes for beautiful scenery . Then comes the northern region of the Smoky Hills, with its distinctive red colored soils, which come from the outcropping of Dakota sandstone. The largest and final region heading west on US 36 is the High Plains area. At one time called the beginning of the great American desert, it is famous for its waving wheat fields.
From the Missouri River and the Missouri River bottoms to the glaciated soils of Northeastern Kansas you can understand why this was the first part of Kansas which was developed and homesteaded. It has a tremendous historical as well as productive value to the development of the western region of the United States.

From milepost 392 to mile post zero you will experience an increase in altitude of some 3,000 feet. Across the state there is no better area to travel if you have a love for geology, the pre-historic times, and other treasures or Mother Nature. Roadside geology and beauty can be seen as you travel at almost every milepost.
In addition to the geological beauty of this region there are many points of historical interest which allow the traveling person to relive the days of the Iowa, Sac and Fox, the Kickapoos, Pawnees, and the warring tribes of the Cheyennes. Northern Kansas is truly where the west began and expanded. It is the route of the Pony Express, operating from 1860 to 1861, which parallels US 36 across northeast Kansas. Starting at St. Joseph, Missouri the Pony Express ran through Marysville, Kansas and continued to Sacramento, California . US 36 is the crossing point of many of the trails, such as the Oregon Trail and several cattle trails that criss-crossed this area.

There are historical museums depicting the development of the regions along this route as well as a variety of ethnic settlements originating in the 1860’s and 70’s. These communities now play a large part in the annual celebrations taking place through out the year. Community celebrations provide a unique variety of quaint influences and friendliness from each of these communities.

We ask that you to discover this area and find out why Abraham Lincoln made the statement after visiting Elwood and Troy, Kansas in 1859: “If I went west, I think I’d go to Kansas.” If you want an enjoyable three day vacation through Kansas, we assure you that you will have the most scenic, historical and educational vacation that you ever experienced. You'll truly be able say, “I have discovered the West.”
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