Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. This may have been Cliff's favorite stop on our road trip.
The following is taken from a brochure I picked up there:
"In 1878 Stephen and Louisa Jones went to Kansas to build a cattle feeding station for their family's Colorado cattle operation. They bought land from individuals and the railroad, growing the Spring Hill Farm and Stock Ranch to 7,000 acres. They owned the land only ten years, but left behind ranch buildings in the Second Empire architectural style. They also left over thirty miles of stone fence that had been needed when the cattle range went from open to closed. The Z Bar Ranch, with all the Joneses' grand structures intack, became Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in 1996. The Nature Conservancy, which owns most of the land, manages the preserve with the National Park Service."
We would have taken more time here, but I wanted to get to the Chase County Courthouse before it closed.