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Statehouse Live: Western Kansas route gets historic byway designation

July 22, 2010


— The state highway department has designated its first “historic byway,” a 102-mile stretch in western Kansas that features unique rock formations and Indian ruins.

The “Western Vistas Historic Byway” starts in Scott City on U.S. Highway 83, passes through Scott Lake State Park on K-95, then north to Oakley and west to U.S. 40 in Sharon Springs.

Along the way are the El Quartelejo Pueblo ruins, Monument Rocks and other historic sites, museums, scenery and recreational activities.

“The state designation will create greater awareness of the historical significance and scenic beauty of this area for visitors and spur interest in the communities along the route,” said Scott Shields, Kansas State Byways Coordinator.

The designation by the Kansas Department of Transportation will also result in the placement of markers along the byway. Kansas has designated 9 scenic byways, but this is the first historic one.


Boston_Corbett 7 years, 4 months ago

In other news, it is really a slow slow day in the basement of the Capitol.

billbodiggens 7 years, 4 months ago

Have done business in that part of the world. It is populated with very hard working people and is filled with agricultural related industry in that is absolutely phenomenal. The only thing that I can see that is slow is Boston_Corbett in being able to realize that just perhaps the end of the world is not the west edge Douglas County.

blindrabbit 7 years, 4 months ago

One of the major "activities" in this highly recreational area is the annual rattlesnake roundup in Sharon Springs; 19th annual this year. Makes us Kansans look a little bit like the West Virginia biblical serpent handlers. Not a very good image for animal carers.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 4 months ago

This is cool. If you have never driven this road and checked out the sights, give it a shot. Beautiful country, and I agree with BBD, great folks and hard-working people who help put food on our plates.

blindrabbit 7 years, 4 months ago

The best "vista" road is US 160 from Medicine Lodge to Coldwater. It is little traveled since most folks use bland US 54 (just North). Give it a try sometime!!!

riverdrifter 7 years, 4 months ago

Is the Belvidere general store still in business?

mseybold 7 years, 4 months ago

coldwater to medicine lodge is Hwy 160.. the very same beautiful drive Blind Rabbit is talking about.

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