Cottonwood Ranch

The Pratt family established a working sheep ranch on the high plains in the late 19th century. They would leave a legacy that includes unique stone structures and a large photograph collection. The fascinating story begins in Yorkshire, England, and continues. Abraham Pratt (1827-1901), came to America as a young man, arriving in California duringContinue reading “Cottonwood Ranch”

Nicodemus, Kansas

“Go to Kansas” Formerly enslaved African Americans left Kentucky at the end of the of post-Civil War Reconstruction period to experience freedom in the “Promised Land” of Kansas. Nicodemus represents the involvement of African Americans in the westward expansion and settlement of the Great Plains. It is the oldest and only remaining Black settlement westContinue reading “Nicodemus, Kansas”

Little House on the Prairie – NOT

This development with Too Large Houses on Too Small Lots is just outside the boudaries of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Preserve. Besides being ugly they are too close to each other which is one of the factors why the Marshall Fire of several months ago was so devastating. Yes the undergrowth was flammable andContinue reading “Little House on the Prairie – NOT”

Geological Formations of Western Kansas

Top row is the newest State Park in Kansas – Little Jerusalem State Park south of Oakley, KS on HWY 83. On the same road and north of LJSP is Monument Rock seen on the bottom row of pics. Other formations to see in Kansas include: Castle Rock in Gove County, Rock City Minneapolis KS,Continue reading “Geological Formations of Western Kansas”