Revised and Updated Driving Across Kansas
The first edition was named "Outstanding Interpretive Site Publication" by the National Association for Interpretation
In his introduction to Dan Dancer’s The Four Seasons of Kansas, bestselling author William Least Heat-Moon reflects upon the Great Kansas Passage of those who race their cars westward across Interstate 70 without trying to understand the truth of the place. Ted Cable and Wayne Maley come to the rescue of those bored and blinkered speed-driven travelers with a new guide that will expand and enrich their understanding of a state whose history, in Heat-Moon’s words, is “a tumbling of guns, torches, hatchets, and knives.”
Guided by Cable and Maley, the historical landscapes of I-70 come back to life, recalling landmarks and legacies relating to pioneer movements and Indian dispossession, army outposts and great bison hunts, cowboys and cattle trails, the struggles over slavery and women’s rights, and the emergence of major wheat, beef, oil, and water industries.
Their guide parcels out information, mile-marker by mile-marker, in a way that’s equally accessible to westbound and eastbound users alike.
Cable and Maley put to rest the notion that Kansas is flat and uninteresting.They bring the vast grassland to life
as an exciting player in the history of America. We may look across rolling pastures, but after using this book,
we'll see Indians hunting buffalo, cowboys pushing herds up from Texas, rowdy wranglers spillingout of cowtown saloons, and the first homesteaders in the great western migration. And the Civil War? We think it started here.
Read every page and feel history come alive!"
Bill Kurtis, nationally-known television producer with A&E and other networks, documentary narrator, and CBS news anchor
"Interstate 70 is the 'main street of Kansas.' This mile by-mile guide describes the history,plants and animals, landscape, and agriculture along l-70, from the High Plains of western Kansas to the Missouri River,and everything in between.''
Rex Buchanan, coauthor of Roadside Kansas: A Traveler's Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks
"Effectively combines practical information with history and geography in a manner that will appeal to anyone who drives l-70. A highly readable narrative companion for journeys across Kansas."
Virgil W. Dean editor of Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains