Flint Hills

Two cowboys and a cowgirl watch a controlled burn on their ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas. The tallgrass prairie survives in areas unsuited to plowing, such as this section of the rocky hill country of the Flint Hills, which run north to south through east-central Kansas. Once vast, tallgrass prairie has shrunk to only one to four percent of its former size in North America. Ranchers replicate natural fires when they burn the prairie every few years to destroy tree seedlings and alien plant species, which preserves the prairie as a grassland.

Three Flint Hills Cowboys Poster
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A bison cow stands in the tall grass prairie of the Flint Hills of Kansas.

The Bichet School was built in 1896 to educate children from a French-speaking near Florence, Kansas. The school continued to serve the community until 1946 when it closed because of low enrollment. The last class had two students. The Bichet School’s architecture is an excellent example of the typical one-room midwestern stone school built during the late 1800s.

Built from locally quarried stone, the Clements Arch Bridge over the Cottonwood River in Kansas has double 28′ arches. The date 1886 is carved into the side of the bridge, and its centennial was celebrated in 1986, bids to do portions of the work were not accepted until late in 1887, and the bridge was not completed until sometime in 1888. Closed now except to foot traffic, the Clements Stone Arch Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, but there is no marker. The bridge is one of many historical sights in Chase County, Kansas, including the magnificent Chase County Courthouse.

The Chase County Courthouse, designed in French Renaissance (Second Empire) style with a red mansard roof, is one of the most recognizable buildings in Kansas.

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