Kansas National Parks
The 1954 landmark Supreme Court decision to end racial segregation in the public schools is commemorated here.
The road to California carried over 250,000 gold-seekers & farmers to the gold fields & rich farmlands of California during the 1840's and 1850's - the greatest mass migration in American history. More than 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen in the vast undeveloped west - reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American travelers and settlers.
Established in 1859 to protect the mail and travelers along the Santa Fe Trail. With 9 restored buildings, it is one of the best examples of Indian Wars period forts.
Established in 1842 as a base for the Army's peace-keeping efforts along the "Permanent Indian Frontier," fort was manned by dragoon and infantry soldiers.
In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, Lewis & Clark opened a window onto the west for the young United States.
The area preserves, protects and interprets the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War.
As the harbinger of America's westward expansion, the Oregon Trail was the pathway to the Pacific for fur traders, gold seekers, missionaries and others.
The Pony Express NHT was used by young men on fast horses to carry the nation's mail from Missouri to California in the unprecedented time of only ten days. The relay system became the nation's most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph, and it played a vital role in aligning California with the Union in the years just before the Civil War.
Take a journey between western Missouri and Santa Fe on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. You'll find adventure and evidence of past travelers who made this remarkable trip before you!
Protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass ecosystem. Of the 400,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie that once covered the North American Continent, less than 1 percent remains, primarily in the Flint Hills.