AA.KS3The other day I posted about my visit to Missouri’s Confederate Memorial State Historic Site located about an hour east of Kansas City, MO. I made that trip last Saturday. Last Sunday I took a day trip in the opposite direction, about two hours southwest of KC to the truly awe inspiring Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas.

As a boy who comes from the mountains of New England, seeing the expanse of the prairie, much like the vast majority of the Midwest looked like two hundred years ago, was a revelation. I loved following the Preserve’s many walking and hiking trails and looking to see if I could spot some of the bison that have been reintroduced to the prairie. Unfortunately I did not see any bison, but I saw plenty of bison “evidence”.

About Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: “Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie takes its last stand.”

Here’s a gallery of some of the photo’s I snapped while touring the Preserve and the historic building nearby – including a genuine pioneer-era one room schoolhouse on the prairie. Click the thumbnail below to see the full photo.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located in northern Chase County, Kansas on the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway.