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Near Medicine Lodge in Barber County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway

 
 
Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Kiosk Historical Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
1. Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Kiosk Historical Detail
Inscription.

[Kiosk highlights sights
along the Byway]

[Historical section follows]
Ancient Hills
The Red Hills are unique to Kansas
Their distinctive color comes from
iron in the soil that "rusts"
Formed 100 million years ago from
red shale - sandstone - siltstone
gypsum - dolomite - salt

Much of the road was constructed
using horses and mules.

Part of Highway 160 was built as a
Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.

During World War II, the road was
vital to moving war materials.

 
Erected by Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway and Kansas Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 37° 16.904′ N, 98° 44.94′ W. Marker is near Medicine Lodge, Kansas, in Barber County. Marker is on U.S. 160 0.6 miles west of Bitter Creek Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker kiosk is about nine miles west of Medicine Lodge. Marker is in this post office area: Medicine Lodge KS 67104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away); Carry Nation Home (approx. 9.2 miles away); The First National Bank
Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
2. Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Kiosk
Looking west along US Hwy 160
(approx. 9.3 miles away); The Grand Hotel (approx. 9.3 miles away); Peace Treaty Memorial (approx. 9.4 miles away); Barber County Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.4 miles away); Medicine Lodge Stockade (approx. 9.4 miles away); Medicine Lodge Peace Treaties (approx. 11 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Medicine Lodge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway, Kansas. (Submitted on May 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Gypsum Hills Scenic Drive, Kansas. (Submitted on May 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Red Hills Physiographic Region, KS. (Submitted on May 8, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWar, World II
 
Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Kiosk (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
3. Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Kiosk (Side A)
Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Kiosk (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
4. Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Kiosk (Side B)
Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway (US Hwy 160) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
5. Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway (US Hwy 160)
Looking west, with semi hauling gypsum headed east
Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Road Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
6. Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway Road Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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