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Near Galena in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Kansas Ozarks

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 21, 2011
1. The Kansas Ozarks Marker
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Geological remnants of Mississippian times are found in the limestone cave region of the 55 square mile Ozark Plateau in the very southeast corner of Kansas. The cherty limestones of the area were developed in marine environments during the late Mississippian Period (345 million years ago). Today it is characterized by sinkholes, caves, swift streams and steep cliffs. The well drained cherty soils are poorly suited for agricultural use. Because of rich veins of lead and zinc below the surface, this tri-state district became a lead and zinc mining center of worldwide importance in the 20th Century. Much of the original Ozark Oak-Hickory forestlands still remain in this region. The white and Shumard's oaks, and bitternut and shagbark hickorys dominate the landscape of steep limestone bluffs and clear streams.
 
Erected by Southeast Kansas Nature Center.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 2.575′ N, 94° 38.5′ W. Marker is
The Kansas Ozarks Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 21, 2011
2. The Kansas Ozarks Marker
Looking southwest across the Spring River from the Southeast Kansas Nature Center
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near Galena, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is at the Southeast Kansas Nature Center at Schermerhorn Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3511 South Main Street (Kansas Highway 26), Galena KS 66739, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mining And Its Impacts (approx. 2.3 miles away); Galena Chamber of Commerce, Galena, Kansas (approx. 2.3 miles away); Welcome To Galena (approx. 2.3 miles away); Galena Growth And Change (approx. 2.3 miles away); Route 66 Howard 'Pappy' Litch Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); Galena, Kansas (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Kansas Route 66 Historic District, East of Galena (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galena.
 
Also see . . .
1. Southeast Kansas Nature Center, Galena. (Submitted on November 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lead and Zinc Mining in Kansas. (Submitted on November 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Galena (Kansas) Lead Mine Superfund Site. (Submitted on November 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Ozark Plateau. Kansaspedia entry (Submitted on December 9, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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