Near Belle Plaine in Sumner County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Wheat Capital of the World
— Tour the Turnpike - Belle Plaine —
Mennonites who emigrated from Europe in the 1870's planted the first crops of wheat while isolated in the vast, open spaces of the grasslands.
The courage and persistence of the pioneers has left a legacy that continues to influence America's entire agricultural industry.
Know primarily for its production of wheat, Kansas is also a leading producer of sorghum, sunflower seeds, and corn.
Erected by Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 37° 22′ N, 97° 19.349′ W. Marker is near Belle Plaine, Kansas, in Sumner County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 35 at milepost 26, in the median. Located in the Kansas Travel Information Center Rest Area near Belle Plaine Kansas. Touch for map. Marker is at Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Chisholm Trail in Sumner County (here, next to this marker).
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.