Blue Rapids in Marshall County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Monument to the Ice Age
—Blue Rapids, Kansas —
The age of ice made great changes in the Earth's climate. From 1.6 million to 10,000 years ago the climate chilled, glaciers formed and advanced and retreated at least twice. Advancing glaciers squeezed zones where plants, people and other animals lived -- and influenced who would survive.
Before the Ice Age there were elephant-like mammoths and mastodons, giant armadillos, huge ground sloths, super bison, horses, saber-toothed cats, rhinoceroses, and camels living here in Kansas. After the Ice Age, all of these became extinct in North America. Fossils of many of these animals have been found near Blue Rapids.
[Dedicated 19 May 2012]
Erected 2012 by George Callison and Concerned Blue Rapids Citizens and Organizations.
Location. 39° 40.896′ N, 96° 39.572′ W. Marker is in Blue Rapids, Kansas, in Marshall County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and 6th Street, on the left when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the Public Square. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Rapids KS 66411, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oldest Rocks in Kansas (here, next to this marker); Gigantic Glaciers War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Holm Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Blue Rapids Public Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blue Rapids Station Bell (about 600 feet away); Oldest Roundabout in Kansas (about 600 feet away); Historical Baseball Game (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blue Rapids.
Also see . . .
1. Blue Rapids revives Ice Age Monument. (Submitted on November 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ice Age Monument dedicated (The Blue Rapids Historical Society). (Submitted on November 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Animals • Environment • Paleontology •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.