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Claflin in Barton County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway

 
 
Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 13, 2016
1. Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway Marker
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When you think of Kansas, what pops into your mind? Prairie? Wheat? Dorothy? The Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway will forever reshape your image of this part of the "Sunflower State." This 77-mile Byway connects two of the world's most significant natural wetlands—Cheyenne Bottoms and the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. More than 60,000 acres of wetlands host millions of migrating birds each year, including waterfowl, shorebirds, even whooping cranes. No wonder this region has been named one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas.

But the Byway offers far more than beautiful wetlands and birds. Along your trek, you'll see native stone buildings, underground tunnels, metal street art, WPA art and bridges, an operating flour mill, a stretch of the Santa Fe Trail, a raptor center, and more. So grab a Byway map, slip in the audioguide, and discover our extraordinary corner of the planet.

Who We Are
The Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway traverses Barton, Reno, and Stafford counties, connecting the communities of Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend, Hoisington, Hudson, St. John, and Stafford. Partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, the Kansas Department of Transportation, and The Nature Conservancy.

Motion and Change
Along

Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway and Great American Desert Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 13, 2016
2. Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway and Great American Desert Markers
the Byway, you'll encounter landscapes and communities filled with stories of motion and change. You're entering a region etched with the memory of vast bison herds, a land of stunning bird migrations, of wild winds and weather, and of richly layered human history. Welcome!
 
Erected by Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway, Kansas Dept of Transportation, and Federal Highway Administration.
 
Location. 38° 31.354′ N, 98° 32.303′ W. Marker is in Claflin, Kansas, in Barton County. Marker is on Front Street (State Highway 4) west of 4th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: City Park, Claflin KS 67525, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Settling the "Great American Desert" (here, next to this marker); Wings Over the Water (approx. 4.6 miles away); Prey and Play (approx. 4.6 miles away); Hotel Wolf (approx. 11.9 miles away); Fort Zarah (approx. 14.4 miles away); Site of Fort Zarah (approx. 14.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway. (Submitted on July 11, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kansas Byways: Wetlands & Wildlife. (Submitted on July 11, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wetlands & Wildlife Scenic Byway. (Submitted on July 11, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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