Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – Day 31

Our last stop on this trip was in the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.  The Great Plains used to cover North America from Mexico to Canada and was home to some of the greatest herds known to men.  Now only 4 percent of this prairie remains – and almost all of that is in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

A year ago, the preserve reintroduced 13 bison back to the area.  The herd will continue to grow as the preserve creates a sanctuary for many animals that used to roam the area.  

The park also preserves the cultural history of the pioneers as they transformed this land from prairies to the farmlands that we know today.  This is a little schoolhouse that was built in 1882 that the local children would walk to for the day’s lessons.  We got a little lost here as well – and climbed under a fence and ended up in front of this schoolhouse.  We had to backtrack just a little bit.

It had also been discovered that we didn’t have any pictures of just me on this trip – so this is the final picture of the adventure.  However, there are plenty more adventures to come. 

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