What History Taught Me

Audrey Kalivoda, Documentarian

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What’s with the jokes on Kansas being flat? Come on people! Mount Sunflower, our highest point, is 4,039 feet. We have the Arikaree Breaks, the Flint Hills and miles of beautiful rolling hills. Not very flat, from my point of view.

The strangest Old West mythical place is the Garden of Eden in Lucas, which features some interesting works of art. The builder felt that the common man was forever being harassed by bankers, preachers and lawyers. Worth a stop!

The most untouched place is the great basin, south and east of Dodge City. Not a house, or car, in sight for miles.

Civil War Kansas is a neglected part of our history.  Living in the South and learning more about the war has me thinking and learning more about the role Kansas played.

Tobe Zweygardt is the best! I met him six years ago when I started my Arikaree Breaks research. He spent his 89th birthday taking us all over the back roads. He’s happiest out in “his” Breaks. He told us about the time when, as a kid, he found cans sealed with lead—probably left from the 1865 raid on Julesburg, Colorado. I experienced such joy in being able to talk to someone who has that much touch with the past.

One of my Dad’s best lines is “It’s to hell and gone!” Our family spent a lot of time driving the back roads, and Dad would often look at me and jokingly ask if we were lost.

I grew up near a buffalo...

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