30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience
Feel the rumbles
Feel the ground rumble and shake as more than 1,500 bison thunder into a Custer State Park prairie valley in South Dakota. Each fall, cowboys and cowgirls round up one of America's largest publicly owned bison herds in a few magnificent, dust-filled minutes.
Feel the grass-covered, packed-dirt ruts pounded down by the hundreds of thousands of wagon wheels and animal hooves on the Santa Fe Trail. During the mid-1800s, travelers headed south with goods to trade and north with gold and silver. They trampled these 900 miles between Missouri and New Mexico (still Mexico then). Today, one of the longest continuous and most clearly defined stretches is the nearly two-mile section of the trail nine miles west of Dodge City, Kansas.