Sneak Peak Inside My Kansas Book
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This 160-page book, published by Midwest Living® magazine, showcases the Sunflower State's natural beauty and unique character, from surprising red-rock canyons to wildflower-studded prairies.
Photographers who contributed to this project traveled this wide-open land for more than five years, recording thousands of images of the people, towns, landscapes and wildlife that blend to form the state's character. Their best work comes together to tell the stories of Kansas--the places that inspire awe as well as quiet admiration, the people who celebrate their heritage and their communities, and the towns that sparkle with friendliness and spirit.
Click ahead for a look at some of the pages in this full-color, hardcover book, which sells for $24.95. Order by clicking on the link below or calling 800/678-5752 (source code: MWLKANS).
With more small towns than metropolitan areas, Kansas never has lost touch with Main Street values. Communities with big old homes lining brick streets and friendly downtowns, each one unique, stretch from border to border. My Kansas' "Small Town Treasures" chapter captures the hometown pride and commitment to tradition that permeates every community.
Pictured: Bronze statues in downtown Independence.
The "Wildlife Wonders" chapter of My Kansas explores the wild and untamed side to the state--a place where bison roam, prairie chickens strut and clouds of geese wheel across broad skies. These fascinating creatures and the state's rich range of habitats draw adventurers and explorers, who discover another meaning altogether for "Home on the Range," the Kansas state song.
Pictured: Sandhill cranes at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, Great Bend.
Roads to Discovery
Less-traveled Kansas roads often provide the most memorable journeys. The "Roads to Discovery" chapter of My Kansas takes you down the Sunflower State's byways for unforgettable scenery and compelling history. With a combined 680 miles, the 10 byway routes meander through verdant valleys, towering buttes, wind-rippled prairies and wildlife-rich wetlands.
Pictured: Ridges and valleys, Gypsum Hills Byway.
What better way to get a taste of Kansas culture and heritage than through its food? My Kansas' "Classic Flavors" chapter shows that in this land of cattle and grain, the field-to-fork connection is tantalizingly direct. Melt-in-your-mouth breads and pastries as well as tender premium steaks offer reminders of Kansas' leading role in America's wheat and beef production.
Pictured: Smoked beef brisket and hickory pit beans, Oklahoma Joe's BBQ.
Kansas is a land of wide-open spaces and broad horizons, stretching nearly 400 miles from east to west. My Kansas' "Elbow Room" chapter showcases the state's wealth of diverse and dramatic scenery, from peaceful rolling prairies to the red-rock buttes, rocky spires and canyons of the south-central Gypsum Hills.
Pictured: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City.
Some of history's greatest movements, proudest achievements and most notable people trace their roots to the Sunflower State. The "Kansas Legacies" chapter of My Kansas explores the state's role in areas such as civil rights, aviation and national politics-as well as the Native American influence.
Pictured: The Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum, Abilene.
Back in the days of cattle drives, wagon trains and desperadoes, Kansas was the most exciting place an adventurous soul could plant his boots. Those frontier days are gone, but the state's legendary Western heritage isn't confined to history books. My Kansas' closing chapter, "Cowboy Country," shows how the adventure of the Old West lives on.
Pictured: Great American Cattle Drive, Ellsworth.