An 18 1/2-mile stretch of U.S. 400 west of Leon is the first highway in the nation to earn this designation.
It is in tribute to U.S. military veterans exposed to radiation during atomic weapons testing from 1945 to 1963.
In 2004, Gary Thornton of Leon and his friend Lawrence Halloran of Mulvane began a grassroots effort to gain national recognition for these veterans.
Thornton was exposed to alpha, beta and gamma radiation during four atomic tests.
He and Halloran started a petition and wrote letters to politicians seeking additional benefits to help atomic veterans deal with illness caused by radiation.
On July 16, 2004, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius recognized their efforts by declaring the day Atomic Veterans Day in Kansas.
But they continued seeking recognition for the veterans.
In May, 2009, the highway was designated.
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