Benjamin Franklin Mudge is known for conducting the first survey of this type in Kansas.
He found salt in central Kansas, coal in the southeastern corner and fossils in western Kansas. He also made discoveries that prompted world-renowned rival paleontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope to lead later expeditions into western Kansas.
Across 83,000 square miles of Kansas, nearly all of it frontier, Mudge traveled and while he did so, cultural conflicts in Kansas were extremely harsh.
American Indian tribes were attacking new settlements springing up on their lands in Kansas. The federal government used military troops to keep peace and established both Fort Harker and Fort Zarah near the crossroads of the Santa Fe Trail.
Mudge forged ahead.
Question: So, what did Benjamin Franklin Mudge do?
Answer to Monday’s question: The Atomic Veterans Memorial Highway.
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