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Winners of 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography announced

Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area.
Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area. Courtesy Photo

The 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography were announced Thursday, with 12,401 votes cast.

The contest is one of a series that the Kansas Sampler Foundation is promoting.

It allows people of all ages to pick their favorites things about Kansas, said Marci Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.

The top 8 winners of the Geography contest are:

Alcove Spring, Blue Rapids Chosen because of its historical significance as a stop for Indians, fur traders and emigrants on the Oregon Trail. Visitors can still see the wagon ruts, an intermittent waterfall and a long-flowing spring.

Coronado Heights, Lindsborg — Not only a historic landmark but a natural platform of Dakota Formation sandstone. It features a scenic overlook of the Smoky Hills and Smoky Hill River Valley.

Four-State Lookout, White Cloud — Offers a view of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa from a viewing platform. Views include glacial hills and the Missouri River.

Gyp Hills Scenic Drive and Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway, Barber and Comanche Counties — Known for their stunning rust-red buttes and mesa capped by layers of sparkling white gypsum.

Konza Prairie, Manhattan — Is an internationally recognized research site for tallgrass prairie ecology and has trails for public hiking through the Flint Hills.

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Canton — Known for its prairie and for being the only place in Kansas where buffalo and elk can be viewed in their natural habitat by the public.

Mushroom Rock State Park, Ellsworth County and Rock City, Minneapolis — Showcases Dakota Sandstone, deposited 100 million years ago and since exposed by the forces of erosion.

Pillsbury Crossing, near Manhattan — A flat, stone creek bottom that forms a natural ford and a long, broad waterfall that has been a landmark for generations.

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