FLINT HILLS DAY TRIP
September 25, 2019
Sept 25, 2019
“The Flint Hills are an incredible, wonderful, almost magical place. There's no other place like it.” - Naturalist Jan Jantzen
The rolling landscape of the Flint Hills is part of the largest continuous tallgrass prairie left in the world. At Pioneer Bluffs we learn about a young immigrant who walked from Iowa to Kansas, in search of a new life with new opportunities and his legacy of respecting the land and preserving history. The classic early 1900s farm house, barns, and distinctive mile-long limestone fence are on the National Register Historic District. Experience the open range of the beautiful Flint Hills with a step-on guide who shares tales of the land of grass, limestone, fire, and grazing animals. A home cooked lunch is included at Pioneer Bluffs. Next, we tour the oldest courthouse in the Midwest still in daily use, The Chase County Courthouse. This 1873 structure is built from native limestone that was quarried and hand-cut in the Flint Hills. Highlights include a three-story black walnut spiral staircase, a working courtroom with a tin ceiling, judge’s chamber, and the unique solidly built jail with steel door. There is time to walk around the shops in downtown Cottonwood Falls before heading home.