POST ROCK COUNTRY - A unique region in Central Kansas

A visit to Post Rock Country, in Central Kansas, just might change your mind about the prairie states. 
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For miles in every direction little rural towns and sprawling ranches are all built of yellow limestone. Old jail houses and gorgeous churches, working barns with grand arched doorways and single room homes long without life. And down any road, lining pastures and fields to every horizon, are stone fence posts. Fences became a necessity. A few laws, aimed at controlling cattle damage and land grabbers, required almost everyone to have a fence around their property. And properties were big. They say thirty to forty thousand miles of barbed wire fence line still stand with stone posts, or Post Rocks, as they are called, in Post Rock Country. 
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75 Million years ago the center of North America was a vast shallow ocean. When the water receded it left behind a dry ocean floor that is primarily composed of broken down sea animals; the thin shells of small shrimp-like creatures. Billions of these tiny animals, along with clams, oysters and the occasional ammonite, make up Kansas Limestone. Most of the sediment in this area is loose, sand-like dirt. The thickest layer can be found a few feet under the surface on high ground. Larger trees are unable to send roots through this layer, which explains why there were no trees to speak of, and no lumber for early settlers to build with. The railroad finally brought other materials when it arrived in 1920. And so, when early homesteaders were looking for building material this one layer of limestone was the only option. From Dodge City in the south up above Scandia in the north, and from about Salina on the eastern border over to Hays on the western edge, this region of Kansas, called Post Rock Country, stands out. 
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