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    by basstbn Written Jan 21, 2008

    Learn the colorful history of Cheyenne County; see a likeness of the Apollo 17 module (astronaut Ron Evans was born in St. Francis); visit an old country church (First German Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel) that has been moved to the site.

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    by basstbn Updated Jan 21, 2008

    Many historians pinpoint this as the spot where the Plains Indian Wars began, ending with the Battle of the Little Big Horn (where General Custer's troops were defeated) in 1876. At Cherry Creek, Cheyenne Indian survivors of the Sand Creek Massacre gathered to regroup. News of the senseless massacre spread quickly and several thousand warriors of various plains tribes joined the survivors to plan their revenge, beginning with an attack at Old Julesburg in eastern Colorado.

    At the site are a series of iron silhouettes, most notably a horse-mounted Indian warrior on a bluff guarding the village. Plaques list the names of the Cheyenne survivors of the Sand Creek massacre.

    Note - my photos were taken as the sun was setting. Sorry for the lack of detail.

    Cottonwood trees along Cherry Creek in autumn
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    by basstbn Updated Dec 23, 2007

    If you can make the effort to visit this area, you will be rewarded with numerous views that you would never expect to see in Kansas. Taking that one step further, you will be in a part of the state that few Kansas have seen, or even know to exist. As much as I have traveled the Sunflower State, it was late in my 63rd year before I got there.

    In the northwest corner of Cheyenne County, and extending into Colorado and Nebraska, is an area where the Republican and Arikaree Rivers, as well as centuries of wind, have carved canyons, rock formations, and other rough terrain. The vegetation is pretty much limited to yucca, sage, and native buffalo grass, as well as sunflowers and other wildflowers along the roadside.

    Note - Many of the roads are rough gravel, and those in the areas you most want to see are just dirt - so this is a fair weather excursion!

    The breaks all appear to be within privately owned land upon which cattle is being grazed. So , you can only view and take photos from the roadside. This may, in part, why I have seen few photos that adequately portray the ruggedness of the area. I sure would like to get out into the country on horseback!

    Gravel road through the Arikaree Breaks Tumbleweed on the fence
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