US 160 in Kansas
Travel across southern Kansas from cowboys to coal mines.
Enter Stanton County
- Johnson City - county seat of Stanton County
- Big Bow
Enter Grant County
- Ulysses Visit the hotel at the museum
Enter Haskell CountyJoin US 83 and turn South - the pile of cattle feed on the northwest side of the intersection is the tallest hill for many miles.
Intersect US 56 between Sublette and Satanta
Enter Seward CountyTurn East leaving US 83 which continues south to Liberal.
Enter Meade County
- Plains - with possibly the widest main street in the U.S.
Missler is just a couple of miles north of 160
- Meade - county seat of Meade County
Enter Clark County
Join US 283 and go South.
Go through the Land of the Plains Indian and the Big Basin sinkhole
Leave US 283 and go East
Keiger Creek has carved photogenic little canyons through the red rocks.
- Ashland - county seat of Clark County
- Sitka is a mile south.
Join US 183
Enter Comanche County
Enter Barber County [Mile 201.8]
- Sun City is just seven miles North. [Mile 205.6]
- Deerhead is three miles south - Nothing much is left. [Mile 206.8]
One end of a scenic drive though the Gyp Hills goes south. [Mile 211.9]
There is a scenic lookout on the north side. [Mile 215.8]
Other end of the Gyp Hills scenic drive runs South. [Mile 221.5]
Cross the Medicine River. [Mile 224.6]
- Medicine Lodge - county seat of Barber County.
On the east side of town a historical marker describes the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaties.
- Sharon - Take a side trip South to Hazelton & Kiowa
Enter Harper County
See the grave of a TRUE Republican in the cemetery here
- Crystal Springs
At about mile 252 there is a fine old abandoned two-room school on the north side of the highway.
- For a side trip into Anthony go South on K-14
- Freeport - Kansas' smallest city
Enter Sumner County
- Argonia - home of America's first woman mayor
Highway K-49 leads south to Caldwell with all of its rich history.
Highway 160 crosses the old Chisolm Trail about one mile East of Mayfield. There is a nice red stone historical marker describing it a mile South of US 160, just over the AT&SF tracks.
- Wellington - county seat of Sumner County
Cross over the Kansas Turnpike (I-35) on the east side of Wellington.
- Oxford - famous for its old mill
Enter Cowley County
- Winfield - home of Southwestern College
Just before you leave Cowley county, there is an unpaved road at mile 348.9 leading North. A mile or so up this road is the vanished town of Grand Summit; all that's left is one house, some sidewalks and a rusting sign beside the AT&SF tracks.
Enter Elk County
Leave the high prairies of the Flint Hills and cross the Caney River
- Elk Falls - The living ghost town
Cross the Elk River
- Oak Valley
Enter Montgomery County
- Elk City - almost surrounded by the Elk City Wildlife Refuge
Cross the Elk river (again)
Ride along the levee that helps form the Elk City Lake.
- Independence - County Seat of Montgomery County
Montgomery County was once the home of the Osages.
Enter Labette County
Leave Labette County. Travel the border between Cherokee & Crawford County
Join US 69 and enter Crawford County.
- Buchanan, Rex & MacCauley, James Roadside Kansas (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas; 1987)
- Chapter 1 is a geological tour guide to US-160
- The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas; 1984) - reprint
- Tour 6 (pages 423-438) covers US 160
For more about US 160 write:U. S. 160 Highway Group
Rt 2. Box 10A
Harper, KS 67058