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US 160   US 160 in Kansas


Travel across southern Kansas from cowboys to coal mines.


*   Enter Stanton County
  • Saunders
  • Manter
  • Johnson City Hospital Icon - county seat of Stanton County   Airport Icon
  • Big Bow

*   Enter Grant County
  • Ulysses Hospital Icon   Visit the hotel at the museum   Airport Icon
  • Hickok

*   Enter Haskell County
Join 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 County
Turn East leaving US 83 which continues south to Liberal. Hospital Icon

*   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 Hospital Icon - county seat of Meade County   Airport Icon

*   Enter Clark County

    Join US 283 and go South.

    Go through the Marker   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 Hospital Icon - county seat of Clark County   Airport Icon
  • 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 Hospital Icon - county seat of Barber County.   Airport Icon

    Historical marker icon 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
  • Attica
    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 Hospital Icon go South on K-14
  • Harper Hospital Icon   Airport Icon
  • Freeport - Kansas' smallest city
  • Danville

*   Enter Sumner County
  • Argonia - home of America's first woman mayor   Airport Icon
  • Milan

    Highway K-49 leads south to Caldwell with all of its rich history.   Airport Icon
     

  • Mayfield
     
    MARKER 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 Hospital Icon - county seat of Sumner County   Airport Icon
     
    Cross over the Kansas Turnpike (I-35) on the east side of Wellington.
     
  • Dalton
  • Oxford - famous for its old mill   Airport Icon

*   Enter Cowley County
  • Winfield Hospital Icon - home of Southwestern College   Airport Icon
  • Burden
  • Cambridge

    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
*   Enter Montgomery County
  • Elk City - almost surrounded by the Elk City Wildlife Refuge
     
    Cross the Elk river (again)
      U. S. Corps of Engineers icon Ride along the levee that helps form the Elk City Lake.
     
  • Independence Hospital Icon - County Seat of Montgomery County   Airport Icon
     
    Historical marker icon   Montgomery County was once the home of the Osages.
     
  • Cherryvale

*   Enter Labette County
     
    Historical marker icon   The murderous Bender family did their awful deeds in this area.
     
  • Parsons Hospital Icon
     
    Cross the Neosho River
 
Leave Labette County. Travel the border between Cherokee & Crawford County
 
*   Join US 69 and enter Crawford County.

References

  • 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

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