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|US Highway 75 leads north from Topeka, crosses the Kansas River and stretches upward toward Nebraska. The current highway follows a route used by the Underground Railway in Civil War times. Turning west onto US Highway 36 takes one through Seneca to Marysville. Marysville once had a ferry across the Big Blue River and was a stop on the Pony Express route.|
Seneca is on US Highway 36. A few miles
north of Seneca, nestled in rolling Kansas hills, is
St. Mary's Church. The tall, graceful church was
built in 1883 and restored in 1983. It is beautifully
built, both inside and outside, and is worthy of a stop.
Mr. Marshall ran a ferry across the Big Blue River for travelers using the Oregon Trail. He charged $5. towage per wagon. A town nearby was name after Mrs. Marshall, Marysville. The county was named after Mr. Marshall, Marshall County. The Marshall County Museum is housed in a beautiful old county courthouse. A park at the west edge of town has markers that explain the many trails that crossed the Blue River at Marysville and there is a replica ferry barge at the site.
early August, as we visited,
|Our traveling friends came home on blue highways (backways) through the Konza Prairie natural tallgrass prairie lands north of Tuttle Creek and Manhattan, KS. The wide open spaces, rolling hills, wildflowers and wide sky filled us with peace and made our spirits sour with the hawks--seen drifting over prairie vistas.|