Finalists Announced For 8 Wonders Of Kansas Geography

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

After six weeks of voting, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the 8 Wonders of Kansas Geography.

In alphabetical order:

  • Alcove Spring, Blue Rapids

  • Coronado Heights, Lindsborg

  • Four-State Lookout, White Cloud

  • Gyp Hills Scenic Drive and Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway, Barber & Comanche Counties

  • Konza Prairie, Manhattan

  • Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Canton

  • Mushroom Rock State Park, Ellsworth County and Rock City, Minneapolis

  • Pillsbury Crossing, near Manhattan

    Some key natural landmarks were not eligible for this contest because they were voted to be overall 8 Wonders of Kansas. Those places included Monument Rock & Castle Rock, Gove County; Quivira National Wildlife Refuge & Cheyenne Bottoms, Stafford and Barton counties; and Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and the Flint Hills, Chase County.

    Foundation director Marci Penner said, "To understand the state's geographic diversity, each of the 24 entries should be visited. Though some are less familiar to the general public, each should be seen and appreciated for what they bring to the Kansas landscape and story. Our geography is one of our best assets!"

    More than 12,400 votes came from across the state, every state in the union, and from many foreign countries. Each voter had to select eight from the 24 finalists and could only vote three times. Only the Cuisine contest generated more votes. Many schools voted in this contest.

    The Geography contest is one in a series. Earlier contests determined the overall 8 Wonders of Kansas and the top 8 in Architecture, Art, Commerce, Cuisine, and Customs. History is the next contest with public nominations being accepted the month of March at The People contest will start in July and wrap up the one-time series.

    A project of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, the contest is designed to educate the world about what there is to see and do in Kansas and encourage travel in the Sunflower State.

    More information about the 8 Wonders of Kansas can be found at

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