Friend, Kansas is in Finney County, north of the Arkansas River. The town does not show on all maps (nor is it in the Garmin database), but it still exists.
The town of St. John, Kansas was named for Governor John St. John in a rather brazen attempt to win the county seat of Stafford County. It worked.
Larned, Kansas is on the old Santa Fe Trail and is not far from the original fort from which it takes its name.
The Smokey River valley may not be deep, but it certainly is wide.
Land speculators James Keeney and his partner Albert Warren named their new town (one suspects beer was involved) in 1879.
Horseshoe pits on the courthouse lawn--a nice touch.
US-83 across White Woman Basin.
Shallow Water had a post office in 1913, and lost it in 1957.
The town was originally called McCue in 1879, but was renamed by the Santa Fe Railroad. Why? I don't know.
The (closed) school is surprisingly large. It appears that somebody miscalculated the number of children that would need a school in the next twenty or thirty years.
I have eaten at the chuck wagon restaurant in Meade, Kansas several times. Frankly, it isn't the best, but there isn't much choice.
This impressive (now Union Pacific, was Rock Island) railroad cut parallel to US-54 north of Meade has the non-uniform look of being done by shovel and mule.
Bloom, Kansas. I've been by it countless times, but had never stopped until today.
Greensburg, Kansas is still being rebuilt after the devastating EF5 tornado of 2007 (apparently only the first time a tornado was classified at the maximum rating).