Abstract representation of Emporia Kansas

Abstract representation of Emporia Kansas

This pin was given to me by Ron Eberhardt, now retired from TxDot. He obtained it at a professional meeeting.

I got my PhD from the University of Kansas (Lawrence) but I never visited Emporia.

Emporia is a city in and the county seat of Lyon County, Kansas, Emporia lies between Topeka and Wichita at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 with Interstates 335 and 35 on the Kansas Turnpike.

Flint Hills run from northeast to south central Kansas. The hills are pinched out by the more recent glaciation in the northeast

Flint Hills run from northeast to south central Kansas. The hills are pinched out by the more recent glaciation in the northeast

Located on upland prairie, Emporia was founded on in 1857, drawing its name from ancient Carthaginian Africa, a place known in history as a prosperous center of commerce. Emporia is particularly known for its newspaper, the Emporia Gazette, published in the first half of the 20th century by the legendary newspaperman William Allen White. The paper became the widely perceived model of excellence in small-town journalism.

Emporia is in the Flint Hills Uplands of Kansas. The Flint Hills form a prominent erosional massif that stands well above lower plains to the east and west. The focus for excursions and field exercises is the central Flint Hills terrain in Chase , Butler, Lyon, and surrounding counties. This region represents a classic example of “layer-cake stratigraphy” at its best. The bedrock strata are revealed as a result of pervasive stream erosion, which has dissected deep valleys that cross the Flint Hills in all directions. The Flint Hills includes the largest region of native tallgrass prairie remaining in North America, and so the surficial geology and geomorphology are readily visible in the landscape, on air photos, and in satellite images.

The first railroad was extended to Emporia in 1869.

On June 8, 1974, an F4 tornado struck Emporia, killing six people, injuring 200 people, and causing $25 million in damages.

Digital Image by Jim Richardson

Digital Image by Jim Richardson

Emporia is located at 38°24′29″N 96°11′13″W (38.408148, -96.187054)[18] in east-central Kansas. It lies along the Kansas Turnpike at its intersection with Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 50, 108 miles (174 km) southwest of Kansas City, 58 miles (93 km) southwest of Topeka, and 87 miles (140 km) northeast of Wichita on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills. The Neosho River flows along the northern side of the city. The Cottonwood River, one of its tributaries, flows along the city’s southern edge and of two large city parks, Peter Pan and Soden’s Grove; the two rivers meet near the eastern boundary of Emporia and flow southeast to join the Arkansas River in Oklahoma.

Location: 16-F1

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