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Gypsum Hills named one of 8 Wonders of Kansas

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Gyp Hills Scenic Drive and Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway earned a place among the 8 Wonders because of the beauty of the red-colored butte-and-mesa topography. The rocks were deposited in the Permian Period about 250 million years ago when a large shallow bay covered much of the area. When the bay was cut off from the ocean and the water evaporated, the rocks left behind were salt and gypsum. Much of the 22-mile route on the byway is open range cattle country. See the Gyp Hills three miles west of Medicine Lodge on U. S. 160. Travel the byway on U.S.160 from Medicine Lodge to Coldwater.

via Land thrills.

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Written by Elizabeth McCullough

February 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm

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