One historic place along this highway which I did not mention in my last posting is in Oberlin, Kansas. I did not write of it because the place has a connection with this posting. In the late 1800s Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Comanche Indians were still in the Great Plains. Roving bands would attack settlers. In Oberlin in 1878 was a Cheyenne massacre, the last chapter relating to Native Indian battles for Kansas. In Phillipsburg, Kansas, our one and only overnight stop in Kansas, we stayed in a city park called Fort Bissell. Again I did my research after we had set up camp, and discovered that there really had been a Fort Bissell. It was not a military fort, but one built by settlers in the 1870s for protection from the Indians. Driving around the park that evening we saw a reproduction of the old fort.
The fort also has some wonderful antiques collected from local people. A first for us was a cigar lighter. We imagined it was only owned by stores, for customers to light up. It has a small kerosene tank on the side.