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Kansas Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places [Paperback]

Patti DeLano
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June 1 2001 Off the Beaten Path Series
Whatever you do when you travel, get off the interstate. Who needs more bland rest stops and fast food? Get into the heart of things with Globe Pequot's Off the Beaten Path series. Devoted to travelers with a taste for the unique, this easy-to-use guide helps you discover the hidden places in Kansas that most tourists miss - unsung, unspoiled, and out-of-the-way finds that liven up a week's vacation, a day trip, or an afternoon.

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"From the Garden of Eden to the Old Dutch Windmill to Castle Rock, you can find almost all that Kansas has to offer [in this book]."
--The Wichita Eagle
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Whatever you do when you travel, get off the interstate. Who needs more bland rest stops and fast food? Get into the heart of things with Globe Pequot's Off the Beaten Path series. Devoted to travelers with a taste for the unique, this easy-to-use guide helps you discover the hidden places in Kansas that most tourists miss - unsung, unspoiled, and out-of-the-way finds that liven up a week's vacation, a day trip, or an afternoon. (5 1/2 X 8 1/2, 272 pages, maps, illustrations)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - but loaded with inaccuracies July 3 2001
Format:Paperback
I find "Kansas Off the Beaten Path" (5th edition) to be an interesting guide to Kansas sights and attractions, but it seems to be loaded with inaccuracies.
Page 4 - "The term Huron is not really the name of a Native American Tribe..." Wrong - there is a Huron tribe.
Page 7 - "The Great Mall of the Great Plains - Kansas City" This is in Olathe - not Kansas City.
Page 38 - "Wealthy old Marblecrest Street has a panoramic view of the Marmaton River valley..." Marblecrest is neither wealthy nor old, and very little of it overlooks the river valley.
Page 38 - "The Good Ol' Days...is a celebration of life from the 1840s through today...." It is the recreation of an 1899 Street Fair.
Page 39 - "The Bourbon County Fair takes place the fourth week in July..." If you come then, you will miss it.
Page 41 - "Hollister Wildlife Area, 8 miles southwest of Fort Scott on Highway 69...." It's several miles off Highway 69.
Page 42 - "...Darnaby's Berry Farm and Country House...." It has been closed for several years.
Page 51 - The account of the Civil War battle: "...a total massacre of the Fort Scott troops." This is incorrect.
Page 130 - The account of Squaw's Den Battleground: "Their escape took them through eastern Kansas...." their route was in western Kansas.
This could be a really good guide to out-of-the-way attractions in Kansas, but I could not trust its accuracy. If there are as many mistakes in the rest of the book as in the portion with which I am familiar, I question its value. A book in its 5th edition should have those inaccuracies corrected. The authors need to recheck some of their information.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - but loaded with inaccuracies July 3 2001
By Winfield Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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I find "Kansas Off the Beaten Path" (5th edition) to be an interesting guide to Kansas sights and attractions, but it seems to be loaded with inaccuracies.
Page 4 - "The term Huron is not really the name of a Native American Tribe..." Wrong - there is a Huron tribe.
Page 7 - "The Great Mall of the Great Plains - Kansas City" This is in Olathe - not Kansas City.
Page 38 - "Wealthy old Marblecrest Street has a panoramic view of the Marmaton River valley..." Marblecrest is neither wealthy nor old, and very little of it overlooks the river valley.
Page 38 - "The Good Ol' Days...is a celebration of life from the 1840s through today...." It is the recreation of an 1899 Street Fair.
Page 39 - "The Bourbon County Fair takes place the fourth week in July..." If you come then, you will miss it.
Page 41 - "Hollister Wildlife Area, 8 miles southwest of Fort Scott on Highway 69...." It's several miles off Highway 69.
Page 42 - "...Darnaby's Berry Farm and Country House...." It has been closed for several years.
Page 51 - The account of the Civil War battle: "...a total massacre of the Fort Scott troops." This is incorrect.
Page 130 - The account of Squaw's Den Battleground: "Their escape took them through eastern Kansas...." their route was in western Kansas.
This could be a really good guide to out-of-the-way attractions in Kansas, but I could not trust its accuracy. If there are as many mistakes in the rest of the book as in the portion with which I am familiar, I question its value. A book in its 5th edition should have those inaccuracies corrected. The authors need to recheck some of their information.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kansas - Off the Beaten Path June 1 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is interesting, but seems to have a number of inaccuracies. i.e., the location of the Branding Iron Restaurant (p. 45), the military bridge, "...one of only two remaining structures..."(p. 43)[the bridge was dismantled many years ago (maybe 20 years); "Wealthy old Marblecrest Street .." (p. 42), [I guess this is Marblecrest Drive; I would not call Marblecrest Drive wealthy or old]; the Battle of Mine Creek, "...fought near Trading Post..."(p. 42) [Mine Creek Battlefield is several miles from Trading Post; it is about two miles from Pleasanton.]
I find the book interesting, but with these inaccuracies in the areas with which I am familiar would cause me to be afraid to trust the book for areas in which I am not familiar.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful! Sept. 13 2007
By ellie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've found a number of really great places by using this book. To name a few, there's the chalk pyramids (the directions weren't great, but once I saw the roads I understood why), the Kauffman Museum, and Coronado Heights north of Lindsborg, Kansas, aka "Little Sweeden." This is a travelers guide, and as such, will do a good job of showing people who are unfamiliar with Kansas around the state and to some places that they might not otherwise know are there. I am a transplant from Pennsylvania, and have shown myself around my new state using this book. There are scores of places, events, and landmarks that are quirky, interesting, or astonishing in this book. Had I never gotten this volume, I'd still think Kansas was as boring as I did before I moved here. And now I actually know more about it than most of the people with whom I work who have lived here their whole lives! This book, like all in the series, is worth having, or at least checking out, if you're headed out to the Sunflower State.
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