Who would have thought we would drive almost 1,000 miles to see the world’s largest hand dug well . . . and that’s not all; it is one of the 8 wonders of Kansas! Well it turns out to be quite a story. The city of Greensburg, KS needed water and dug the stone lined well in1888 to get water from the Ogallala Aquifer. The well is 109 feet deep and 32 feet in diameter. Over the years some three million visitors have descended the stairway into the well. On the night of May 4, 2007 an E-5 tornado wiped out the entire downtown of Greensburg including the water tower beside the well and the gift shop. The town got together and began an amazing rebuilding program with new public buildings, energy efficient homes, and a beautifully architected museum with gift shop over the big well. After Greensburg we passed through Dodge City and really understood the movie statement “get the hell out of Dodge”. It is a regional meat packing center with a large area of plants as you enter from the east. However, they have worked hard to create a downtown on Wyatt Earp Avenue beside Boot Hill. Our last stop was to see the Santa Fe trail used by pioneers heading west between 1822 and 1872 when the railway was built. The trail went from Independance, MO to Santa Fee, NM. The ruts left by wagons are still on the prairie hills. There is not much to say about Garden City, but the RJ RV Campground is a retired KOA and the full service sites are level. Tomorrow we hope to get to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
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