High Plains History

Airs Wednesdays at 10:30 am and Saturdays at 12:30 pm

Take a few minutes to step back in time and explore the historical events, places, persons, social movements, and humorous incidents from the centuries of human settlement on the High Plains.  High Plains History is written and produced by Skip Mancini with the assistance of historians, historical societies, and museums from across the region. 

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Rawlins County Seat

Oct 2, 2012

Chicanery and hi-jinks were on tap in this non-violent but very heated county seat war.

A survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre became a famous figure in Native American History.

1965 brought more water than folks knew what to do with when the Arkansas River flooded its banks.

A philanthropist who wanted to give kids a place of their own founded a famous ranch in the Texas Panhandle.

Garden City has prospered by the labor, customs, and culture of hardworking immigrants from Old Mexico.

The Jordan Massacre

Aug 22, 2012

A mute witness to mayhem and murder was never able to tell the story of what really happened in Ness county in 1872.

Railroad Town

Aug 15, 2012

In out regional history, many towns were founded or folded by the route of a railroad. Perhaps no town was more influenced by the rails than Canadian, Texas.

Finnup Park

Aug 8, 2012

A walk in the park is on tap as we look at a Southwest Kansas family of philanthropists.

Kansas Folksongs

Aug 2, 2012

Listen to some "tuneful" history about the Jayhawk state.

Vigilante Justice

Jul 29, 2012

The last lynching in Kansas was called 'justice' by many.

Red Lights

Jul 22, 2012

Journey along some of history's darker streets and alleyways as we go in search of 'red lights districts' on the frontier.

Pianos on the Plains

Jul 15, 2012

Early settlers were self-reliant in all things, including entertainment.  They would find a place for musical instruments on their trek to the unknown west.  Old photos feature pioneers standing around a pump organ in front of a dugout home.   Pianos were expensive and difficult to transport.  The organ offered an affordable alternative.   Some creative souls even placed the organ inside an empty piano case, giving the illusion of owning the rare item.  As time passed, pianos and organs went through transition in size and structure making them affordable for the middle class.  Examples of t

Naming Mobeetie

Jul 8, 2012

Mobeetie has a long history of firsts.  First established town in the Texas Panhandle, first post office, first court house, first judicial system and jail, first school, and first reported tornado- a killer storm that took seven lives in 1898.  To this day, even though a virtual ghost town, it is considered the,  "mother city,"  of the panhandle.

Longhorn History

Jul 1, 2012

A look at the background of one very tough breed that helped  to feed the west.

 A famous playwright used his Kansas roots to create memorable characters and settings.

Hoover Pavilion

Jun 20, 2012

A special building in Wright Park has been home to social gatherings in Dodge City for many years.

German Russians

Jun 13, 2012

A look at an immigrant group who helped to settle the far northwest corner of Kansas.

Fort Elliott

Jun 6, 2012

 The Red River Wars necessitated the formation of a command post in the Texas Panhandle known as Fort Elliott.

Fleagle Gang

May 30, 2012

This true story of an infamous High Plains criminal gang plays like a fictional gangster movie of the 1930's complete with bank robberies, getaways, murders, manhunts and capture.

In 1939 the world premiere of the Hollywood western “Dodge City” brought thousands to Dodge City from both coasts and all points in-between, arriving by car, horseback and three special trains.  A parade, wild west show, rodeo and raucous celebrations accompanied the movie, which played simultaneously in three theaters.

 

Augusta Metcalfe

May 16, 2012

A visit to far west Oklahoma and the home place of a famous painter.

Center City

May 9, 2012

If  a street could talk …. Polk Street would tell of the times when neon, cruising, boom and abundance were the themes of Amarillo.

The site of Old Tascosa in the Texas Panhandle has a rich history, beginning centuries ago with a prehistoric Indian culture that settled in a valley where several creeks converged into a river we now call the Canadian.  The Spanish explorer Coronado probably rested at the campsite in 1541 when he followed the Canadian in his trek across the plains.  Mexican traders used the site to barter with Indian tribes, and ultimately named it for the quicksand at the crossing.

Atwood Church

May 2, 2012

Follow the trail of a historical building that still stands in Rawlins county, Kansas.

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