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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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Rawlins County Seat

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

High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Sand Creek Survivor Becomes Famous Historical Figure

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

High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Great Flood of 1965

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

High Plains History Episode
7:16 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Kids Find a Home in the Texas Panhandle

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

High Plains History Episode
6:24 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Mexican Immigrants Influence Southwest Kansas Community

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

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed August 22, 2012

The Jordan Massacre

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

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Railroad Town

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.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Finnup Park

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

High Plains History episode
3:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Kansas Folksongs

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

High Plains History episode
8:02 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Vigilante Justice

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

High Plains History episode
8:05 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Red Lights

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

High Plains History episode
8:03 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Pianos on the Plains

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

High Plains History episode
8:01 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Naming Mobeetie

The old jail in Mobeetie, Texas

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.

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High Plains History episode
8:01 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Longhorn History

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

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Kansas Playwright: Inge Ties

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

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Hoover Pavilion

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

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed June 13, 2012

German Russians

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

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Fort Elliott

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

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Fleagle Gang

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.

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 23, 2012

20,000 throng to Dodge City for Hollywood movie premiere

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.

 

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Augusta Metcalfe

Augusta Metcalfe

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

High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Center City

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

High Plains History episode
2:23 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Old Tascosa Lives On

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.

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High Plains History episode
6:30 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Atwood Church

Atwood Church

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

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