Where trees were scarce, native limestone was abundant on the Great Plains where the Volga Germans settled in America.  The native limestone in this region is close to the surface and usually uniform in thickness.  It is soft enough to split and shape when freshly quarried but hardens with exposure to the air.  Limestone was […]

Before white settlers arrived in Kansas, there were an estimated 20 million buffalo roaming the Great Plains.  Native Americans hunted the buffalo for food, clothing, housing, and other essential items.  As the first settlers, followed by the railroads, arrived in territorial Kansas they over-hunted and purposely sought to exterminate the buffalo herds.  Today buffalo, the […]