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Cities on the plains : the evolution of urban Kansas

Author: James R Shortridge
Publisher: [Lawrence, Kan.] : University Press of Kansas, ©2004.
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"Cities on the Plains relates the history of Kansas's larger communities from the 1850s to the present. The first book to provide a comprehensive, comparative account of an entire state's urban development, it shows how Kansas's current hierarchy of cities and urban development emerged from a complex and ongoing series of promotional strategies. Railroads, the mining industry, the cattle trade - all exercised their
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Shortridge, James R., 1944-
Cities on the plains.
[Lawrence, Kan.] : University Press of Kansas, ©2004
(OCoLC)607262357
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James R Shortridge
ISBN: 0700613129 9780700613120
OCLC Number: 53276290
Description: xiv, 480 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Systems of cities on the plains --
The river towns to 1860 --
Lawrence, Topeka, and the placement of public institutions, 1854-1866 --
Railroad promotion and a reconceptualization of urban Kansas, 1863-1880 --
Later railroads and railroad towns, 1877-1910 --
Mining, irrigation, and newer institutional towns, 1876-1950 --
Urban consolidation in a railroad mode, 1880-1950 --
Postindustrial Kansas I: the interstate cities since 1950 --
Postindustrial Kansas II: life beyond the exit ramps.
Responsibility: James R. Shortridge.
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From Abilene to Wichita and beyond, a constellation of cities glitters across the fertile plains of Kansas. Their story is entwined with that of the state as a whole, and their size and status are  Read more...

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