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From Long Roads to Long Horns

Do Ruby Red Slippers and a Yellow Brick Road come to mind when you think of Kansas?  For most Kansans, it actually is cattle drives and rolling wheat fields.  In fact, Wichita, a trading post on the Chisholm Trail, became a key destination for cattle drives traveling north from Texas to access railroads, earning it the nickname “Cowtown.” Eventually, Dodge City became home to the largest cattle market in the world. While railroads no longer move live cattle, they continue to deliver for Kansas, shipping wheat, corn and soybeans, which form the base of the state’s agricultural economy.