High Plains Scenic Byway nomination approved
The Kansas Scenic and Historic Byway Committee has approved the nomination for a proposed scenic byway in Wallace, Sherman and Cheyenne Counties in Northwest Kansas. Sue Stringer, Manager of Kansas Byways and Kansas Agritourism at Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Department, made the announcement at a public meeting March 19, 2015, in Goodland.
Stringer came to Goodland at the invitation of Sherman County Convention and Visitors Bureau staff Donna Price and Roxie Yonkey. Price and Yonkey have spearheaded byway formation and had completed the nomination application.
Price is excited about the “great team we have put into place. We are eager to get to work on the High Plains Scenic Byway and tell our visitors – and our citizens – about the beauty of Northwest Kansas.”
“I am very pleased that the State of Kansas has recognized the natural beauty and historic significance found in Sherman County. I look forward to their eventual approval of Highway 27 as a scenic byway, which will help us showcase all the wonderful things we have to offer to travelers from all over,” Sherman County Commission Chair Ken Klemm said.
“The scenic byway will be a great way to increase tourist knowledge, educate the public, and will be an economic boost to our three counties,” Brett Poling, Chairman, Cheyenne County Commissioners, said.
“We need to do anything we can to keep Wallace County moving ahead, along with other Northwest Kansas counties,” Bruce Buck, Wallace County Commissioner, said.
The approval is the first stage in developing the proposed High Plains Scenic Byway. Byway route is 91 miles of Kansas Highway 27 from its intersection with U.S. Highway 40 in Sharon Springs to the Kansas-Nebraska state line. Besides its southern origination point in Sharon Springs, the section of Highway 27 designated as the byway will pass through or adjacent to the cities of Goodland, Wheeler and St. Francis. When completed, the byway will be the 12th scenic or historic byway in Kansas.
“It appears to me to be a great project for Northwest Kansas. I hope we can all work together to make it happen,” Annette Fairbanks, Mayor of Goodland, said.
A byway is a road recognized for one or more of six intrinsic qualities: archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic. The Kansas Byways program identifies scenic and historic routes in the state and preserves, enhances and promotes the routes through a cooperative grassroots partnership. The byway will introduce travelers to what this part of Kansas is really about —
the people, the lifestyle and the scenic wonders of the area,” Helen Dobbs, Director, Cheyenne County Development Corporation, said.
Byway designation does not entail government control of the land along the route.
“This approval gives the byway committee the approval to commence Phase One of byway creation,” John Foster of Wallace County Visitors Bureau said. Foster was instrumental in establishing the Western Vistas Historic Byway, which runs from Sharon Springs along U.S. Highway 40 to Oakley and south along Kansas Highway 83 to Scott City.
The next step is a mile-by-mile survey of the route, followed by a Corridor Management Plan.
If interested in joining a byway committee, please contact Jayne Humphrey Pearce, Wallace County Visitors Bureau, firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-891-3564; Donna Price, Sherman County Convention and Visitors Bureau, email@example.com, 785-890-3515; or Helen Dobbs, Cheyenne County Development Corporation, firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-332-3508.by