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Cherokee Lowlands

The Cherokee Lowlands cover 1,000 square miles in Bourbon, Crawford, Cherokee, and Labette counties, and are made up of a gently rolling plain. The rocks of this area are shale and sandstone of the Cherokee group. They are the second oldest in Kansas, being from the Pennsylvanian Period and about 300 million years old. The area is rich is soil nutrient, and primarily used as farmland. The area is also rich in coal, and was once a major mining area. The world’s largest electric shovel, Big Brutus, was used to mine in this region. Places to visit in the region are the Crawford County Historical Museum and the Mined Land Wildlife Areas.

Geographic regions of Kansas

Entry: Cherokee Lowlands

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: July 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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