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Castle Rock, Quinter

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Castle Rock is a large limestone pillar landmark in Gove County, Kansas. The formation and the nearby badlands are located in the Smoky Hills region of Kansas, which is approximately 11 miles south of I-70 near Quinter, Kansas.DescriptionCastle Rock was a landmark on the Butterfield Overland Despatch route (Overland Trail). The chalk was deposited in the area by an ancient inland sea. The formation was formed by the weathering of the chalk by wind and water. It received its name because it is said to look like a castle rising above the prairie.Weathering of the rock formation is increasing due to visitors climbing on the rocks. In 2001, following a thunderstorm, the tallest spire fell.On January 29, 2008, Castle Rock and Monument Rocks 31 miles to the west were jointly named as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.ImagesFurther readingKansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook),(Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)
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  • The roads here are impassable when wet. We were in a Prius and came in the back way and the road is barely there. Rough terrain. We walked around the area but did not go to the hoodoos. It makes for s...  more »
  • This was such a fun and interesting place to visit, considering how flat the rest of the state is. We also discovered a multitude of wildflowers everywhere as well. As it was so totally isolated, it w...  more »
  • Castle Rock was made from the chalk formations when the inland sea in the area receded. It is fast changing due to nature. Not sure how long we will be able to enjoy this fantastic view.  more »