The Myths and Mysteries of Kansas by Diana Lambdin Meyer

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True stories, according to the cover, of the (supposedly) unsolved and unexplained.

I picked the book up when they had a book fair at the work atrium. After reading through it, I felt a little misled. I was hoping for more ghost stories, especially since I’ve heard of the stories of Atchison, Kansas, our “most haunted town.”

For Kansas Day though, I thought it would be fitting to tell you what I did learn from the book. It basically focused on legendary characters that may have lived or passed through. The Bloody Benders, Buffalo Bill Cody, and General Custer, to name a few.

These stories, if you remember your Kansas History from middle school, would be familiar to you already. The author added more detail though, and it did make it more interesting. 12 Chapters of things about Kansas.

Things I didn’t know: basketball was “invented” in Lawrence, Kansas. Now, I understand why the Jayhawks are so passionate about their team. Better not let that 6th man on the court down. Also, ever heard of Nicodemus, Kansas? The Legendary Black Town of the West? Makes me want to visit actually. The author states the the first settlers made dwellings against hills and some are still there today.

So, yes, I felt a little deceived by the title, but still glad I own the book. Something I can lend out to those Kansas History fanatics.

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