The Chautauqua Hills formed during the Pennsylvanian Period, about 286 million to 320 million years ago. They are made up of sandstone-capped rolling upland that extends as far north as Yates Center in Woodson County. Small patches of similar terrain can be found as far north as Leavenworth County. These hills are made up of thick sandstones of the Douglas Group. Since this land contains mostly rocky outcroppings, it is used largely for pastureland. Places of interest in the region include U.S. Hwy 160, Redbud Trail and City Park in Sedan.
Entry: Chautauqua Hills
Author: Kansas Historical Society
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Date Created: July 2011
Date Modified: May 2012
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