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Turbulence is a characteristic of the southeast region’s history. The Civil War was most intrusive in this region, including the “Bleeding Kansas” battles. The Battle of Mine Creek was fought in 1864 just a few miles south of Pleasanton and involved 25,000 troops. Downtown Fort Scott retains a turn-of-the-century look, with Victorian homes on beautiful brick streets. The area has also spawned a couple of notable American literary figures - Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie and William Inge Picnic, Bus Stop.
If those who want tighter arsenic standards in drinking water had true geologic knowledge, they would know that both arsenic and mercury are some of the many elements that Nature put in the earth and that the groundwater has picked up over the thousands of years. Often, arsenic (As) is associated with gold deposits, even low grade, and other sulfide ore deposits. In many places in the USA, there are geological deposits of the mineral cinnabar (mercury sulfide) and pure mercury, such as the Big Bend area of Texas near the Rio Grande river. Over geological time, the groundwater has picked up mercury in many places over thousands of years. There are also geological formations that contain trace amounts of mercury in their sediments that for eons have been washing into the rivers, groundwater, and soils.
Neosho River -
A tributary of the
Arkansas River in
Oklahoma, the river is approximately 460 miles long. The waterway is formed by two branches, one of which rises a few miles west
of Parkerville in Morris County, while the other has its source in the
southwest part of Wabaunsee County, at a point a little southeast of the
village of Alta Vista. These branches unite in Morris County at a point a
little northwest of Council Grove and flow in a southeast direction
through the counties of Morris, Lyon, Coffey, Woodson, Allen, Neosho,
Labette and Cherokee before entering
Oklahoma at a point about due south of Melrose. From here,
it flows in a southerly direction
and empties into the Arkansas River near
the city of Muskogee, about a mile downstream of the confluence of the
and the Verdigris River.
Medicine Lodge River - A tributary of the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River,
the 130 mile long river in southwest Kansas
rises in the southern part of Kiowa County. It then flows generally southeastwardly
through Barber County, Kansas into Alfalfa County,
Oklahoma where it joins
Salt Fork of the Arkansas River
about five miles northeast of Cherokee. The name is of Indian origin and has also been
called in the past the "A-ya-dalda-pa River," "Medicine Lodge Creek"
and "Medicine River." It got its name from a large hut built by
the Kiowa Indians, who believed the water from the river had healing
properties if ingested or inhaled in a sauna type room. At its confluence
with Elm Creek in Barber County, the