Friday, October 10, 2008


You can really hear an echo when you throw your voice against Echo Cliff! It's so still and quiet here that you can hear the echo well.

Where are these sandstone cliffs that are probably at least 70 feet high? They are 2 miles west of Dover, then 1 mile south on Echo Cliff Road. Just before the old iron bridge you'll see the cliffs and a truly odd assortment of picnic tables.
Mission Creek is the shallow stream that flows at the base of the cliffs. Right now the fall colors should be great here!
Dover is an unincorporated town on the west border of Shawnee County on K-4.
You'd think the village of Dover had been named for the white cliffs of Dover England when it was formed in 1863. Maybe it was but the book 1001 Kansas Place Names says that early settlers may have chosen the name Dover from Dover, New Hampshire or from Dover, England. There were several English immigrants living in the township of Dover, which preceded the village.
See if the general store/cafe at the main intersection in Dover is open. If so, order sandwiches to go and have a picnic at Echo Cliff. It's one of those great Explorer places!
Get Kansas! Marci Penner, Kansas Explorer #2

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