Friday, June 3, 2011

Tonganoxie Split

Tonganoxie is a city in northeast Kansas, population around 5000. Named for a Native American from the Delaware tribe who lived near the site of the town, it is known for a weather phenomenon called, ‘The Tonganoxie Split’.

Weather systems boil up in central Kansas and move with determination to the northeast, hit the area of Tonganoxie and split apart. Like a wave hitting the prow of a ship, the mass goes north and south and spares the region.

At least, that is the myth.

Northwest Missouri is in line with the so-called Tonganoxie Split. Sometimes is works, sometimes it doesn’t. Like about all legends.

Whatever, it sure makes for good growing conditions.


  1. Cool. I wonder why it works sometimes and not others. There's just no explaining weather, I guess.

  2. Wow, that's so interesting. ANd I love hearing about other people's heritage and folklore. Thanks for the cool insight into Tonganoxie life.

  3. love the name! makes me want to make up a legend for a short story...hmmm
    have a nice wknd =)

  4. Nice photos - looks like a great place to live.


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