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Author Roxie Yonkey Unveils the Secret Side of Kansas

Recently on High Plains Morning, I visited with Roxie Yonkey, author of Secret Kansas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Her delightful compilation shares little-known facts about what makes the Sunflower State so special. Click the play button above to listen to our conversation.

If you have someone in your life that adores the history, heroes and highlights of HPPR's home state of Kansas, this book is for you. HPPR thanks Kansas author Roxie Yonkey for her time — and for her book, which is truly a celebration of the state's past (especially those who made it so fascinating). For more info on the book and to order a copy, click here. Also, check out her blog, Roxie on the Road.

Here's more about the book from the publisher's website:
"Among Kansas’s many wheat fields lie secrets and hidden stories of heroes and villains that even a fiction author could never devise. It wasn’t just Dorothy Gale of the Wizard of Oz who roamed The Wheat State. Secret Kansas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure will introduce you to a true cast of characters along with the little-known history of their inventions, deeds, and fame.

Learn about the first indigenous woman to argue before the Supreme Court to save her ancestors’ graves from greedy developers. Discover how Frank Bellamy from Cherryvale wrote the Pledge of Allegiance, only to lose his claim to its authorship. Inventions abound in Kansas history such as Mentholatum, which had a small role in ending World War II. From Capt. Emil Kapaun who is headed for sainthood to the fraudulent Goat Gland Doctor whose tonics started many entertainers’ careers, there’s no shortage of fascinating anecdotes to choose from. Add to that the countless examples of courageous captains, game-changing women, along with a few ne’er-do-wells whose biographies are chronicled here.

Longtime Kansan Roxie Yonkey will unearth the hidden roads and secret passages to unearth the state’s buried treasures. Visitors and lifelong residents alike will find a surprise on every page."

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.