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Old West

Custer's Trials: New Book Explores George Custer's Time in Kansas

George Armstrong Custer is famous for the Battle of the Little Big Horn, but there's a lot you might not know about him. You can read about Custer's adventures in Kansas in a new book called Custer's Trials. This photograph depicts a buffalo hunt along the Big Timber River, south of Hays, Kansas. Some more well-known members of the hunting party include Custer, Hill P. Wilson, Captain Tom Custer and General Samuel D. Sturgis, 1869. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)

Custer's Last Stand. We all know that story. But did you know Custer once accidentally shot his own horse? That he faced court martial for shirking his patrol duty? Commentator Rex Buchanan reviews a new book about George Armstrong Custer's time in Kansas. It's called Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.

What Happened to the Great Grasshopper Plague?

Locusts in the sky in 1898. (Background photo courtesy of Library of Congress)

You may be "hopping" mad at the oak tree itch mites that have invaded Kansas this summer, but 140 years ago, there was another insect that was a far greater nuisance in the Old West: the grasshopper. Commentator John Richard Schrock tells us how trillions of grasshoppers once darkened the skies over Kansas, blocked out the sun and ate nearly everything in their path.

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