The roads are straight and flat because let's face it, the state is pretty straight and flat. Very few things out here to go around or over.
I saw a lot of stone post fences which I consider pretty but hadn't given it much thought until I learned that limestone is abundant here on the prairie. Trees, not so much.
Speaking of fences, most barbed wire fences are 5 strands high, but if you see one that is 7 strands or higher odds are it's to keep the buffalo in. You see, they are really great jumpers.
Speaking of buffalo, it seems they tend to face into the wind unlike cattle that tend to have their backs to the wind, hence a buffalo will often walk into a storm and out of it on the other side while the cattle don't fare so well.
The wind has been harnessed in Kansas for as long as man as been around to use it. I saw several modern wind farms out on the prairies as I headed into Dodge City. About an hour west of Dodge I saw a "wing" yard filled with railroad cars and each car carrying one of those giant wings (I guess they're really vanes but wings sounds more poetic don't you think). But even some of the early settlers crossing the prairie put the wind to use by making a type of sail from the cover on their wagons. I'm sure there was enough wind to get them across but I think the horses and oxen would have had trouble keeping up.
monument to his hunting skills on Highway 83 in Oakley. Their claim to fame is that on this spot Bill Cody was given the nickname of Buffalo Bill after a hunting competition. Who are we to argue the fact?