Four-State Lookout, White Cloud
Photo credit Harland Schuster
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|Photo courtesy Harland Schuster|
Directions: From Main in White Cloud, turn north across from the community park at the Four State Lookout sign and go up the hill.
ABOUT THE LOOKOUT
For decades, folks have been going to that hilltop to see the river below and the four states. In the 1930s three concrete pillars were placed at the site of what is now known as the Four-State Lookout. The anchors were used to hold cables, since removed, that crossed the river.
In the early 2000s as the White Cloud Tourism Committee was preparing for their role in the 2004 bicentennial celebration of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. It was decided to add a 16-foot by 24-foot platform with concrete ramp to the hilltop above the trees. An interpretive sign was placed to explain the Lewis and Clark Expedition in this area.
|View of the Missouri River from the lookout. Photo courtesy Harland Schuster|
The pillars act as signage. "Four State Lookout White Cloud" is painted on one of the three white concrete pillars. "Nebraska" and "Iowa" are on the north pillar. "Missouri" and "Kansas" are painted on the south pillar. This is the only guide to which direction to look to see each state.
Nebraska is just three miles north of the lookout with Iowa about 60 miles north. Missouri is to the south. Sections of farmland are as much a part of the view as the river.
|Photo courtesy Doniphan Co. E.D.|
Loess hills are located in eastern Kansas, western Iowa, eastern Nebraska, and western Missouri. The hills are composed of yellow, brown, buff, and tan loess soil overlaying older debris left from the last ice age. Loess soil is characterized by its ability to form a really steep face, the kind you see on roadcuts along I-70, in the Kansas City area for example. While the loess covers glacial debris in places, in some places the loess lies directly atop much older Pennsylvanian bedrock.
The pinkish boulders often seen in the fields of the Glacial Hills physiographic region of Kansas are quartzite, a very hard and erosion-resistant type of rock.