I-70 in Missouri: Not just billboards and trucker-oriented porn

Ted T. Cable, who teaches conservation and park management at Kansas

State University, is a man who likes a challenge. He’s written guidebooks describing the fun to be had taking

the interstate across Kansas (bleak) and Missouri (cluttered).

Cable’s book about I-70 in Kansas (co-written with Wayne A. Maley) came out in 2003. He and co-author Luann M. Cadden have just released a book about the journey’s eastern continuation, Driving Across Missouri: A Guide To I-70 (University Press of Kansas; $15.95).

Cable began each project with the knowledge that his subject does not inspire fondness. When Cable worked on the Kansas book, friends who live in Missouri described their preference to drive through Kansas under the cover of darkness in order to blot out the tediousness of the landscape. I-70 in Missouri is unloved for different reasons. “The challenge there is to help people see beyond the billboards,” he says.

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