Barnes is one of the small historic towns along the 
"Great White Way"
"Great White Way"
Kansas Highway 9


On May 15, 1914, a meeting was held in Frankfort, Kansas to establish the Great White Way, and by March of 1922, work had begun on the project. 
A.E. Blackney and Everett Lindsay rigged their own version of a mobile home - a kitchen and sleeping quarters on wheels - and contracted to mark every other telephone pole from Chicago to Colorado Springs, a distance of 1,161 miles.

The White Way Association provided the paint and paid the men fifteen cents for every pole they painted. Highway 9 was the only completely organized highway passing through Missouri and Kansas. The newly painted telephone ples marked the way. Businesses sprang up aolong the White Way, which was the Main Street in many towns.  

(Taken from the Frankfort Index). "The Great White Way was the only completely organized highway passing through Missouri and Kansas."


Kansas towns  located along the "Great White Way" 
and their number on the map are:
We invite you to plan your journey along the highways and byways of rural Northern Kansas. You will enjoy the many surprises you find along the way: small-town atmosphere., friendly miles, waves from passing cars and pickups, unique shopping, country cafes, bed & breakfasts, hunting lodges, buffaloes, frontier towns, tea rooms, plus many more fund things to see and do.



​1. Corning

3. Waterville 

5. Clifton

7. Beloit 

2. Frankfort

​4. Barnes

6. Clyde

​8. Kirwin