Discover Hidden Treasures Along U.S. Highway 36: Treasure Hunt Across Kansas 2023


By Larry Billinger

The Heartland Highway, U.S. Highway 36, is about to come alive with excitement and adventure as the Treasure Hunt Across Kansas returns for its 2023 edition. From September 14th to the 16th, this annual event promises to take participants on a 400-mile journey filled with antique, estate, and garage sales, showcasing the true spirit of Kansas hospitality.

Mission and Vision

The Treasure Hunt Across Kansas is an initiative by the U.S. 36 Highway Association, a group dedicated to promoting business and tourism along this historic route. Their mission is clear: to cultivate thriving communities along U.S. Highway 36. To achieve this vision, they work tirelessly with legislators, government agencies, and businesses to secure proper funding for highway maintenance, marketing, and road expansion.

Exploring Kansas Communities

This year’s treasure hunt will span several charming Kansas communities, each offering its unique flavor of hospitality and hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The journey will take you through picturesque towns such as Cheyenne, St. Francis, Bird City, Rawlins County, Decatur, Norton, Phillips County, Smith Center, Mankato, Belleville, Courtland, Scandia, Washington County, Marysville, Axtell, Baileyville, Sabetha, Seneca, Hiawatha, and Doniphan County.

Get Involved

The Treasure Hunt Across Kansas is more than just a shopping spree; it’s an opportunity to connect with the heart and soul of the Sunflower State. Coordinators in each participating town are ready to assist and guide you along the way. For any inquiries, contact the U.S. 36 Highway Association at 785-336-1313 or visit their website at, and they will direct you to the appropriate coordinator for your region.

Best 13 Burgers on US 36!

While you’re on this adventure, don’t forget to savor some of the finest burgers in Kansas. Here are the top 13 burger joints along U.S. Highway 36 that you won’t want to miss:

  1. Kirkwood & Co
  2. Hiawatha’s First Street Bar
  3. Spanky’s Bar & Grill
  4. Little Hap’s Bar & Grill
  5. Linn American Legion
  6. Pinky’s Bar & Grill
  7. Sweden Cream
  8. Jiffy Burger
  9. Third Street Bakery
  10. 110 Bar & Grill
  11. The Re-load Bar & Grill
  12. MOJO Espresso & Bistro
  13. Diamond R Bar & Grill

Join the Adventure

If you’re looking for a unique experience, a chance to explore Kansas like never before, and the opportunity to uncover treasures at every turn, then mark your calendar for September 14th to the 16th, 2023. The Treasure Hunt Across Kansas is an event that promises memories that will last a lifetime.

For more information, maps, and updates, visit the official Treasure Hunt Across Kansas website at or check out their Facebook groups: “Treasure Hunt Across Kansas” and “Treasure Hunt Buy Sell Trade.” If you’d like to support this incredible initiative, consider making a donation to the U.S. 36 Highway Association online.

Come and be part of this exciting adventure along the Heartland Highway – U.S. Highway 36. It’s time to create lasting memories and discover the hidden treasures of Kansas!

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