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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Conestoga wagon?

Drivers on US-56 between McPherson and Council Grove Tuesday afternoon probably wondered what century they were in.

A row of 12 solar cars left Council Grove at 2:45 p.m. headed for an overnight stop at McPherson.

Students from the universities of Kentucky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California, Iowa State, Illinois State, Illinois, Western Michigan, Principia College, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, and Appalachian State drove solar cars they designed and built for the 2021 American Solar Challenge.

This is the first year the American Solar Challenge has chosen to use the Santa Fe Trail in honor of its 200th anniversary.

The students are expected to arrive Saturday in Las Vegas.

Last modified Aug. 4, 2021