For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse passed over the transcontinental United States of America from coast to coast on Aug. 21, 2017! The path of the eclipse was only 70 miles wide! If you were in the eclipse path at all, you experienced a total solar eclipse. However, the closer you were to the centerline of the eclipse path, the longer the total solar eclipse could be viewed.
Luckily, the center path of totality went directly through the middle of Doniphan County, KS! The cities of Highland, Troy, Wathena and Elwood were almost precisely on the center path and the entire county could easily view, minus some intermittent cloudy weather, the entire total solar eclipse that day.
The partial eclipse started at 11:40 a.m. throughout the entire Doniphan County area with totality beginning at approximately 1:05 p.m. and lasting for an entire 2 minutes and 38 seconds, the longest availability to view the eclipse anywhere! After that, it went back to being a partial eclipse again and ended around 2:35 p.m. Although viewers anxiously waited during the cloudy weather, Doniphan County had several hundreds of people gather in Troy for the event. Thankfully the clouds did part and all were amazed by the show of the eclipse!