SANTA FE TRAIL RUTS


1821-1872

Looking east, up and over the bank of the ditch, one can see the wagon ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. You will notice a difference in the color and texture of the grass in the ruts. This is characteristic of the ruts along the trail. Between Pawnee Rock and Santa Fe, New Mexico, it was customary for the wagons to travel four abreast. This allowed for quicker circling in case of attack. In the distance to the south can be seen trees lining the banks of the Arkansas River. During the early years of the trail, this was the boundary between Mexico and the United States.

Erected 1987 by the Kearny County Historical Society
and the Kansas Historical Society

Historical marker on US-50 east of Lakin

Kearny County

Marker text sent by Mike LeMasters, Wichita, KS

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January 3, 1999 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas / history@kslib.info

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