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Near Trading Post in Linn County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Sounds along the byway...saws, picks and axes.

Frontier Military Historic Byway

 
 
Sounds along the byway...saws, picks and axes. Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2010
1. Sounds along the byway...saws, picks and axes. Marker
Inscription.
"The ax, pick, saw and trowel, has become more the implement of the American soldier than the cannon, musket or sword."
Colonel Zachary Taylor, 1820

In 1836, President Andrew Jackson authorized $100,000 to build a military road from Fort Snelling, Minnesota to Fort Gibson in present day Oklahoma. The road was to be used for frontier defense and a patrol system, and later for commerce. In 1844 the Quartermaster General requested funds to repair all of the bridges and road surfaces that had been destroyed by heavy rains. Soldiers did the repair work.
 
Erected 2010 by Frontier Military Historic Byway.
 
Location. 38° 15.541′ N, 94° 40.316′ W. Marker is near Trading Post, Kansas, in Linn County. Click for map. Marker is at the Kansas DOT rest area, located about 1500 feet SSE of the intersection of US Highway 69 and Kansas Highway 52. Marker is in this post office area: Pleasanton KS 66075, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sounds along the roadway...soldiers on the move. (a few steps from this marker); Sounds along the byway...fur traders bringing their goods. (a few steps from this marker); Sounds along the byway...auto, trucks and buses.
Sounds along the byway...saws, picks and axes. Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2010
2. Sounds along the byway...saws, picks and axes. Marker
KDOT Comfort Station in background.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Sounds along the byway...anxiety and anticipation in the creak of wagon wheels. (within shouting distance of this marker); Sounds from the past...hoof beats and heartbeats. (within shouting distance of this marker); Sounds of the byway...moccasins and tears. (within shouting distance of this marker); Marais Du Cygne Martyrs Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Marais des Cygnes Massacre (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Trading Post.
 
Also see . . .
1. Frontier Military Historic Byway. (Submitted on August 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Frontier Military Road and the Founding of Fort Scott. (Submitted on August 2, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. MilitaryRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 511 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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