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Near Highland in Doniphan County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Wolf River Crossing

 
 
The Wolf River Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
1. The Wolf River Crossing Marker
Inscription.
Before reaching the Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission wagon trains crossed the Wolf River. Travelers often encountered members of local Indian nations. Native Americans thought that some payment should be made to them for the use of their land. Travelers used wood and let their animals graze on native grass.

Crossing rivers and streams was hazardous. In some places Native Americans operated ferries or built bridges. A toll bridge was operated by Iowas on the Wolf River. Being asked to pay a toll made some travelers angry.

Our progress was stopped today by a small stream spanned by a small bridge...a large Indian sat at the receipt of customs demanding $1 per wagon for the privilege of crossing over....The Indian was making a 'good' thing not less than 1,500 wagons passing over today.
John Hawkins Clark
1852
 
Location. 39° 51.829′ N, 95° 13.761′ W. Marker is near Highland, Kansas, in Doniphan County. Click for map. Marker is at the Iowa and Sac & Fox Mission State Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1737 Elgin Road, Highland KS 66035, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oregon-California Trail (here, next to this marker); A Manual Training School
The Wolf River Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
2. The Wolf River Crossing Marker
Mission building in background
(a few steps from this marker); An Agricultural Mission (a few steps from this marker); The Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission (a few steps from this marker); Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Highland Presbyterian Mission (a few steps from this marker); The Missionary Movement (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Dangerous Coexistence (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Highland.
 
Also see . . .
1. Iowa and Sac & Fox Mission State Historic Site. (Submitted on October 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. (Submitted on October 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska. (Submitted on October 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Oregon National Historic Trail. (Submitted on October 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. California National Historic Trail. (Submitted on October 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels
 
Photo on The Wolf River Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Photo on The Wolf River Crossing Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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