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

Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
1. Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail Marker
Inscription.
Many diaries of travelers on the Oregon-California Trail speak of good relations with Native Americans. Indians helped travelers by delivering their letters, pulling their wagons up steep banks, teaching them about edible plants, and keeping watch at night. Rather than fear the Indians, many travelers were fascinated by the native peoples.

There were several of them here, quite fine looking fellows...they were of the Sacs & Fox tribes. One was a chief, he was dressed in real indian stile (sic), had his hair shaved off all except the crown lock, which was tied up & ornamented with beads & feathers.
Lodisa Fizzell
1852

At times there was conflict between native populations and travelers. It was upsetting to Native Americans that the buffalo were being scared away. The prairie was being overgrazed, and the small quantity of timber was being exhausted. Water resources also were limited.

In contrast to popular belief more Native Americans were killed by travelers on the trail than travelers killed by Native Americans. Native Americans were more threatened by disease than by guns.
 
Location. 39° 51.84′ N, 95° 13.769′ W. Marker is near Highland, Kansas, in Doniphan County. Click for map. Marker is at the Iowa
Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
2. Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail Marker
Mission building in background
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 Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission (here, next to this marker); The Highland Presbyterian Mission (here, next to this marker); The Oregon-California Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Wolf River Crossing (a few steps from this marker); A Manual Training School (within shouting distance of this marker); An Agricultural Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); The Missionary Movement (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Dangerous Coexistence (about 400 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. Oregon National Historic Trail. (Submitted on October 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. California National Historic Trail. (Submitted on October 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Oregon-California Trails Association. (Submitted on October 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Photo on Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
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Categories. EnvironmentNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 14 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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