Near Elyria in McPherson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Kansas Indian Treaty
In 1825 President James Monroe approved a bill providing for the survey of the Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to New Mexico and the making of treaties to insure friendly relations with Indians along the route. A mile west of this sign, on Dry Turkey Creek, a monument marks the site of a council on August 16, 1825, between U.S. Commissioners Reeves, Sibley and Mather, and Son-ja-inga and fifteen other head men of the Kansas or Kaw nation. Negotiations were conducted through "Old Bill" Williams, a noted guide and trapper. For a consideration of $800 in cash and merchandise the chiefs promised that the tribe would not molest travelers. Earlier, at Council Grove, a similar treaty was made with the Osage Indians.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 33.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 17.208′ N, 97° 37.33′ W. Marker is near Elyria, Kansas, in McPherson County. Marker is on Old U.S. 81 0.3 miles south of Comanche Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside pullout. Marker is in this post office area: McPherson KS 67460, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Sora Kansas Creek (here, next to this marker); Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.5 miles away); Growth of This Pioneer Group (approx. 5.6 miles away); Turkey Red Wheat (approx. 5.6 miles away); Centennial Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); Anabaptist - Mennonite Faith & Life (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Swiss (Yolhynian) Mennonites (approx. 5.6 miles away); Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. US Treaty with Kansa, 1825. (Submitted on February 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Kaw Nation. (Submitted on February 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on February 28, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.