Near Cawker City in Mitchell County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Waconda (Great Spirit Spring)
Many moons ago, so runs an Indian legend, Waconda, a beautiful Princess, fell in love with a brave of another tribe. Prevented from marriage by a blood feud, this warrior embroiled the tribes in battle. During the fight an arrow struck him as he stood on the brink of a spring and he fell mortally wounded into the waters. Waconda, grief-stricken, plunged after him. Believing her soul still lived in the depths, the tribes for countless ages carried their sick to drink the healing waters. Here they celebrated their victories and mourned their losses, never neglecting to throw into the spring some token from the Great Spirit.
Waconda Spring, 3/4 mile south of this marker, is a mineral pool about fifty feet in diameter, set in a curious limestone basin.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 36.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
Location. 39° 31.27′ N, 98° 23.074′ W. Marker is near Cawker City, Kansas, in Mitchell County. Marker is on U.S. 24 2 miles east of Cawker City, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside pullout. Marker is in this post office area: Cawker City KS 67430, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Waconda Springs / Glen Elder State Park (approx. 2.4 miles away); Homestead of J. Gledhill (approx. 2.7 miles away); World's Largest Ball of Sisal Twine (approx. 2.7 miles away); Sod and Stubble (approx. 8.4 miles away); Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 8.6 miles away); The Founding of Downs, Kansas (approx. 8.6 miles away); Memorial Hall (approx. 8.6 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 8.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cawker City.
Also see . . .
1. Waconda Springs. (Submitted on March 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. The History of Waconda. (Submitted on March 11, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 398 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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