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Near Pawnee Rock in Barton County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Pawnee Rock

 
 
Pawnee Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary D. Carter, circa September 2004
1. Pawnee Rock Marker
Inscription. A mile northeast is Pawnee Rock, a famous landmark on the Santa Fe Trail. Considered the mid-point of the long road between Missouri and New Mexico. Pawnee Rock was a symbol of challenges overcome. Many early travelers mentioned it in their journals, and many of them scratched their names into its soft surface. Here young Kit Carson, standing guard one dark night in 1826, is said to have shot his own mule, mistaking it for a Pawnee. Perhaps it was his unkind companions who named Pawnee Rock to commemorate the young mans blunder.

Freighters, soldiers, goldseekers, and emigrants admired the rock as they paraded by on the trail. In later years local settlers and railroad builders quarried the rock down to about half its original height. An overlook, monument, and historical signs now grace its reduced summit.
 
Erected by Kansas State Historical Society & Kansas Dept. of Transportation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 15.683′ N, 98° 59.219′ W. Marker is near Pawnee Rock, Kansas, in Barton County. Marker is on U.S. 56 at milepost 190.8, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is about one mile west of Pawnee
Pawnee Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
2. Pawnee Rock Marker
Rock on US 56. Marker is in this post office area: Pawnee Rock KS 67567, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Pawnee Rock (here, next to this marker); William Becknell (approx. 0.8 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); “One of the Grandest Sights Ever Beheld” (approx. 0.8 miles away); "A Rallying Point for the Indians" (approx. 0.8 miles away); Marking the Rock (approx. 0.8 miles away); Santa Fe Trail Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pawnee Rock.
 
More about this marker. This marker was replaced in 2012.
 
Also see . . .  Pawnee Rock State Historical Site. (Submitted on October 1, 2008, by Gary D. Carter of King George, Virginia.)
 
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Pawnee Rock image. Click for full size.
By Gary D. Carter, circa September 2004
3. Pawnee Rock
Taken from roadside about 1 mile east of the city of Pawnee Rock. Looking to northwest.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gary D. Carter of King George, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,043 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Gary D. Carter of King George, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on , by Gary D. Carter of King George, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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