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

Marking the Rock

 
 
Marking the Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
1. Marking the Rock Marker
Inscription.

Pawnee Rock changed very little for ten thousand years. The hill was grass-covered with a fifty-foot-high face on the southeast side in front of you. Wind, water, and vegetation slowly eroded the stone.

But Pawnee Rock has changed. The top of Pawnee Rock once was as high as the observation platform on top of the stone shelter behind you. In the late 1800s this site was quarried for building materials. Trees and the road to the top have been added. At the rim of the rock cannon barrels once rested on two concrete bases.

People have enjoyed the vistas from Pawnee Rock for thousands of years. Only recently have we left our mark. Hundreds of people have carved their names into the sandstone.

I cut my name, among the many hundreds inscribed on the rock and many of whom I knew.
Susan Magoffin, Traveler on the Santa Fe Trail
July 4, 1846

Some of these carvings are historic and need to be protected. PLEASE DO NOT DEFACE THE ROCK.
 
Erected by Kansas State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 16.327′ N, 98° 58.927′ W. Marker is in Pawnee Rock, Kansas, in Barton
Marking the Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
2. Marking the Rock Marker
County. Click for map. Marker is along the walking path atop Pawnee Rock, at Pawnee Rock State Historical Site, off SW 112th Avenue/Center Street. 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. Santa Fe Trail Monument (a few steps from this marker); “One of the Grandest Sights Ever Beheld” (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named “One of the Grandest Sights Ever Beheld” (a few steps from this marker); "A Rallying Point for the Indians" (a few steps from this marker); "Along Came the Line of Wagons" (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Point of Red Rocks" (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Fe Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); William Becknell (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Pawnee Rock.
 
Also see . . .
1. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Santa Fe Trail Association. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pawnee Rock State Historic Site, Kansas. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Drawing on Marking the Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ado Hunnius, 1867
3. Drawing on Marking the Rock Marker

 
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Historical Carving on Pawnee Rock image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
4. Historical Carving on Pawnee Rock
J. [Jackson] W. Blair, Company H, 63rd Indiana Infantry, likely carved after the Civil War.
Later Carving on Pawnee Rock image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
5. Later Carving on Pawnee Rock
Raymond A. Seal, Syracuse, Kan., Mar. 16th 1919
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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