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

“A Remarkable Rocky Point”

 
 
"A Remarkable Rocky Point" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
1. "A Remarkable Rocky Point" Marker
Inscription.

From 1821 until late in the 1800s Pawnee Rock was a noted landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. Thousands of wagons lumbered and creaked by here carrying goods to or from the great American Southwest. Many travelers recorded their impressions of this site in their journals and letters.

After Breakfast…we all started…. Mr. Gamble and myself rode out upon the high Prairie…to a remarkable rocky point…. [its] Rocks are very large and of a glossy Black colour…. We rode upon the top which is probably 50 feet above the plain below, and from whence there is a charming view of the country in every direction.”
George C. Sibley,
U. S. Government Surveyor
August 30, 1825
 
Erected by Kansas State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 16.345′ N, 98° 58.953′ W. Marker is in Pawnee Rock, Kansas, in Barton County. Click for map. Marker is at the beginning of the walking path to the top of 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
"A Remarkable Rocky Point" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
2. "A Remarkable Rocky Point" Marker
Looking SE toward the top of Pawnee Rock
marker. Santa Fe Trail Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); “One of the Grandest Sights Ever Beheld” (within shouting distance of this marker); Marking the Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named “One of the Grandest Sights Ever Beheld” (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Rallying Point for the Indians" (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Point of Red Rocks" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Along Came the Line of Wagons" (within shouting distance of this marker); William Becknell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Pawnee Rock.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pawnee Rock State Historical Site, Kansas. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Santa Fe Trail Association. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Map on "A Remarkable Rocky Point" Marker image. Click for full size.
Kansas State Historical Society, undated
3. Map on "A Remarkable Rocky Point" Marker
View of "A Remarkable Rocky Point" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
4. View of "A Remarkable Rocky Point" Marker
From pavilion atop Pawnee Rock
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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