Near Lakin in Kearny County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Santa Fe Trail Ruts
1821 - 1872
Looking east, up and over the bank of the ditch, one can see the wagon ruts of the Santa Fe Trail. You will notice a difference in the color and texture of the grass in the ruts. This is characteristic of the ruts along the trail. Between Pawnee Rock and Santa Fe, New Mexico, it was customary for the wagons to travel four abreast. This allowed for quicker circling in case of attack. In the distance to the south can be seen trees lining the banks of the Arkansas River. During the early years of the trail, this was the boundary between Mexico and the United States.
Erected 1987 by Kearny County Historical Society and Kansas State Historical Society. (Marker Number 72.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 58.445′ N, 101° 11.12′ W. Marker is near Lakin, Kansas, in Kearny County. Marker is on U.S. 50/400 east of Road W2, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside turnout about four miles east of Lakin. Marker is in this post office area: Lakin KS 67860, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.8 Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 4.4 miles away); Site of O'Loughlin's Trading Post (approx. 4.6 miles away); The White House (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named Santa Fe Trail (approx. 4.9 miles away); Chouteau's Island (approx. 5.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on June 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Santa Fe Trail Association. (Submitted on June 9, 2013, 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 395 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.