Scott State Park in Scott County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Reconstructed here are the remains of a seven-room pueblo believed to have been built by Pueblo Indians from New Mexico. According to Spanish records Indians from Taos and Picuris Pueblos, fleeing Spanish rule, joined their Apache allies at a place the Spanish called El Cuartelejo. The Taos Indians came in the 1640s, but several years later Spanish soldiers forced them to return to New Mexico. In 1696 the Picuris settled here but also were returned to New Mexico by Juan de Ulibarri in 1706.
Later Herbert and Eliza Steele owned this property and in 1898 invited scientists to investigate a low mound where they had found artifacts and burned corn. Excavation revealed stone and bone tools, pottery from the pueblos of the Southwest, large quantities of burned corn, and the stone foundation of an adobe pueblo. No other pueblo sites have been located this far north and east.
In 1970 the foundation was rebuilt to appear as it had when discovered in 1898. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Historic Landmark.
has been designated a
Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
in commemorating and illustrating
the history of the United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Erected 2012 by the State of Kansas. (Marker Number 81(B).)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 38° 40.615′ N, 100° 54.901′ W. Marker is in Scott State Park, Kansas, in Scott County. Marker is on West Scott Lake Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scott City KS 67871, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pueblo Floor Plan (a few steps from this marker); Plains Apache at El Cuartelejo (a few steps from this marker); El Cuartelejo Archeology (a few steps from this marker); El Quartelejo (within shouting distance of this marker); Steele Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle Canyon, 1878 (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named El Quartelejo (approx. 3.3 miles away); BOD (approx. 11.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Scott State Park.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier Kansas
Also see . . .
1. El Cuartelejo at Kansapedia. (Submitted on June 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. El Cuartelejo Pueblo Ruins, part of Western Vista Historic Byway. (Submitted on June 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. History of Scott State Park, Kansas. (Submitted on June 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. Migration of the Pueblo People to El Cuartelejo (Middle School Teaching Aid). (Submitted on June 13, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Exploration • Man-Made Features • Native Americans •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.