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Near Westmoreland in Pottawatomie County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The California - Oregon Trail

 
 
The California - Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
1. The California - Oregon Trail Marker
Inscription.

From the 1830's to the 1870's, the 2,000-mile road connecting Missouri river towns with California and Oregon was America's greatest transcontinental highway. Several routes led west from the river, converging into one trail by the time the Fort Kearny (Neb.) vicinity was reached. One of them began near present Kansas City and passed this point, crossing Rock creek not far from the highway bridge.

Here a great campground was located because of the several fine springs in the vicinity. Scott spring, 180 yards north, still offers the "delicious cold water" mentioned by one traveler in 1846. Local legend says that at times the whole of what is now the Westmoreland townsite was covered by the camps of travelers, their wagons and cattle. Nearby are the graves of several pioneers who died on the trail. One unidentified grave is located just north of the spring.

From a point about two miles south of this marker Kansas highway 99 follows the trail to Westmoreland. In places ruts of the old trail may still be seen from the modern traveler's car window.
 
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 20.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, the Kansas Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location.

The California - Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
2. The California - Oregon Trail Marker
Looking north
39° 22.875′ N, 96° 24.311′ W. Marker is near Westmoreland, Kansas, in Pottawatomie County. Marker is on The Road to Oz Highway (State Highway 99), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside pullout, about 500 feet south of the entrance to Oregon Trail Park. Marker is in this post office area: Westmoreland KS 66549, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scott Spring (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tallgrass Prairie (about 600 feet away); The Long Journey (about 700 feet away); One Step at a Time (about 700 feet away); The Wagon & Team Supplies Needed (about 800 feet away); Route of the Oregon Trail (about 800 feet away); Archeological Site 14-PO1311 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Burial Site of Oregon Trail Traveler (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Westmoreland.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oregon National Historic Trail. (Submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. California National Historic Trail. (Submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Oregon-California Trails Association. (Submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. History of Westmoreland, Kansas. (Submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Pottawatomie County in Cutler's History of Kansas (1883). (Submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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