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

Tallgrass Prairie

 
 
Tallgrass Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
1. Tallgrass Prairie Marker
Inscription.

Native Wild Flowers Western Wheatgrass Sideoats G[r]ama Little Bluestem Switchgrass Big Bluestem Indian Grass

These seven small plats represent the majority of the grass and forb species that dominated the 52 million acres of tall grass prairies in Kansas prior to 1840. Of these 52 million acres, only about 4.5 million acres remain today.

The rest of the 52 million acres is now used for crop production, introduced cool season grasses, homes and transportation routes.

The settlers and Oregon Trail users would have been overwhelmed by these grasses that could have stood as much as ten feet tall by October if left ungrazed.

With these abundant grasses, no wonder many travelers wandered off course in search of livestock feed and wild game for human consumption but were forced back to locations such as this one to cross creeks and rivers, as the main Oregon Trail would have been overgrazed and overhunted in the late 1840's and early 1850's, thus the reason for ruts miles away from the main trails.
 
Location. 39° 22.979′ N, 96° 24.323′ W. Marker is near Westmoreland, Kansas, in Pottawatomie County. Marker is on The Road to Oz Highway (Kansas Route 99), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Oregon

Tallgrass Prairie Plots and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
2. Tallgrass Prairie Plots and Marker
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. The Long Journey (within shouting distance of this marker); One Step at a Time (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wagon & Team Supplies Needed (within shouting distance of this marker); Route of the Oregon Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Scott Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Archeological Site 14-PO1311 (within shouting distance of this marker); Wagons Fording Rock Creek (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burial Site of Oregon Trail Traveler (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Westmoreland.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. (Submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Konza Prairie. (Submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Flint Hills Discovery Center. (Submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Oregon Trail Park, Westmoreland KS. (Submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels
 
Oregon Trail Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
3. Oregon Trail Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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