Near Hesston in Harvey County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Beaten hard by the hoofs of millions of Longhorns coming from as far as southern Texas between the years of 1867 to 1871 this trail wound northward approximately one half mile east of here. In one year alone over 600,000 cattle were herded north over this trail to the railhead at Abilene for Eastern markets. The Santa Fe coming to Newton in 1871 made Newton the Cow Capital of the Midwest.
Approximately two miles east of here was the Fort Smith, Ark. to California Road, sometimes called the Cherokee Trail. About six miles east was an earlier branch. This was an old Indian trail. It was heavily used by emigrants traveling to Oregon and California beginning in early 1849 and was abandoned during the Civil War.
An early road from the valley of the Cottonwood to Pikes Peak crossed the Cherokee Trail about seven miles east and two miles south of here. It passed this point crossing this section in a northwesterly direction.
The Meridian Road 1½ miles west was used by settlers of Oklahoma and Texas.
Erected 1970 by The Harvey County Historical
Location. 38° 10.058′ N, 97° 20.588′ W. Marker is near Hesston, Kansas, in Harvey County. Marker is on State Highway 15 0.8 miles north of NE 96th Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is at a roadside pulloff, about four miles northeast of Hesston. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newton KS 67114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Turkey Red Wheat (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Mennonites in Kansas (approx. 6½ miles away); Banman Wheat Threshing Stone (approx. 6½ miles away); Coastal Defense Cannon (approx. 8.1 miles away); Santa Fe Steam Locomotive #1880 (approx. 8.1 miles away); Unknown Dead of the Civil War (approx. 8.1 miles away); Railroad Savings and Loan Building (approx. 8.3 miles away); 1871 Water Well Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Chisholm Trail. (Submitted on November 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Cherokee Trail. (Submitted on November 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. California National Historic Trail. (Submitted on November 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Oregon National Historic Trail. (Submitted on November 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
1. Stone Work
The stone work used in this marker was originally part of the Harvey County Courthouse that was demolished in the 60s.
— Submitted May 3, 2014, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.