“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Riverton in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Where Two Roads Converge

Military roads to cruising roadsters

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By Jason Voigt, April 6, 2021
1. Where Two Roads Converge Marker
Inscription.  From wagon trails to rivers, railroads to highways, the ease of transporting people and goods has shaped the settlement of Kansas. At Riverton, two paths from different eras, now Historic Byways, cross. The Old Military Road passes along Kansas' eastern border, celebrated along the Frontier Military Historic Byway. Meanwhile, the Kansas portion of the famed Route 66 or "Mother Road" from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California passes through fewer than 14 miles of the southeast corner of the State. Despite each having unique identities and differing local circumstances, their physical intersection signifies their often-overlapping history.

Old Military Road

The Frontier Military Historic Byway travels along conflicting edges of American history: westward migration and Native Americans; settlement and wilderness; and slavery and freedom. As history played out at the military bases, battlegrounds, cemeteries, westward trails, and stagecoach stations, this crucial path connected frontier forts throughout the turmoil.

Originally, the Frontier Military Road marked the "Permanent Indian Frontier" that
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By Jason Voigt, April 6, 2021
2. Where Two Roads Converge Marker
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eventually formed the border between the slave state of Missouri and free state of Kansas. Along this border, conflict erupted between these incompatible ideas, leading to the violence of "Bleeding Kansas." This conflict soon escalated into the Civil War, but as America emerged through war, cross-continental connections were sought, first from the railroad and later the automobile.

Over time, communities surrounded by the route's immense beauty formed and flourished. Today the Byway travels through vibrant towns and a thriving metropolitan area in which the visitor can become immersed in the history and culture of Kansas.

Historic Roads Converge

Early in the 20th century, the mass production of automobiles led to the widespread adoption of this new form of transportation. It soon became apparent the old system of trails and roads were inadequate, and the motoring public demanded a network of highways. Often, these "new" highways followed older paths, which made part of the Old Military Road a perfect connection along the new Route 66's path through Kansas in 1926. Like the settlers traveling west before them, Route 66 carried innumerable people: farming families heading west for California during the Dust Bowl; military units during World War II; and today's travelers exploring the "Main Street of America." Route 66's use declined with
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the development of the Interstate Highway system in the late 1950s, but many still enjoy the charm of Route 66 communities.
Erected by Frontier Military Historic Byway and Kansas Byways.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
Location. 37° 4.538′ N, 94° 43.054′ W. Marker is in Riverton, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 400 and State Highway 66, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 400. Marker kiosk is about 300 feet west of the roundabout. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6494 US Rte 66, Riverton KS 66770, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Blair (here, next to this marker); Baxter Springs Massacre and Today (here, next to this marker); Land's Legacy (a few steps from this marker); Bridging the American Divide (a few steps from this marker); Boom Towns (a few steps from this marker); Cosmopolitan Corner (a few steps from this marker); Crossroads of Kansas (a few steps from this marker); Baxter Springs Massacre (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverton.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 11, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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May. 15, 2021