Riverton in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Where Two Roads Converge
Military roads to cruising roadsters
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
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 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 Americans • Roads & Vehicles • War, 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.