Near Humboldt in Allen County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Sad Saga of Vegetarian Creek
— .7M South Turn Left —
In Mid-March, 1856, the first emigrants of the Vegetarian Settlement Company set out for the Neosho River Valley in Kansas Territory. Henry S. Clubb promoted Kans. Terr. as a permanent home for believers in Vegetarianism, hydropahty, and abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, and fowl and dairy products. Farms of 102 acres, radiating from an Octagon-shaped center were planned. Clubb's promises of streets, grist-mill, sawmill, and temporary housing for the 60 families (some 150 settlers) did not materialize and they received nothing for the $5 per acre investment in the company. Lack of successful crops, mosquitoes, deathly fever, and starvation led to scores of deaths.
4,000 Osage Indians, who traded at Cofachique, living in the area, could do little to help. Less than 50 survived, and only four remained in the area.
West of this sign can be seen a STONE HOUSE, built by brothers, Capt. Samuel Stewart, and Watson, two stalwart survivors, constant helpers, even to forming coffins for burying of the dead from boards (punchuns) taken from abandoned wigwams. East of this sign 1½ miles lies the 4½
Miriam Davis Colt in "West to Kansas" daily recorded the events of life in the colony. By the coming of winter, her husband, 3 yr. old son, her sister, father and mother were all dead. She returned East. Now all is gone, except for Vegetarian Creek.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Disasters • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 37° 44.82′ N, 95° 26.323′ W. Marker is near Humboldt, Kansas, in Allen County. Marker is at the intersection of 1150th Street and Arizona Road, on the right when traveling south on 1150th Street. Marker is about 0.3 mile north of junction of 1150th Street and US Route 169, and about four miles south of Humboldt. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Humboldt KS 66748, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Safety Follows Wisdom (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Safety Follows Wisdom (approx. 3.6 miles away); George Alexander Sweatt (approx. 3.8 miles away); Neosho River Log Town (approx. 4.1 miles away); Aunt Polly Crosby's Cabin Site (approx. 4.1 miles Block House Recruiting Station (approx. 4.1 miles away); Humboldt Underground Railroad (approx. 4.2 miles away); Colonel Irvine (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Humboldt.
Also see . . .
1. Vegetarian Settlement Company. Kansas Cyclopedia (1912) entry (Submitted on July 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. "The Vegetarian and Octagon Settlement Companies" in Kansas Historical Quarterly, 1933. (Submitted on July 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Vegetarian and Octagon Settlement Companies Bibliography. (Submitted on July 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 746 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.