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Pawnee Rock in Barton County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

"Along Came the Line of Wagons"

 
 
"Along Came the Line of Wagons" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
1. "Along Came the Line of Wagons" Marker
Inscription.  
Slowly along came the line of wagons, and the prairie breeze brought us, in sound, faint and far between, the driver’s invocations to their mules.
Matthew C. Field, journalist
1839

From 1821 until the late 1860s the Santa Fe Trail ran about two hundred yards south of here. If you were standing here while traveling west on the “road to Santa Fe” in the 1860s, your wagon caravan left Independence, Missouri, about three weeks ago. The Hispanic and Anglo drivers are keeping the oxen and mules moving at a steady pace of one and one-half miles an hour. You are almost at the halfway point of your 780 mile journey.

Yesterday, you camped at Walnut Creek crossing, sixteen miles back up the road. Fort Larned is west-southwest of here some fourteen miles away.

Today the vehicles you see on US 56 Highway could have been in Independence only six hours ago.

Listen to the muffled roar of the trucks, hauling goods both east and west. Do these modern freighters realize they are following a major commercial highway that has been in existence for at least 175 years?


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1848 Table of Distances on the Kansas Section of the Santa Fe Trail
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Erected by Kansas State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Santa Fe Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
 
Location. 38° 16.327′ N, 98° 58.908′ W. Marker is in Pawnee Rock, Kansas, in Barton County. Marker is along the walking path atop Pawnee Rock, at Pawnee Rock State Historical Site, off SW 112th Avenue/Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pawnee Rock KS 67567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "A Point of Red Rocks" (here, next to this marker); "A Rallying Point for the Indians" (a few steps from this marker); Nehemiah Carson (a few steps from this marker); Marking the Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); “One of the Grandest Sights Ever Beheld” (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named “One of the Grandest Sights Ever Beheld” (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Fe Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); William Becknell (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pawnee Rock.
 
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"Along Came the Line of Wagons" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., November 9, 2012
2. "Along Came the Line of Wagons" Marker
Looking SE, with site entrance at left lower distance

1. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Santa Fe Trail Association. (Submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Image on "Along Came the Line of Wagons" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, undated
3. Image on "Along Came the Line of Wagons" Marker
On "Along Came the Line of Wagons" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kshs, undated
4. On "Along Came the Line of Wagons" Marker
John Bingham's 1848 Table of Distances
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 7, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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