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Baxter Springs in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Big Spring

 
 
The Big Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 12, 2012
1. The Big Spring Marker
Inscription.  

A gushing spring, largest of many along Spring Branch, once flowed here. Early pioneers, Osage Indians, and military personnel stopped to camp here and drink the mineral waters, believed to have curative powers. During the Victorian Era, when the city became a health spa, the spring was the centerpiece of Springs Park on this block. It ceased to flow with the advent of lead and zinc mining to the west.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 37° 1.726′ N, 94° 44.06′ W. Marker is in Baxter Springs, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on 7th Street east of Military Avenue (U.S. 69), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baxter Springs KS 66713, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hanging Tree (a few steps from this marker); 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry at Fort Blair (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Dog Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial

The Big Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 12, 2012
2. The Big Spring Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Baxter Springs (about 300 feet away); The Battle For Fort Blair (about 300 feet away); Fort Blair West Breastworks (about 300 feet away); Fort Blair Blockhouse (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baxter Springs.
 
Also see . . .  History of Baxter Springs. (Submitted on January 17, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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Apr. 9, 2020