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Silver Lake in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road

 
 
Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 7, 2017
1. Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road Marker
Inscription. The Fort Riley Trail (northern route) passed by this spot beginning in 1853 when the Fort was established. The trail came from Fort Leavenworth. Mounted and foot soldiers used this northern route because the river valley silt and sand would not permit heavy artillery and wagons. That heavy traffic crossed the Kansas River by ferry at Calhoun, a village located at the Calhoun Bluffs.

At Thomas Road in Silver Lake, a branch of the trail headed southwest to reach Union Town after crossing the Kansas River. Some Oregon Trail travelers may have attempted to use the Fort Riley Trail's northern route but the 3600 pound wagons would have had difficulty. Highway 24 and the Union Pacific railroad tracks follow the old Fort Riley trail from Calhoun Bluffs to St. Marys. The southern route for the Fort Riley Trail passes through Topeka passing the Ward Meade Farm and the Pottawatomie Indian Mission on the way to Union Town.

This marker was erected in 2016 courtesy of:
Citizen Pottawatomie Nation
Don Combs Memorial
Dave L. Boxberger Company
Bob Schwarz Financial
Copy by: Doug Mauck

 
Erected 2016 by Citizen Pottawatomie Nation, Don Combs Memorial, Dave L. Boxberger Company, and Bob Schwarz Financial.
 
Location.
Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 7, 2017
2. Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road Marker (tall view)
39° 6.325′ N, 95° 51.776′ W. Marker is in Silver Lake, Kansas, in Shawnee County. Marker is on Railroad Street (U.S. 24) east of Shawnee Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, on the south side of US 24, near the northwest corner of a small office building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 West Railroad Street, Silver Lake KS 66539, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Section of Interstate Opened in United States (approx. 3.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Sioux Quartzite Boulder (approx. 5.8 miles away); Potawatomie Baptist Manual Labor Training School (approx. 5.8 miles away); Mission Kitchen Garden (approx. 5.8 miles away); Trails across Kansas (approx. 5.9 miles away); Fool Chief's Village (approx. 6.2 miles away); Gettysburg Address (approx. 8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road
 
Also see . . .  Fort Larned/Fort Riley Road. With the establishment of Fort Riley
Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible at far right</i>) image. Click for full size.
3. Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road Marker (wide view; marker visible at far right)
in 1853, $50,000 was authorized for the construction of a road from Fort Riley to any point on the Arkansas deemed desirable by the secretary of war. On July 30, 1855, Lt. Francis T. Bryan, of the topographical engineers, departed Fort Riley with a survey crew and military escort to map out the new road to the Arkansas. Crossing the Solomon and Saline Rivers, Bryan's party turned southwest to cross the Smoky Hill River and continued on to Walnut Creek and Pawnee Fork, tracing the latter to its headwaters before turning south to strike the Arkansas at recently abandoned Fort Atkinson. From Fort Atkinson, Bryan led the expedition up the north bank of the Arkansas to Bent's New Fort. Returning to Fort Riley, Bryan reported that bridges would be required at the Solomon, Saline, and Smoky Hill rivers. By February 1857, Bryan notified his superiors that the road from Fort Riley to Bent's Fort was "passable for trains of any kind." (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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