Olathe in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Elm Grove Campground
Elm Grove Campground, originally named caravan grove, began in 1827 as a result of the Sibley survey of the Santa Fe Trail. Sibley was seeking a more direct route through present day Johnson County, bypassing Lone Elm Campground, known then as Round Grove, which was 2 ¼ miles southeast of Elm Grove on the same Cedar Creek. These two campgrounds were often mistaken for each other.
Elm Grove was often used on the first or second night out of Westport. OnJune 2, 1841, Richard L. Wilson, bound for Santa Fe, recorded in his diary "...just at sunset on the second, we descended a precipitous declivity to a place of which nothing remained but the name Elm Grove, and one solitary logan of a stricken tree 'Tom mark where an Elm grove had been.' A beautiful rivulet bubbled forth from the base of the hill, and we wound our way down, we spied a single campfire... of an old Mexican hunter."
In that same year the
By the mid 1850s the stagecoach from Westport crossed at Cedar Creek, and by 1857 David P. Hougland had bought the land and raised a cabin at Elm Grove. The property remains with the Hougland family today.
This is a part of your American Heritage. Honor it, protect it, preserve it for you children.
Erected 2000 by Oregon-California Trails Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 49.526′ N, 94° 50.059′ W. Marker is in Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson County. Marker is on Old US-Highway 56 0.1 miles east of West 151st Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olathe KS 66061, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Santa Fe Trail (a few steps from this marker); Lone Elm Campground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trails West Lone Elm Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roads To The West (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trail Campground..To Farm..To Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Most Desirable Spot For Camping (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Travelers (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olathe.
More about this marker. Do not stop on Old US Highway 56. Go to West 151st to South Lakeshore and take the old road to the marker.
Also see . . .
1. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. The National Park Service Website on theSanta Fe Trail. (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
2. Oregon National Historic Trail. This is the National Park Service Website for the Oregon Trail (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
3. California National Historic Trail. The official National Park Service Website on the California Trail. (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
4. Oregon California Trails Association. This is the website for the group that created the main marker. (Submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
Additional keywords. Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail, California Trail
Categories. • Landmarks • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • War, Mexican-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 2,124 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.