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Near Highland in Doniphan County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Oregon-California Trail

 
 
The Oregon-California Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
1. The Oregon-California Trail Marker
Inscription.
From the early 1840s to 1865 the Oregon-California Trail was the most important route for settlers traveling west. Wagon trains camped at the Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission to take advantage of the spring and the blacksmith. They were followed in the late 1840s by thousands of fortune seekers bound for the California goldfields.

Here we find a Smith to mend our broken waggon (sic), also we see here a large farm under excellent cultivation with store & schoolhouse where they teach the young indians & learn the old ones how to raise corn. This is a beautiful spot indeed; land rich & rolling, scattered trees, & small groves in the distance. Many fine looking indians here.
John Clark, 1854

The Iowa Point-Fort Leavenworth Trail can be seen on the mission grounds before it joins the St. Joseph Road, a spur of the Oregon-California Trail. The trails merge a quarter mile to the south.
 
Location. 39° 51.829′ N, 95° 13.761′ W. Marker is near Highland, Kansas, in Doniphan County. Touch for map. Marker is at the Iowa and Sac & Fox Mission State Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1737 Elgin Road, Highland KS 66035, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wolf River Crossing (here, next to
Oregon-California Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
2. Oregon-California Trail Marker
Mission building in background
this marker); A Manual Training School (a few steps from this marker); An Agricultural Mission (a few steps from this marker); The Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission (a few steps from this marker); Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Highland Presbyterian Mission (a few steps from this marker); The Missionary Movement (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Dangerous Coexistence (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highland.
 
Also see . . .
1. Iowa and Sac & Fox Mission State Historic Site. (Submitted on October 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Oregon National Historic Trail. (Submitted on October 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. California National Historic Trail. (Submitted on October 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Oregon-California Trails Association. (Submitted on October 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Photo on Oregon-California Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Photo on Oregon-California Trail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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