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Near Gove City in Gove County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

BOD

1865

 
 
BOD Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 7, 2010
1. BOD Marker
Inscription.

Smoky Hill Trail
Butterfield Overland
Despatch
Atchison to Denver
Traversed by Gen Fremont 1844
First Denver Stagecoach 1859
Retraced and Mapped by
Howard C Raynesford Ellis Kansas
Marker Placed 1963

 
Erected 1963.
 
Location. 38° 47.345′ N, 100° 45.776′ W. Marker is near Gove City, Kansas, in Gove County. Marker is on County Road 16 2.1 miles north of County Road E, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grinnell KS 67738, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Cuartelejo Archeology (approx. 11.3 miles away); El Cuartelejo (approx. 11.3 miles away); Plains Apache at El Cuartelejo (approx. 11.3 miles away); Pueblo Floor Plan (approx. 11.3 miles away); El Quartelejo (approx. 11.3 miles away); Steele Memorial (approx. 11.5 miles away); a different marker also named El Quartelejo (approx. 13.3 miles away); Battle Canyon, 1878 (approx. 13.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker text is inscribed on the front face of the marker's concrete base.
 
Additional comments.
Route of the Smoky Hill Trail and the BOD Stage Line image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 7, 2010
2. Route of the Smoky Hill Trail and the BOD Stage Line
View to the east from County Road 16

1. Howard C. Raynesford and the BOD
The person most responsible for the marking of the Butterfield Overland Despatch (BOD) route in Kansas is Howard C. Raynesford. For over three decades Raynesford identified in the field the route of the stage line and the forts and stage stations along the route. His work culminated in the Kansas Legislature approving Statute 68-1017 in 1963 authorizing the marking of the Smoky Hill Trail in Kansas, which was also used by the BOD. From Kanopolis to the Colorado state line 138 limestone posts in concrete bases were erected on every graded road that crossed the trail. For more information on Howard Raynesford and his work on the BOD, see the Smoky Hill Trail Association's webpage on Mr. B.O.D. - Howard C. Raynesford.
    — Submitted March 9, 2016.

 
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The BOD Marker is a 1/4 Mile South of the Monument Rocks image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 7, 2010
3. The BOD Marker is a 1/4 Mile South of the Monument Rocks
View to the northeast
Monument Rocks is the nation's first National Natural Landmark
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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