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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Pottawatomie County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Pottawatomie County, KS (38) Jackson County, KS (10) Marshall County, KS (39) Nemaha County, KS (20) Riley County, KS (28) Shawnee County, KS (88) Wabaunsee County, KS (18)  PottawatomieCounty(38) Pottawatomie County (38)  JacksonCounty(10) Jackson County (10)  MarshallCounty(39) Marshall County (39)  NemahaCounty(20) Nemaha County (20)  RileyCounty(28) Riley County (28)  ShawneeCounty(88) Shawnee County (88)  WabaunseeCounty(18) Wabaunsee County (18)
Westmoreland is the county seat for Pottawatomie County
Adjacent to Pottawatomie County, Kansas
      Jackson County (10)  
      Marshall County (39)  
      Nemaha County (20)  
      Riley County (28)  
      Shawnee County (88)  
      Wabaunsee County (18)  
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1 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Belvue — 19 — The Vieux Crossing
A few miles to the northwest, the Oregon-California trail crossed the Vermillion Creek heading toward the Pacific from the "jumping off" towns on the Missouri River. The crossing was named for Louis Vieux, a Potawatomi leader of French and . . . Map (db m119123) HM
2 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Onaga — War Memorial
1917 - 1918 In memory of the Boys from Pottawatomie County, Kansas, who lost their lives in the World War. Lewis Beard • Walter Blackledge • Ernest E. Brunkow • Robert L. Byrnes • Eli Dorsey • Lester Dugan • Clifford Ellis • . . . Map (db m79191) WM
3 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Saint Marys — The Great Military Road
The “Great Military Road” from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Riley, as well as the Oregon Trail, passed through Saint Mary's in the 1850's. Military traffic, emigrants on their way West, settlers, and stage coach lines also used this route. Stage . . . Map (db m122964) HM
4 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, St. George — Blackjack Springs
Dedication of Blackjack Springs to the early settlers of St. George Bicentennial - 1976Map (db m80903) HM
5 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, St. George — Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road
Having crossed Rock Creek, on a rocky bottom immediately below the dam at Louisville, the Military Road proceeded southwesterly to about the middle of section 30, at which point the road continued southwesterly toward Manhattan. A branch of the . . . Map (db m145874) HM
6 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, St. Marys — Indian Pay Station Museum — St. Marys Historical Society
These iron gates were originally at the entrance to St. Mary's College. Placed on this site in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the St. Mary's Mission 1848 - 1998 ———————— An Indian Agency for the Potawatomi was . . . Map (db m79198) HM
7 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, St. Marys — Old Fire and Curfew Bell — Purchased 1902
Mounted in Urbansky Park by Sidney UrbanskyMap (db m79197) HM
8 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, St. Marys — Potawatomi Pay Station & St. Marys Mission
The Native America tribe that is called the Potawatomi originally lived in the heavily forested region of the northern Great Lakes with their close relatives the Ojibwe and Ottawa tribes in what is now the state of Michigan. The rapidly expanding . . . Map (db m34792) HM
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9 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, St. Marys — Site of the Oregon Trail — 1830 - 1876
Over 300,000 persons passed along this trail in the years of its use to build an empire beyond our western frontier.Map (db m34795) HM
10 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, St. Marys — 18 — St. Marys
This city and college take their name from St. Mary's Catholic Mission founded here by the Jesuits in 1848 for the Pottawatomie Indians. These missionaries, who had lived with the tribe in eastern Kansas from 1838, accompanied the removal to this . . . Map (db m122966) HM
11 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, St. Marys — St. Marys Vietnam Memorial — 1962 - 1976
Those Who Died Gene A. Myers • Michael C. Zeller Gerald O. McKay • Dale L. Milbradt Those Who Served [Honor Roll of Veterans]Map (db m79195) WM
12 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Wamego — 1893 Chicago World's Fair Statues
The park statues were exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Brought here by early Wamego proprietor, J.C. Rogers, this statue represents Science. The statue located on the island represents Art.Map (db m80909) HM
13 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Wamego — Colonel Raymond E. Morris, USAF Retired
The Columbian Eagle is dedicated to Colonel Raymond E. Morris USAF Retired First Columbian Theatre Foundation Executive Secretary and extraordinary volunteer, without whom The Columbian renovation would not have been . . . Map (db m80907) HM
14 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Wamego — Old Dutch Mill
Built in 1879 twelve miles north of Wamego by a Dutch immigrant, this old mill was used to grind grain into flour and cornmeal. In 1925 thirty-five team and wagons moved the mill to Wamego. Each stone was taken down numbered and rebuilt exactly as . . . Map (db m32604) HM
15 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Wamego — Pottawatomie County
Dedicated by the women of POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY in honor of those from the county who answered their country's call and to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the World War, 1914-1918 Louis W. Beard • Walter . . . Map (db m32606) HM
16 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Wamego — Sand and Quartz Boulder
This 20-ton boulder was found on the John Winter farm 9 miles NW of Wamego and brought here by wagon in 1907. Believed to be 40 million years old, its sand and quartz content were polished by glacial action.Map (db m80910) HM
17 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Wamego — 107 — Vieux Cemetery
Of Pottawatomie Indian and French ancestry, Louis Vieux was an early resident of this area. Probably born near Lake Michigan, Vieux, with a portion of the Pottawatomies, moved to Iowa and later Indianola, Kan., near Topeka. In 1847 or 1848, Vieux . . . Map (db m32608) HM
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18 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Wamego — War Memorial
To The Unknown DeadMap (db m80926) WM
19 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Wamego — World War Memorial
Dedicated by the women of Pottawatomie County in honor of those from the county who answered their country's call and to the memory of these who made the supreme sacrifice in the World War, 1914-1918 Louis W. Beard • Walter . . . Map (db m80911) WM
20 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Archeological Site 14-PO1311
During excavation of the footing for this flag pole the remains of a Stone Age Native American, estimated 1,000 years old, were discovered. The find remains at this location. This majestic flag pole is in memory of Sylvia Hartwich . . . Map (db m80950) HM
21 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Burial Site of Oregon Trail Traveler
Here lies an early traveler who lost his life in quest of riches in the West.Map (db m80960) HM
22 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Civil War Memorial
In memory of our Comrades 1861 - 1865Map (db m81191) WM
23 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Elmo Burkman — (September 14, 1921 - October 24, 1997)
In memory of our friend Elmo Burkman He started the Avenue of FlagsMap (db m81192) HM
24 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Korea and Vietnam Wars Memorial
Dedicated to those who gave their lives during the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam Michael Charles Zeller • Gerald Otto McKay Gene Allen Myers • Dale L. Milbradt Danny Wayne Jarvis • Harland Jenkins Leo T. Wapp • Albert Hart John Southall . . . Map (db m81758) WM
25 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — One Step at a Time
The Oregon Trail was the main street of the west from the 1830's to the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Farmers, townsmen and restless Americans from all walks of life moved along this route seeking a better life in a . . . Map (db m80948) HM
26 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Pottawatomie County Court House — Erected 1884
[Map of Pottawatomie County] ———————————— The courthouse flagpole is dedicated to the memory of Warren B. Nelson who was a county commissioner from January 1978 to . . . Map (db m81759) HM WM
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27 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Route of the Oregon Trail
Historians have estimated that between 250,000 and 300,000 emigrants used the Oregon Trail between 1840 and 1869. At least 30,000 emigrants died along the Oregon Trail, leaving an average of 15 graves for every mile of the trail. Disease, . . . Map (db m80946) HM
28 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Scott Spring
The reservoir before you taps into the famous Scott Spring. The original outlet emanates from the base of a steep rock hill to the east. The refreshing water of Scott Spring offered abundant drinking water to many travelers on the Oregon Trail and . . . Map (db m80945) HM
29 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Tallgrass Prairie
Native Wild Flowers • Western Wheatgrass • Sideoats G[r]ama • Little Bluestem • Switchgrass • Big Bluestem • Indian Grass These seven small plats represent the majority of the grass and forb species that dominated the 52 million acres of tall . . . Map (db m80928) HM
30 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — 20 — The California - Oregon Trail
From the 1830's to the 1870's, the 2,000-mile road connecting Missouri river towns with California and Oregon was America's greatest transcontinental highway. Several routes led west from the river, converging into one trail by the time the Fort . . . Map (db m80927) HM
31 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — The Long Journey
The long journey overland to Oregon took about six months. Time, distance, and hardships seasoned the emigrants. They had the ability and had earned the right to mold their own destiny in the new land. The Oregon Trail became a vital part of the . . . Map (db m80949) HM
32 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — The Wagon & Team • Supplies Needed
Wagons for trail travel were of the simplest construction. They cost $85.00 each. They were light, strong and carried on sturdy wheels. It was recommended that wheels be made of bois-d-oro, osage of orangewood or white oak. Bolt ends should be . . . Map (db m80947) HM
33 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Veterans Memorial
In memory of those who served their country in time of war.Map (db m81189) WM
34 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Wagons Fording Rock Creek
There were many unpredictable hazards on the trail as the wagon trains moved westward. The trail itself presented the worst problems. Streams had no bridges and had to be forded. Their shifting bottoms with pockets of quicksand were dangerous. . . . Map (db m80959) HM
35 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Westmoreland, Kansas — From Campsite to County Seat
Though the first known westbound wagon train led by William Sublette passed this way in 1827 following an old Kanza hunting trail, the Oregon Trail would not be well defined until 1842 when the report of John C. Fremont’s expedition became the . . . Map (db m81187) HM
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36 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — Westmoreland's Historical Hand Dug Well — 29' Wide - 38' Deep
Working without the benefit of modern machinery, using only hand tools of pick and shovel, as many as forty men labored through the winter months and early spring of 1914 on the construction of the Westmoreland city water well, reputed to be the . . . Map (db m81193) HM
37 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — World War II Memorial
In tribute to those from Pottawatomie Co. who gave their lives during WWII ———————————— Orville F. Area • Charles A. Eckert • Gerald A. Heim • Bernard J. Brockish • . . . Map (db m81755) WM
38 Kansas, Pottawatomie County, Westmoreland — World War Memorial — April 6, 1917 • November 11, 1918
Dedicated to the boys of Pottawatomie County who gave their lives in the supreme sacrifice for their country during the World War Francis Miller • Theodore H. Olson • Guy F. Proctor • Albert Sester • Roy Swain • Charley Trezise • Russell Taylor • . . . Map (db m81756) WM
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Jun. 9, 2023