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PHeymont

Oregon and Santa Fe trail sites at Fort Leavenworth

by PHeymont »

I spent several years of my childhood at Fort Leavenworth, and was always aware that near the Post Chapel was an area where it was possible to see traces of wheel ruts from the Santa Fe and Oregon trails, which both crossed the Missouri River there and headed west.

I recently looked online and found that the trail can still be seen, and has markerswhich led me to wonder if there are other places along the trails where remnants are visible now, almost 200 years later.
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5FR8_Santa_Fe_Trail_Fort_Leavenworth_KS

I also found a link for what in my childhood was "the post museum," and consisted of a few dusty old wagons and coaches; it has apparently changed quite a bit, and become the Frontier Army Museum, tracing the history of the "frontier army" from Lewis and Clark days up to Pershing's "punitive expedition" in Mexico in 1916.
http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/CSI/FrontierArmyMuseum.asp

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ks101

RE: Oregon and Santa Fe trail sites at Fort Leavenworth

by ks101 »

Near intersection of hwy 56 and hwy 77 in central Kansas and extending eastward toward Council Grove are ruts from the old Santa Fe Trail. Signs along the route mark where the wagon tracks are still visible. Council Grove has a rich history as the last stop along the Santa Fe Trail where provisions were available for sale after crossing the Missouri River on the trip West. Whole town is filled with historical markers, historical buildings and scenes from the beginnings of the area.

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Oregon and Santa Fe trail sites at Fort Leavenworth

by Pauline Frommer »

There's a truly remarkable book out right now about two brothers recreating the Oregon Trail today. I'd highly recommend it.

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