Pawnee Rock State Historic Site - Pawnee Rock, Kansas
Pawnee Rock State Historic Site on the north side
of the community of Pawnee Rock, Kansas is a self guided site with
interpretive signs. The sandstone hill was a landmark near the halfway
point on the Santa Fe Trail. Today, the rock is topped with memorial markers,
a picnic area and a pergola - a viewing pavilion with a roof top lookout.
Today the rock is about 50 or 60 feet high, but it was
said to have originally been twice that height and the highest ground in
the nearby countryside.
Much of the rock was removed by homesteaders for construction
and by the Santa Fe Railroad for roadbed beneath tracks which followed
along the route of the old trail. Many people stopped and carved or chiseled
their names in the brown Dakota sandstone.
The view to the southeast from the top of Pawnee Rock
Monument and pergola
In honor of the brave men and women who passing over the old Santa
Fe Trail, endured
the hardships of frontier life and blazed the path of civilization
Monument erected by the Woman's Kansas Day Club, Daughters of the American
Woman's Relief Corps, Kansas Federation of Woman's Clubs and Woman's
Christian Temperance Union
The community of Pawnee Rock, Kansas in the distance
Nehemiah Carson, PVT CO G1 REGT, MO MTD INF, Mexican War
was buried at the base of Pawnee Rock in April 1846/
Daughters of the American Revolution Santa Fe Trial marker in the side
of Pawnee Rock, next
to graffiti carved in the rocks be generations of travelers
A six-lined racerunner (Aspidoscelis sexlineata) which had been
sunning itself on the rocks.
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