"THE WET ROUTE"

     The Wet Route pursued the north bank of the Arkansas River to the southwest. Reaching the south bend of the Arkansas and the Lower Crossing near present Ford, Kansas, it followed the river to the west to a place called Caches. From this point to the west the Santa Fe Trail became the Mountain Route. It kept to the north side of the Arkansas to a point near Bent's Fort in Colorado there it crossed the river and headed to Raton Pass to the south.

Site C-1 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Parker's Ranche
Location: From the Site B-1 marker, continue west .6 mile, left 1 mile, right 1 mile, and left 2.7 miles on Toles Street through Larned, Kansas, to N.E. Trail Street (U.S.56). Turn right .2 mile, to 4th Street and Broadway. Turn left and then right on Trail Street (U.S. 56) .2 mile, and right again .5 mile to the marker on the Left. Not much to see at this site but a good location to have a picnic!
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N38 10.516 -- W99 06.594
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Site C-2 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Pawnee Fork Crossing, Larned, Kansas
Location: From the Site C-1 marker, return east .5 mile to SW Trail Street (U.S. 56) and proceed right .3 mile to the marker on the right.
At this location it is said that the cutdowns for the crossing was taken out by the road and railroad bridge.
Also at this location you will see an old style grave marker. Near this site of Pawnee Fork Crossing on August 5, 1847 Pvt. Robert Easley was buried.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N38 10.327 -- W99 06.293
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Site C-3 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Sibley's Ridge
Location: From the Site C-2 marker, proceed southwest 8.8 miles to the marker on the right. The marker is on a high ridge at this location.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N38 05.370 -- W99 13.425
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Map C-3a
Historic Information and Map: -- No marker in this Township

Site C-4
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Coon Creek Crossing
Location: From the Site C-3 marker, continue southwest 2.5 miles on U.S. 56 to the marker on the right.
At this location there are two markers in one. One plaque is for the campsite of the 1825 Survey Team and the other is for the crossing of Coon Creek by the Wet Route.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N38 03.910 -- W99 15.284
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Site C-5 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Plain Camp
Location: From the Site C-4 marker, continue southwest on U.S. 56 3.8 miles to the marker on the left.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N38 01.466 -- W99 17.979
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Site C-6 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Love's Defeat
Location: From the Site C-5 marker, continue southwest on U.S. 56 1.6 miles to the marker on the left.
Near this location on July 26, 1847, Lt. John Love and his force were attacked by Indians. Five of his men were killed and his animals driven off. This location was known as Love's Defeat.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N38 00.449 -- W99 19.122
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Map C-6a
Historic Information and Map: -- No marker in this Township

Site C-7 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Battle of Coon Creek
Location: From the Site C-6 marker, continue southwest on U.S. 56, 5.1 miles to the marker on the left.
Near this location on July 18, 1848, Comanches and Plains Apaches attacked a military escort for a paymaster and wagon trains.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 57.170 -- W99 22.789
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Site C-8
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: September 3, 1825 Campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team.
Location: From the Site C-7 marker, continue southwest on U.S. 56 .6 mile, and left 1.4 mile to the marker on the left just across U.S 50.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 55.634 -- W99 23.200
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Site C-9
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Gartung Ruts
Location: From the Site C-8 marker, continue south .5 mile to a farmstead. Southeast of this point 170 yards is the marker.
No road access at this location and if you walk in beware of the dog at the farm house to the north.
GPS at Marker: N37 55.169 -- W99 23.141
Physical Evidence: A single rut runs southwest from the marker.
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Site C-10
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Burr Ruts #1
Location: From the Site C-9 marker, return to farmstead and then north .5 mile to U.S. 50, left 1.5 miles to U.S. 183 and left 1.7 miles to the marker on the right.
GPS at Marker: N37 53.704 -- W99 24.521
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts run southwest from the marker.
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Site C-11
Branch: The Wet Route
DESGINATION: Burr Ruts #2
Location: From the Site C-10 marker, return north .3 mile, left 1.7 miles, left 2 miles, and right .1 mile to the marker on the left.
GPS at Marker: N37 52.174 -- W99 26.601
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts run from the northeast in the pasture north of the road at this point and southwest from the marker located on the south side of the road.
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Site C-12
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Schaller Ruts #1
Location: From the Site C-11 marker, continue west .9 mile, left 1 mile, and right .3 mile to the marker on the left.
GPS at Marker: N37 51.296 -- W99 27.896
GPS at the Ruts: N37 51.296 -- W99 28.064
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts are located just east of the marker in the pasture and run to the southwest. These ruts can be seen from the road before you get to the marker.
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Site C-13
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Schaller Ruts #2
Location: From the Site C-12 marker, continue west .7 mile and left .5 mile. To the left of this point .4 mile on a farm access road is the marker.
GPS at Marker: N37 50.908 -- W99 28.275
GPS From Nearest County Road: N37 50.908 -- W99 28.679
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts run south from the marker.
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Site C-14
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Wetzel Ruts #1
Location: From the Site C-13 marker, return to the road and proceed south 1.5 miles, right 1.4 miles, left 1.3 miles and right .3 miles. Left of this point .5 mile is the marker.
There is no access road to this set of ruts.
GPS at Marker: N37 47.921 -- W99 30.767
GPS From Nearest County Road: N37 48.413 -- W99 30.767
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts bisect a lane at this point. [note: these ruts have been lost to farming, 2003]
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Site C-15
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Little Pond
Location: From the Site C-14 marker, return north to the road and continue west 1.7 miles, left 1.5 miles, left on a farm access road 1 mile, and right 176 yards to the marker.
The marker is placed about 180 yards west of a small farm pond of modern time.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 47.035 -- W99 31.425
GPS From Nearest County Road: N37 47.035 -- W99 32.513
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Site C-16
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Wetzel Ruts #2
Location: From the Site C-15 Marker, return to the road and continue south .5 mile, left .5 mile on a farm access road, right .1 mile, and left 452 yards to the marker.
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts run southwest from the marker.
GPS at Marker: N37 46.555 -- W99 31.692
GPS From Nearest County Road: N37 46.555 -- W99 32.513
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Site C-17
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: September 4, 1825 campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team.
Location: From the Site C-16 Marker, continue east 418 yards to the marker.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 46.575 -- W99 31.428
GPS From Nearest County Road: N37 46.575 -- W99 32.513
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Site C-18
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Wetzel Ruts #3
Location: From the Site C-17 Marker, return west 870 yards and left 704 yards to the marker.
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts remain northeast of the marker in a plowed field.
GPS at Marker: N37 46.258 -- W99 31.958
GPS From Nearest County Road: N37 46.258 -- W99 32.513
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Site C-19
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Stewart Ruts
Location: From the Site C-18 Marker, return to the road and continue south 1 mile, right 1 mile and left 1.5 miles. To the right of this point 38 yards is the marker.
This is a set of ruts that if the road is muddy just dream of how they might look, don't try this road when wet.
GPS at Marker: N37 44.510 -- W99 33.619
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts run southwest from the marker.
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Site C-20
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Tilley Ruts
Location: From the Site C-19 Marker, return to the road, north .5 mile, left 2 miles, left 3.2 miles, and right .4 mile to the marker on the right.
GPS at Marker: N37 42.225 -- W99 36.183
Physical Evidence: A single rut approaches the marker from the north.
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Site C-21
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: September 5, 1825 Campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team.
Location: From the Site C-20 Marker, continue west 1.6, left 3 miles and right 2.6 miles to the marker on the left.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 39.696 -- W99 40.682
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Site C-22
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Fowler Ruts
Location: From the Site C-21 Marker, continue west 1 mile. Left of this point 403 yards is the marker.
There is no access road to these ruts.
GPS at Marker: N37 39.492 -- W99 41.808
GPS From Nearest County Road: N37 39.695 -- W99 41.808
GPS at the Black Pool: N37 39.305 -- W99 41.567
GPS For The Black Pool From Nearest County Road: N37 39.695 W99 41.567
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts run from the southeast through this section passing the above mentioned spring and approaching the marker.
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Site C-23
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Herrman Ruts #1
Location: From the Site C-22 Marker, return to the road and continue west .3 mile. Left of this point 376 yards is the marker.
There is no access road to these ruts.
GPS at Marker: N37 39.510 -- W99 42.107
GPS From Nearest County Road: N37 39.700 -- W99 42.107
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts run northwest from the marker.
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Site C-24
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Riegel Ruts
Location: From the Site C-23 Marker, return to the road and continue west 1.2 miles to the marker on the right.
There is no access road to these ruts. Although they can be seen from the road in the pasture to the east of the marker.
GPS at Marker: N37 39.716 -- W99 43.379
GPS at the Ruts: N37 39.821 -- W99 43.379
Physical Evidence: North of the marker 200 yards multiple ruts run for a full half mile to the east.
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Site C-25 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: September 6-8, 1825 Campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team and the Lower Crossing ford at the mouth of the Mulberry Creek.
Location: From the Site C-24 marker, continue west 1.5 miles to US 400 and right .3 mile to the marker on the left. South of the marker 1/2 mile is the mouth of the Mulberry Creek.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 39.929 -- W99 45.346
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Site C-26
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Herrman Ruts #2
Location: From the Site C-25 Marker, continue west on U.S. 400 .8 mile. Right of this point 544 yards is the marker.
There is no access road to these ruts.
GPS at Marker: N37 40.575 -- W99 45.792
GPS From U.S. 400 Highway: N37 40.140 W99 45.792
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts run from the east to the marker.
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Site C-27 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Small Drain
Location: From the Site C-26 Marker, return to U.S. 400 and continue west 2.2 miles to the marker on the left.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 41.133 -- W99 48.104
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Site C-28 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Jackson's Island
Location: From the Site C-27 Marker, continue west on U.S. 400 1.9 miles to the marker on the left.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 41.733 -- W99 50.021
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Site C-29 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Junction of The Wet with The Dry Route.
Location: From the Site C-28 Marker continue west on U.S. 400 5.3 miles to the marker on the right.
Physical Evidence: Multiple ruts are in evidence proceeding down the hillside 1/8 mile northeast of the marker.
GPS at Marker: N37 43.618 -- W99 55.191
GPS at the Ruts: N37 43.764 -- W99 54.989
GPS For Ruts From U.S. 400: N37 43.257 -- W99 54.989
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Site C-30 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Fort Dodge, Kansas
Location: From the Site C-29 Marker, continue west 1 mile to the marker on the left.
Fort Dodge is such a neat place that you must take time to visit the grounds. On the grounds is a museum in the old warehouse of trail days. Visit the Sutler's Store and Gift Shop.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 43.976 -- W99 56.143
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Site C-31 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: September 9, 1825 Campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team.
Location: From the Site C-30 Marker, continue west on U.S. 400 1.5 miles to the marker on the right.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 44.419 -- W99 57.650
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Site C-32 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Fort Mann
Location: From the Site C-31 Marker, continue west 3.3 miles to 2nd Ave. in Dodge City, right .1 mile, left 3 miles on U.S. 50/400, left .2 mile, and right on Kettle Way .4 mile to the marker on the left. Left of the marker .2 mile is the location of Fort Mann, just north of the Arkansas River, but south of the Santa Fe Trail .3 miles.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 45.142 -- W100 04.596
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Site C-33 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: Fort Atkinson
Location: From the Site C-32 Marker, continue west on Kettle Way .4 mile to the marker. The fort sat just west of this location.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 45.150 -- W100 04.974
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Site C-34 -- Interpretive Marker
Branch: The Wet Route
Designation: The Caches
Location: From the Site C-33 Marker, return east on Kettle Way 1 mile, left .2 mile to U.S. 50/400, left 1 mile and right .2 miles to the marker on the left.
Physical Evidence: None
GPS at Marker: N37 45.655 -- W100 05.279
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