Crossing Pawnee Fork, The Wet Route pursued the north bank of the Arkansas River to the southwest. Reaching the south bend of the Arkansas near present Ford, Kansas, it followed the river's westerly course to The Caches where it merged with the Dry Route. At a later date, the two routes merged at a point 10 miles east of The Caches.
A portion of the 1868 Kansas with Parts of Neighboring States and Territories Map complied by Bvt. Col. Wm. E. Merrill showing the Santa Fe Trail running from Ash Creek through present Larned, Kansas to Pawnee Fork; thence The Wet Route followed the north bank of the Arkansas River to the southwest.
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, left 2.7 miles on Toles Street through Larned 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, to the marker on the right.
GPS AT MARKER: N38 10.516 -- W99 06.594
TOPOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE: None
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: None
USGS AERIAL PHOTO: Parker's Ranche
MODERN DAY MAP: Santa Fe Trail Map Pawnee County, Kansas
TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Topographic Map
HISTORIC DESCRIPTION: Trading ranch established by Smauel Parker in 1864.
DISTANCE: From Fort Larned, 6 miles.
Hd Qs Fort Larned Kansas.COMMENTS: En route, you will pass Site F-1 which will be discussed on F-3.
March 6th 1867
To the Asst. Adjt. General Hd Q. Dist Upper Arkansas.
In compliance with Gen. Orders No. 3 Hd Qs Dist Upper Arkansas, I have the honor to make the following report:
On last Thursday, the 28th of February, a small party of Cheyennes went to a ranch; kept by a man by the name of Parker, six (6) miles below this Post, and ordered him to cook supper for them. He had to comply and they, on finding he had no sugar to give them, threatened his life and would undoubtedly have killed one of his men, if he had not concealed himself...
I am Sir Very Respectfully Your Obdt. Srvt.
Henry Asbury, Capt 3rd US Infantry
Bvt Maj USA Commanding
Capt. Henry Asbury to Asst. Adjutant General, Headquarters,
District of the Upper Arkansas, March 6, 1867, Fort Larned
National Historic Site Research Collection.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SW 1/4 Section 32, T-21-S, R-16-W, Pawnee County, Kansas.
Township 21 South of Range 16 West, Pawnee County, Kansas
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