With their indepth research of the Santa Fe Trail, the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter felt some sites and trails needed more information. With this in mind the Chapter has placed in prominent locations along the Santa Fe Trail, "Interpretive Markers" to do just that. On these pages you will find a photo of the markers and the text placed on them.
Pike Plaza - Larned, Kansas
The Wet Route
FREMONT AND THE PAWNEE RIVER
In July, 1845, Capt. John C. Fremont crossed the Pawnee River near this point. Leaving the Santa Fe Trail, he led his company westward along the Pawnee to its headwaters. There, he turned northwest to the Smoky Hill River and continued west following his 1844 route (though in reverse) to the Arkansas River twenty-five miles below Bent's Fort.
The route west along the Pawnee was used at an earlier time as described by Joseph Brown, surveyor with the 1825-27 U. S. Surveying Expedition.
From this point some travelers prefer to continue up on the south side of this creek for some distance then crofsing it several times, continue westward crofsing the head waters over to the Arkansas.
Santa Fe Trail Research Site
"E-Mail & Home Page"
Larry & Carolyn
St. John, Ks.