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.
GPS AT MARKER: N37 46.575 -- W99 31.428
GPS FROM NEAREST COUNTY ROAD: N37 46.575 -- W99 32.513
TOPOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE: None
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: None
USGS AERIAL PHOTO: Sept. 4, 1825 Campsite Santa Fe Trail Survey Team
MODERN DAY MAP: Santa Fe Trail Map Edwards County, Kansas
TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Topographic Map
HISTORIC DESCRIPTION: Sept. 4, 1825 campsite Santa Fe Trail Survey Team.
DISTANCE: From the Sept. 3, 1825 campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team, 12 miles and 28 chains.
Sunday 4th September.
Started the Waggons at 10 M[inutes] past 9. Traveled up the River pretty nearly by its course, in the bottom. High Hills and Nobs on the opposite side, some of which are of loose naked Sand. The Hills on the North side are about 3 Miles from the River. The Clear Creek runs down through the bottom about midway between the Hills and the River. I saw and Crossed it frequently during my Zig Zag ride today; it still appears brisk & flush and its water clear & good. Its bed gravelly in many places. The Waggons kept along between the creek and the River--road good. The Bottom is very much the same where we traveled today as usual, as respects soil and Grass & c. The River is also nearly the same in its width, depth and general appearance. Several very fat cows killed today, and an Elk and a Deer also killed, these latter are but rarely seen in these regions [sic]. Our Men kill daily as much fine beef as could Subsist an army. And yet Buffalo are, comparatively, very scarce where we are now traveling. Halted and encamped on the River bank--distance today 12 M[ile]s 28 Ch[ain]s.
COMMENTS: The marker is placed east of the Santa Fe Trail closer to where the campsite would have been located near the Arkansas River.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: NE 1/4 Section 20, T-26-S, R-20-W, Edwards County, Kansas.
Township 26 South of Range 20 West, Edwards County, Kansas
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