Site C-25 - Interpretive Marker Text
BRANCH: The Wet Route
DESIGNATION: September 6-8, 1825 Campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team and ford of 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.
GPS AT MARKER: N37 39.929 -- W99 45.346
TOPOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE: Confluence of Mulberry Creek and the Arkansas River.
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: None
USGS AERIAL PHOTO: September 6-8, 1825 Campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team and the ford at the Mouth of the Mulberry Creek
MODERN DAY MAP: Santa Fe Trail Map Ford County, Kansas
TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Topographic Map
HISTORIC DESCRIPTION: Ford of Mulberry Creek and September 6-8, 1825 campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team.
DISTANCE: From the September 5, 1825 campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team (Site C-21), 4 miles and 55 chains.
Tuesday 6th September.
...We started at 9. I again left the company and rode out upon the High Prairie, but saw nothing today worthy of notice, except some chalky looking Rocks. After riding about 5 miles over the broken Hills, excessively annoyed by the wind, I turned down into the River bottom, and went to the River at a Remarkable Rocky Point or Cliff on the North Side [opposite Ford], close to which the River runs. About 2 Miles above this, I fell in with the Waggons, encamped on the River bank nearly opposite the Mouth of a Creek which enters the Arkansas on the south side, known by the name of Mulberry Creek. The distance measured today is only 4 Miles and 55 Chains.
COMMENTS: This location is in keeping with the distance from (Site C-21) as measured by the survey team. However, Mulberry Creek's mouth, according to the original township survey map was 1.6 miles east of the present Mulberry Creek mouth. The campsite would have been near the crossing. The Lower Crossing designation has been applied by twentieth century writers to identify the ford which indicated a little used route in the early days of the Santa Fe Trail which followed Mulberry Creek to the Southwest. No contemporary writers characterized this ford as the Lower Crossing. See (Site D-2) comments.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SW 1/4, Section 29, T-27-S, R-22-W, Ford County, Kansas.
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