Auto Tour Guide
Associated with the Wet/Dry Routes
in
Pawnee, Edwards, Ford
also
The Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road
in
Ellis, Rush, Pawnee, Ness, Hodgeman, Ford
Counties of Kansas

"INTRODUCTION"

     This Auto Tour Guide and Directory of Santa Fe Trail Sites, main objective is to compile and document the Wet Route, Dry Routes and associated trails in Pawnee, Edwards, and Ford Counties in Kansas as marked by The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail. These pages also include information on The Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road in Ellis, Rush, Pawnee, Ness, Hodgeman and Ford Counties in Kansas.

     Each site was numbered by the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter to correspond with like locations identified on the original township survey maps of the counties cited in the above. The area within the military reservations of Fort Larned and Fort Dodge were not included in the original township surveys. To accommodate this lack, the Santa Fe Trail within the Fort Larned reservation was transposed from Lieutenant M. R. Brown's 1867 map of Fort Larned to the original township map to the area. The original township survey maps of the Fort Dodge reservation were compiled with later township maps to show the Santa Fe Trail in the area. Those townships in which no Santa Fe Trail sites are located are also included in the body of this study and identified as such with historic information on each page. Portions of the Santa Fe Trail not identified in the original township survey maps have been superimposed on said maps with broken lines to approximate the route and should not be used as true fact. Areial Photos of the area will show different and true routes that were taken in most cases.

     The Auto Tour Guide has been divided into sections that reflect the eight branches of The Wet/Dry Routes of the Santa Fe Trail in the counties of Pawnee, Edwards, and Ford, also The Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road in Ellis, Rush, Pawnee, Ness, Hodgeman and Ford counties of Kansas. Within this Auto Tour Guide are links to the Directory of Santa Fe Trail Sites book titled Historic Information, Maps, and Photos for most of the sites marked by The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter.

Site:
     There is an identification number assigned to each site.

Branch:
     The branch of the Santa Fe Trail on which the site is located.

Designation:
     The name of each site with reference to: topographical features, Indian engagements, trading ranches, military posts, stream crossings, points of origin and the merging of trail branches, or landowners on whose property physical evidence of the Santa Fe Trial remains.

Location:
     Directions and odometer readings guiding the public from site to site. A word of caution, there may be a varation in the milage between different cars that are used. Also at some of the sites there are warnings on roads, believe these warnings. Use good judgement on road condition. Even well traveled county roads on this tour can be impassable when they get just a little wet.

Global Positioning System (GPS):
     The GPS position of the marker expressed a latitude/longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds. Where ever possible, the marker was placed at the site. In a few cases, the marker for viewing and access reasons was placed a short distance from the Trail site it's self.

Physical Evidence:
     Short section of the trail which remain in the form of ruts and cutdowns at stream crossings.

Historic Information, Maps, and Photos:
     This link will direct you to the Directory of Santa Fe Trail Sites Book. The site is viewed with one and four square mile USGS photos, photos of most site markers, historic maps of the area, present day maps and topo maps of the area are on these pages.

Interpretive Markers:
     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 link to a photo of the markers and the text placed on the marker.

The Most Important of All:
     Most of these trail sites are on "Private Property" we ask that you treat them as such. The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter will have many tours that take you to those hard to get to, and out of the way places. If you take this auto tour you will see enough from the road without getting on any private property to give you a real feeling of the Old Santa Fe Trail.

     A question that has been ask many times the first time down the auto tour route is: Why do you go in such a crooked way? Instead of going 1 mile right, 1 mile left, 1 mile right, 1 mile left. Wouldn't it be easier and faster to go 2 miles right and 2 miles left you might ask? Well the answer is yes and no! Our Auto Tour Guide is set up to keep you as close to the "Old Santa Fe Trail" as we can, this is the reason it is so crooked.

"The Area This Auto Tour Covers"




"SANTA FE TRAIL AUTO TOUR GUIDE"

"The Survey Route"
Section A-1 & A-2: Pawnee County, Kansas

"The Pre Wet Route"
Section B-1: Pawnee County, Kansas

"The Wet Route"
Section C-1 to C-34: Pawnee, Edwards, & Ford Counties, in Kansas

"The Post Wet Route"
Section D-1 to D-3: Ford County, Kansas

"The Pre 1859 Dry Route"
Section E-1 to E-11: Pawnee, Edwards, & Ford Counties, in Kansas

"The Post 1859 Dry Route"
Section F-1 to F-24: Pawnee, Edwards, & Ford Counties, in Kansas

"The Fort Larned Military Road"
Section G-1 to G-3: Pawnee County, Kansas

"The Post 1866 Dry Route"
Section H-1 to H-2: Pawnee County, Kansas

"The Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road"
Section I-1 to I-30: Ellis, Pawnee, Ness, Hodgeman, Ford Counties in Kansas

"Directory of SFT Sites Index"        "Interpretive Marker Index"
"Other Markers of the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter"
DAR Markers in Pawnee   Edwards   Ford Counties in Kansas

"The Directory of Santa Fe Trail Sites"




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