Site D-2 - Interpretive Marker Text
BRANCH: The Post Wet Route
DESIGNATION: Lower Crossing
LOCATION: From the Site D-1 Marker, continue west on U.S. 50/400 3.1 miles to the marker on the right.
GPS AT MARKER: N37 46.897 -- W100 10.426
TOPOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE: Arkansas River
USGS AERIAL PHOTO: Lower Crossing
MODERN DAY MAP: Santa Fe Trail Map Ford County, Kansas
TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Topographic Map
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: None
HISTORIC DESCRIPTION: Ford on the Arkansas River which initiated what Joseph Brown called the "lower route . . . to Semaron (Cimarron) Spring."
DISTANCE: From Point of Rocks, 3 miles
Some turn off at a place known to the Santa Fe travelers by the name of the "Cashes," near to which is a rocky point of a hill at some distance from the river, composed of cemented pebbles, and therefore called Gravel Rocks. At about 3 miles southwest from this rock is a place of crossing for those who travel the lower route, or directly to the aforenamed Semaron Spring, but this (though in a less degree) is subject to the same objections as that directly from the south bend.
Field Notes by Joseph C. Brown, United States Surveying Expedition, 1825-1827, Kansas State Historical Society.
COMMENTS: Brown indicated the crossing was 3 miles southwest of Point of Rocks. The Santa Fe Trail actually ran northwest from Point of Rocks. This Lower Crossing is not to be confused with the Mulberry Creek crossing. See Site C-25 COMMENTS.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: NW 1/4, Section 21, T-26-S, R-26-W, Ford County, Kansas.
Township 26 South of Range 26 West, Ford County, Kansas
Post Wet Route
Adapted from the 1868 Kansas with parts of Neighboring States and Territories Map
Bvt. Col. Wm. E. Merrill.
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