"THE PRE-1859 DRY ROUTE"
The Original Dry Route

Site E-7 - Interpretive Marker Text

Big Coon Creek Crossing Looking Southwest From The Marker

BRANCH: The Pre-1859 Dry Route
DESIGNATION: Big Coon Creek Crossing
LOCATION: From the Site E-6 Marker, return to the cemetery entrance, right .1 mile, left .5 mile and right .9 mile to the marker on the right. The crossing is 320 yards southwest of the marker.
GPS AT MARKER: N37 55.674 -- W99 28.016
GPS AT THE CROSSING: N37 55.538 -- W99 28.138
TOPOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE: Coon Creek
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: Cutdowns remain on both sides of the creek.
USGS AERIAL PHOTO: Big Coon Creek Crossing
MODERN DAY MAP: Santa Fe Trail Map Edwards County, Kansas
TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Topographic Map
HISTORIC DESCRIPTION: Crossing of Big Coon Creek on The Pre-1859 Dry Route. (Further description will be included in the (Site F-13) comments).
DISTANCE: From Pawnee Fork Crossing, (Site C-2), 33 miles; modern measurement, 27 miles.

Excerpted from Josiah Gregg's Table of Distances
on the Santa Fe Trail from Independence, Missouri
To Miles
Pawnee Fork 6
Coon Creek 33
Caches 36

Max L. Moorhead (ed), Commerce of the Prairie by Josiah Gregg (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1954), 217.
Hereafter cited as Josiah Gregg.

COMMENTS: Historically, this stream was called Big Coon Creek. It is actually a tributary of Coon Creek and presently labeled Little Coon Creek. Gregg was in error. The distance from Pawnee Fork crossing to Big Coon Creek crossing was 27 miles. This location is also (Site F-13).
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: (Marker): SE 1/4, Section 25, T-24-S, R-20-W, Edwards County, Kansas.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: (Crossing): NW 1/4, Section 36, T-24-S, R-20-W, Edwards County, Kansas.

Big Coon Creek Crossing Bronze Plaque

Big Coon Creek Crossing Looking Southwest From The Marker
Big Coon Creek Crossing Looking Southwest From The Marker

Township 24 South of Range 20 West, Edwards County, Kansas Township 24 South of Range 20 West, Edwards County, Kansas

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