Site I-13 Interpretive Marker Text
BRANCH: The Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road
DESIGNATION: Pawnee Fork Crossing
LOCATION: From the Site I-12 Marker, return to the road, continue south 2.5 miles, right 1.2 miles, left 1 mile, and right 1 mile to the marker at the southeast corner of the intersection next to the marker commemorating Duncan's Crossing, the designation of the crossing in the early settlement days of the county.
GPS AT MARKER: N38 13.976 -- W99 39.756
GPS AT THE CUTDOWN: N38 14.008 -- W99 39.756
TOPOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE: None
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE: Just east of the marker and north of the modern bridge is a cutdown. South of the bridge several faint ruts run to the southwest.
USGS AERIAL PHOTO: Pawnee Fork Crossing
MODERN DAY MAP: Santa Fe Trail Map Hodgeman County, Kansas
TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Topographic Map
HISTORIC DESCRIPTION: Crossing of Pawnee Fork on The Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road.
DISTANCE: From Walnut Creek crossing (Site I-8), 12 miles. Davidson.
COMMENTS: Davidson called Pawnee Fork the North Pawnee. During the historic period, this, the main channel of the Pawnee River, was often referred to as the North Branch, Buckner Creek as the Middle Branch, and Sawlog Creek as the South Branch. A trading ranch was established in the Santa Fe Trail era of the Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road by John O'loughlin, later operated by George Duncan.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: (Marker) NW 1/4, Section 17, T-21-S, R-21-S, Hodgeman County, Kansas.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: (Cutdown) SW 1/4, Section 8, T-21-S, R-21-W, Hodgeman County, Kansas.
Pawnee Fork Crossing Cut Down
Township 21 South of Range 21 West, Hodgeman County, Kansas
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