"Historic Oval Sign's"
Known Locations
Santa Fe Trail 
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Historic Oval Signs
Be Very Careful When Buying One Of These
There Are Fakes Being Produced Now!!

Have you seen one of these signs along the Santa Fe Trail?
Do you know of any that aren't on our list of Santa Fe Trail Oval Signs?
Please let us know and we'll add it to the list.
{santafetrail@santafetrailresearch.com}

     Why this page on these old oval markers? To preserve the history of the Santa Fe Trail sites, buildings, ruts and grave sites, the route itself should be marked. There are natural markers, the Marker Cottonwood, at the Little Arkansas Crossing, Pawnee Rock, four locations are called Point of Rocks, Wagon Mound, battle sites, campsites and river crossings, these are all natures markers. The Santa Fe Trail Oval Sign was just one of the ways the Santa Fe Trail was marked over the years. The "Old Santa Fe Road" and other feeder trails that connect with the Santa Fe Trail were marked in many ways. To do this a lot of research goes into each site and then great effort goes into locating them, then placing a unique type of marker at each location.

     Let's concider the limestone posts the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter incorporated into their major marking project of the Wet/Dry Routes of the Santa Fe Trail and the Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road. These limestone posts are also a part of the history of the State of Kansas. Early settlers used them in many ways. They were used as building material, and fence posts. With the reconstruction of the highway system in the Western part of Kansas, from the almost one lane highways built for the covered wagon & the "Model T Ford" to the new super two lane as the state calls them, the fence rows that once held the limestone post are being replaced by new and improved steel fence posts, the limestone posts are being taken out, piled up and or lost. Many of the post end up as markers of a different kind. They were being used everywhere in buildings and the wonderful churches that dot the country side of Kansas.

     In 1902 the Daughters of the American Revolution in Kansas undertook an ambitious project to mark the old Santa Fe Trail across their state. It took them five years to plan, initiate and complete their part of the project. Placement of the ninety-six red granite markers was finished several years afterward as each county worked to complete their part. The entire process was recorded by a newly elected historian and later became a book published in 1915, The Marking of the Santa Fe Trail by Mrs. T. A. Cordry. The slim blue volume can be found hidden in most Kansas history sections of libraries all across the state.

     The Oval Santa Fe Trail Signs were placed on or near schools located along the Santa Fe Trail in 1948, by the American Pioneer Trails Association with Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. At that time Judge Henry A. Bundschu was president of the Association, and Thornton Cooke was chairman of the special committee that designed this plan for marking the historic Santa Fe Trail. Blevins Davis, Independence, Missouri, donated funds to provide the artistic plaques for marking the route. Irvin "Shorty" Shope, who drew the mules pulling the wagon on the sign, was a western painter, illustrator and muralist from Montana. Irvin "Shorty" Shope,1900-1977.

Irvin Shope Oval Santa Fe Trail Signature

     The American Pioneer Trails Association provided Oval Santa Fe Trail Signs for schools along the Santa Fe Trail and suggested a dedication program for November 16, 1948. Students were to conduct the ceremony and give the addresses. They were encouraged to dress in pioneer costumes for the occasion. This was one effort to mark the Trail since the DAR granite markers were erected earlier in the century. The markers were placed on or near schools, but only a few remain where originally placed. Many of these signs are being preserved in private collections across the country.

"Known Locations of Oval Santa Fe Trail Signs"
Where they are and where they've been!

  1. Admire, Kansas;
         John of Admire, Kansas states he had a Santa Fe Trail Oval Sign hanging in his home but it's now missing. He had no idea where it came from or where it went. {Trip to Council Grove, Ks. 5-3-13}

  2. Agnes City, Kansas;
    Bushong High School Band #1 The Crowd Attending #2 School Chiildren in Program at the Dedication #3 - Click on photo for larger view
         The First picture is of the band. It is the Bushong High School. The Second picture is of the crowd attending. The Third picture is of the school children putting on the program at the dedication. I am the little girl in the wagon, the Indian is my brother and the boy in the light colored shirt without a hat is my cousin. The two boys with dressed in black with hats are brothers, the cowboy was our teachers son (also a student at the school) and the Indian girl lived near me.

         The pictures above are of a dedication of the oval Santa Fe Trail sign at the site of the Agnes City School, District #87, located in northern Lyon County Kansas in 1948. I was the little girl in the covered wagon in the pictures. This school building was later sold and became a house in Americus, Kansas. It is still a home. I have no idea about what happened to the sign. The sign is very visible in one of the pictures.

         I grew up by the Santa Fe Trail and the ruts can still be seen by the Agnes City Cemetery where a my parents and other family members are buried. At one time Agnes City was the county seat of Breckenridge County (now Lyon County). I did quite a bit of research on Agnes City when I was in college as a project. I've always been interested in the local history of the area.
    Email From
    Betty M.
    Kingman, Kansas

  3. Allen, Kansas;
    Lyon County Senior Center Allen Kansas
         This one is displayed in the Lyon County Senior Center in the town of Allen, Kansas. This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign was removed from the "Ozark School" located three miles west of Allen, on US 56 and one mile north by Roy S. and Dan F. as the old school was being torn down.

  4. Ashland Oregon;
         [Email received August 5, 2001] - I bought one of these at an auction in Ottawa Kansas, in 1991. It is very near mint. I am a collector of Santa Fe railroad items, with a little crossover into the bus, and "trail" items. Thought you may want to account for it.
         Regards, Steve S.

  5. Baldwin City, Kansas;
         This Oval Sign was located inside the west door of the log cabin at Black Jack Park east of Baldwin City, it was originally on a tree near St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. The oval sign has been moved again to the Old Castle Museum in Baldwin City.

  6. Berlin, Germany;
    Email, October 29, 2011
    Irvin Shope Santa Fe Trail Sign
    Hello Santa Fe Trail Research,
         I've got one of the trail markers signed by Irvin Shope, 48. My father found it on a ghost town exploration in New Mexico in the 70's. Sorry, I cannot be more specific. Anyhow, it now lives in Berlin, Germany. It seems people collect them. An antique dealer was really keen to buy it a couple of years ago when we had to sell some of my Mother's precious items. (It was and is not for sale). The marker is in good condition, a few scratches, six holes and a bit of rust.
    I'll send you a picture when I get the chance.
         All best, Helen M.

  7. Billings, Montana;
    Billings, Montana
         Sold on E-bay, no response from seller, new owner unknown. Amazing Santa Fe Trail Porcelain Route Marker Sign Covered Wagon Highway Pioneer very rare Santa Fe Trail Porcelain Sign.

  8. Canon City, Colorado;
    Trails End Antiques - Canyon City, Colorado
         Hello, We would like to let you know about the oval marker sign we have aquired. The sign was aquired in Canon City, Colorado and was stated to be from an antique store in Sugar City, Colorado. The store closed 12 years ago and the sign was in storage since then. No information of the actual location of where the sign was from, but La Junta and Las Animas is very near there. It has a few small porcelain chips on the the edges and center, but displays very well. It is now owned by us at Trails End Antiques, Canon City, Colorado, we have been in business for 18 years. We would love for this sign to be added to the "known" list of other oval signs and sorry there is no other information on the original location. Keep up the good work!
         Regards {Sold}

  9. Carpinteria, California;
    Carpinteria, Calivirnia
         We purchased the sign in April 2008, at an antique gas and oil sale. We were told that it came off an Indian school in New Mexico, no other information then that. It's great to be a part of the Santa Fe Trail collectors. {Sold on E-bay - 2008}
         Ray & Mary, Carpinteria, California

  10. Carpinteria, California;
    Carpinteria, Calivirnia   Carpinteria, Calivirnia
    E-mail: Thursday, August 16, 2012
         We had previously purchased a Santa Fe Trail sign back in 2008 however sold it later that year with the intention of eventually finding a better example. Well it's taken 4 years but we did just find this MINT example at a sale in Iowa two weeks ago. I believe it to be the real thing, not a reproduction which I have seen copies of. This will remain with our Gas & Oil collection for many years.
    Email received:
    Good morning, I finally heard back from the person who owned my sign prior to my purchase, not much information. It came from Colby, Kansas where it hung in a home for over 40 years prior to my purchase at Matthews Auctions in early August.
         Ray & Mary, Carpinteria, California

  11. Cedar Crest, New Mexico;
    Cedar Crest New Mexico
         This sign was first bought at a garage sale in Pawnee Rock, Kansas by an antique dealer in Pawnee Rock. He put it in his shop and then it was sold to a gentleman from Gem, Kansas who sells items over the internet. He then sold it to Ed, of Hugoton, Kansas on November 17, 2002. Where the sign once hung is unknown. We believe it to be the one that was on the school in Pawnee Rock, Kansas but we can't be positive on that. - [
    Pawnee Rock Oval Sign Story]
         In November 2004 this sign was put in an auction house in Kansas and sold to someone in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. The auction house would give no information on the new owner. The person who {Sold} this sign.

  12. Colby, Kansas
    Carpinteria, California
         This Oval Sign was {Sold} to Dan of Dodge City, Kansas, previous owner unknown.

  13. Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Colorado Springs Colorado
    Email from Rick
    Larry & Carolyn
         This is to inform you that I have one of the oval signs. For now, I intend to frame the marker and include the history of it. I will keep it at my residence for now. I know I paid a fortune for this thing. . . .but I always wanted one, being a Santa Fe Trail nut for many years. The seller advised me that an old gentleman from whom it was purchased lived near McPherson, Kansas. He claimed to have discovered it buried in a county road ditch shortly after buying a small farm stead in 1975.
         Rick in Colorado Springs

  14. Council Grove;
    Council Grove Kansas     Council Grove Kansas
         The Hays House Tavern and Restaurant, the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River, has a sign. Charlie and Helen of the Hays House say this one was purchased at the Jameson's Antique Shop in Madison, Kansas about 1974. The sign on the right is made out of leather, also at the Hays House.

  15. Council Grove;
    Santa Fe School
         Santa Fe School, this school has been moved from its original location to the Day farm east of town, where it was made into a workshop. The oval sign has been set inside the farm house. The school name was Santa Fe Trail School and was located on the Trail six miles east of Council Grove on US 56 and 1/4 mile north.

  16. Council Grove;
    Private Individual
         One of the few remaining American Pioneer Asssociation Santa Fe Trail Oval Sign. This one is in a private collection in Council Grove, Kansas

  17. Council Grove;
    McClintock Law Office
         In the summer of 2000, Tyler, grandson of the owners of the Old Trail Motel on Old 56 east of Council Grove, found a 1948 American Pioneer Trails Association Santa Fe Oval Sign that was put on schools along the Santa Fe Trail. The Oval Sign was found in a storage area under Cabin #9 of the motel.
         The original location of the Oval Sign is presently unknown. The Oval Sign was on display at the McClintock Law Office in Council Grove along with other historical items. {see below}
         Ken M.

  18. Council Grove;
    Trail Days Cafe - Terwilliger Home
         The McClintock Law Office Oval Sign is now on display in the Terwilliger Home, built by Abraham and Mary Rawlinson in 1860-61, this stone home was the last house freighters passed going west when leaving Council Grove as late as 1863.
         Trail Days Cafe and Museum in Council Grove, Kansas is located in the 1861 limestone Terwilliger Home. The small complex of old buildings is a combination museum, cafe and bakery. The staff wear period costumes and are friendly and enthusiastic.
         The property was purchased by William Riley Terwilliger in 1870, who added the south wing by 1873. The Terwilliger family came to Morris County in 1859. William Riley Terwilliger was at times a farmer, stock man, freighter, and owner of a livery stable.
         The Terwilliger Home is the oldest stone home and the second oldest home remaining alongside the Santa Fe Trail in Kansas.
         Ken M.

  19. Deming, New Mexico;
    Deming New Mexico
         Rosie from Phoenix writes; My father lives on the out skirts of Deming, New Mexico. Behind there home is open range and mountains. During one of his walks he came across one of those Santa Fe Trail oval signs. This sign was sold to the {Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  20. Dodge City, Kansas;
         A sign was sold by a Pete at public auction, the origin of this sign is unknown and no information on the purchaser could be given.

  21. Dodge City, Kansas;
    Carpinteria, California
         Dan, bought this Oval Sign from a man in Colby, Kansas. It was later put up for auction at Matthews Auction and {
    Sold} to Ray & Mary.

  22. Dodge City, Kansas;
         This sign was taken off of a building that had been moved into the Hollywood addition of Dodge City, Kansas. The man that has this Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is Vernon, of an Auction Service, in Dodge City. The School that it came from was located in Bucklin, Kansas.

  23. E-bay Auction;
         In July of 1998 there was one on this internet auction site that sold. The new owner is unknown. The person that listed the Oval Sign wouldn't answer our email.

  24. Edgerton. Kansas
    Courtesy of the Johnson County Museum
    This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign was located on Lanesfield School, it is now located in the Johnson County Museum System. {note}

  25. Elkhart, Kansas;
    Morton County Museum       N. F. Meyer man who found this sign
         The Morton County Museum got one in April of 1999, from someone who found it in the junk and ask if they would like to have it. They now have it at the Museum. The museum states: that the photos were sent to us by Mr. Meyer of Colorado, who found it. He felt it was probably on the trail northeast of there. He did find the sign around Trinidad, Colorado. It is not in to good of shape, looks like it may have been buried and then hit with a plow or something.

  26. Fairway, Kansas;
    Email from Cindy H. - 9-1-09
    Larry and Carolyn,
         I drove over to the Shawnee Mission Indian School in Fairway, Ks., and told the Director of the Indian Mission I was looking for Santa Fe Trail Oval Signs. She said they had one but had sent it to the Topeka Historical Society. I told them that the Santa Fe Trail didn't go thru Topeka and asked why it was sent there. A volunteer who was helping me find the sign, called me later and told me that they had requested the sign back but it would take time. They were going to keep it inside. No information on where the sign is at this time.
         Cindy H.

  27. Fort Dodge, Kansas;
    Fort Dodge Museum
         The old warehouse now Museum on the grounds of Old Fort Dodge has one of the Oval Santa Fe Trail Signs, it hangs on the wall. The origin of this sign is unknown.

  28. Fort Worth, Texas;
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Email From Steve - January 31, 2010
         I have one that looks like the rest with one huge difference. The 4 holes are top bottom left and right. Same Shope logo and date. I got the sign in Kansas City, Missouri around 1975-76. With the hole pattern being so different, it must have been made to bolt to a surface other than flat.
         Thank you
         Steve
         In 1948, the American Pioneer Trails Association started their second ambitious project to mark historic sites in our area. White metal oval signs were created to commemorate the Santa Fe Trail. Originally these signs were given to schools along the Santa Fe Trail route, but in 1950, additional signs were placed on trees and poles to mark the precise route through Kansas City. This sign seems to be one of the signs that was placed on trees and poles, with the hole pattern the sign has.

  29. Galva, Kansas - Galva Museum
    Galva, Kansas - Galva Museum
         This sign was donated to the Galva Museum tonight, July 9, 2014. It was saved from the Happy Hollow School three miles south of Galva in the early 1970s and has been in the possession of one person until tonight when it was donated to the Galva Museum! So excited to have it displayed next to other Happy Hollow school items.
    Linda

  30. Hopatoong, New Jersey;
    St John Kansas
         A lady named "Sue" believes this Oval Sign was found in the basement of a house bought about 20 years ago. It remained there until about five years ago, when the house was sold, and during the clean out of the house the owner was going to throw it away. Another friend kept the thing in a junk pile in her garage for about another year, and she to threatened to throw it away. The sign has been hanging in the kitchen of a lady named "Sue" ever since. Sue states that she loves it, because of the character it has. The sign is in good shape except for ten marks that appear to be from bullets, none of them go through the sign. Sue explained that Hopatoong was a "large summer resort in the early nineteen hundreds through the mid fifties. Many rich and famous people owned houses and vacationed here during the summer months. It is located on the largest lake in New Jersey about 30 miles west of New York.
         Enjoy your sign "Sue"!!
         The above Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign from Hopatoong, New Jersey was later put up for bid and is now near the Santa Fe Trail in a private collection. This sign was Sold to the {Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  31. Hugoton, Kansas; Sign Number One;
    Ulysses, Kansas
         There are now one in the private collection of Ed in Hugoton, Kansas. Ed's sign buying history goes like this.
         Ed bought his first sign from a Liberal, Kansas antique dealer in 1995. The dealer he bought it from said it came from a private museum in New Mexico. The couple was retiring and selling everything they had collected over the years. This sign also has a 4 hole pattern, top bottom left and right. Original location unknown.
         This sign was sold to the {
    Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  32. Hugoton, Kansas; Sign Number Two;
    Ulysses, Kansas
         Ed bought this one from a private party in Westport, Missouri. The people he bought it from didn't know where it came from.

  33. Hugoton, Kansas; Sign Number Three;
    Ulysses, Kansas
         Ed bought this one from a private party in La Junta, Colorado. They said it came off of a school around La Junta, Colorado but didn't know which one.
    Email from a Bruce
         My mother, Alma, lives in La Junta, Colorado and I am currently here visiting from Virginia. Last October my father passed away and we are going through the house now getting ready to move my mom out. We found one of the Oval Santa Fe Trail Signs that my dad had collected. We had Don, museum curator for the Otero Museum here in town, over to look at it and he filled us in on what he knows about them. I found your website and enjoyed reading about the history of the signs. It is in very good shape with just a little rust around one of the screw holes. Don thinks it probably came from the Lincoln Elementary School here in La Junta.
         This sign was sold to the {
    Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  34. Hugoton, Kansas; Sign Number Four;
    Ulysses, Kansas
         On January 31, 2006, this sign was put up for bid on E-bay. Michele the seller writes;
    Hello: I listed this item for a friend of mine. He told me that it came from Lecompton, Kansas. It was found in the basement of an old building. Hope that helps! Location of the school is unknown.
         Ed won the bid for this sign, it was in his collection in Kansas on the Santa Fe Trail.
         This sign was sold to the {
    Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  35. Hugoton, Kansas; Sign Number Five;
    Ulysses, Kansas
         This sign was first bought at a garage sale in Pawnee Rock, Kansas by an antique dealer in Pawnee Rock. He put it in his shop and then it was sold to a gentleman from Gem, Kansas who sells items over the internet. He then sold it to Ed, of Hugoton, Kansas on November 17, 2002. Where the sign once hung is unknown, but it is belived to be from the Pawnee Rock, Kansas School. Ed, sold this sign at auction in Larned, Kansas. New owner unknown.

  36. Independence Missouri;
    Independence Missouri
         This marker is still in its original place which is above the 1940 Cornerstone on which used to be the Palmer Junior High School. It is the last school in Independence, Missouri to still have the Santa Fe Trail marker hanging. - [
    Story to go with this Oval Sign]

  37. Indio, California;
    Indio Car Route Highway 99
    Hi Guys,
    What a great site & links.
         I bought one from a collector in Nevada. I love it. I am a highway sign collector in Indio California.
         Thanks, Bruce

  38. Kansas City Missouri;
    Email from Cindy - 9-1-2009
         Cave Spring Interpretative Center has one of the Santa Fe Trail Oval signs which sits on a shelf in their historical and nature museum. Someone found it alongside the road next to their museum and brought it in to keep it out of the elements.
         Cindy H.

  39. Kansas City Missouri;
    Kansas City Missouri   Kansas City Missouri
    4-21--16
    Terry wrote:
    We picked this sign at an estate sale right off of Santa Fe Trail in Kansas City MO.
    Very excited to find this site!
    I just found this sign at an estate sale just one block south of Santa Fe Trail (Rd.) and 1/2 mile from the Missouri/Kansas State Line Rd.
    It has mounting brackets on the back presumably for a post of some sort.

  40. Kerney Nebraska;
    Kerney, Nebreska
         This sign was for sale on E-Bay. Historic Santa Fe Trail Marker: Oval porcelain sign used to mark the Santa Fe Trail. This piece of history has been in the family for over 25+ years. The sign is oval in shape and measures 24 1/4" x 16 1/4" There are a total of six holes for attachment. Sign is black and white in color and there is a chip in the porcelain located at the upper left corner. Besides the chip, the porcelain is in very good condition. Thank you for looking and happy bidding.
         It sold, couldn't get any answer from the seller as to who or where the new owner might be.

  41. Kinsley, Kansas;
    56 Antique Shop
         This oval sign was in the Trails End Antique Shop in Canon City, Colorado. From here it was sold to the 56 Antique Shop in Kinsley. {
    Sold}

  42. Kinsley, Kansas;
    Kinsley, Kansas
         This Santa Fe Trail Oval Sign was located at the Trails End Antique Shop in Canon City, Colorado. From here it was sold to the 56 Antique Shop in Kinsley, Kansas. This is where Rosetta found and bought it. It is now back home on the Santa Fe Trail, in the hands of another "True Trail Buff"!!

  43. La Junta, Colorado;
         Phil has one in his collections from the Kreybill (Gagby) School, which was located approximately eight miles east of Las Animas, Colorado. Most of the school has been torn down except for one room which is now at the Las Animas Museum.

  44. La Junta, Colorado
    La Junta, Colorado
    Email from a Bruce
         My mother, Alma, lives in La Junta, Colorado and I am currently here visiting from Virginia. Last October my father passed away and we are going through the house now getting ready to move my mom out. We found one of the Oval Santa Fe Trail Signs that my dad had collected. We had Don, museum curator for the Otero Museum here in town, over to look at it and he filled us in on what he knows about them. I found your website and enjoyed reading about the history of the signs. It is in very good shape with just a little rust around one of the screw holes. Don thinks it probably came from the Lincoln Elementary School here in La Junta.
         Alma, {
    Sold} her oval sign to Ed of Hugoton, Kansas.

  45. La Junta, Colorado
    La Junta Colorado
         The Otero Museum has one of the oval Santa Fe Trail signs. It is on display in the H. L Boyd Coach House above a large map that shows where the Santa Fe Trail passes through the town of La Junta. I am attaching photos that include the information that is posted with the sign. This Plaque was placed on the Timpas, Colorado school located 16 miles south of La Junta, Colorado.
    The Santa Fe Trail School Plaque Is Given in Honor of Lee and Mattie Reed by their Family.
    Information from Kathy
    Board Secretary and Web Master
         This sign was donated by Lee Reed to the Otero Museum in La Junta, Colorado. This sign was from the long defunct Timpas School. The sign was found in a trash pile and hung in a garage for several years.

  46. Lakin, Kansas;
    Kearny County Museum
         The narrative with this marker reads as follows: On November 16, 1948 school children in about 240 schools in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico dedicated Santa Fe Trail Markers on school grounds nearest the old trail. This was a project of the Greater Kansas City Council of the American Pioneer Trails Association. The Markers, a gift of Blevins Davis of Independence, Missouri show a covered wagon being drawn by 6 mules, with a man riding one mule. The artist was Irvin Shope. Distribution was made by Col. E. P. H Gempel United States Army retired and Clyde H. Porter of Kansas City, Missouri. The marker here was hanging on the flagpole of the Lakin High School. It was donated to the Kearny County Museum in 1989.
         Narrative & Photo from Rick

  47. Lakin, Kansas;
    Kearny County Museum
         Kearny County Museum has a second Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign. No information as to the former location.

  48. Lampasas, Texas;
    Lampasas, Texas
    Email from Alan:
    Larry,
         The sign was found at an antique market here in Lampasas, Texas. We have a lot of military people living here [Fort Hood is nearby] so no telling how the sign ended up here.
         Thanks, Alan
         Sold on E-bay to the [Santa Fe Trail Research Site!]

  49. Larned, Kansas
    Santa Fe Trail Center Museum
         Santa Fe Trail Center Museum, this Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign hangs in the old School on the Museum Grounds.

  50. Lyons, Kansas;
    Coronado/Quivira Museum
         The Coronado/Quivira Museum has a Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign on display.

  51. Las Animas, Colorado;
         Kit Carson Museum, this location has a Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign in the main building; Original location unknown!

  52. Las Animas, Colorado;
         This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is located in the old schoolhouse at the Kit Carson Museum; Original location unknown!

  53. Las Animas, Colorado;
    Las Animas Colorado       Rixey school east of Las Animas Colorado
         Jon writes, I have a Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign and I think it was originally located on the Rixey school east of Las Animas Co. The person I got it from was pretty sure that is where it was located. I will never sell it. It is in excellent condition and it is well taken care of.

  54. Las Vegas, New Mexico;
    Las Vegas City Museum
    Hello, Larry and Carolyn
         Yes, we have an oval, commemorative Santa Fe Trail sign. It is white and black on metal, designed by Irvin Shope, 1948. It came to our Museum with the McGrath Collection. That is all the information we have on this particular sign. Currently, it is on display as part of our Santa Fe Trail exhibit. I will get it photographed and send you an image within the next couple of weeks.
         Sincerely yours, Pat
         Museum Assistant
         Las Vegas City Museum & Rough Riders Memorial Collection

  55. Longmont, Colorado
    Longmont, Colorado
    Santa Fe Trail Oval Sign from the Sunflower schoolhouse. This sign is in a private collection in Longmont, Colorado.

  56. Little River, Kansas
         That brings us to the story of Ed, a resident of Little River, Kansas. He found one of these oval signs on his property and was immediately interested in learning more. Once he found the history behind these specific markers, he wanted to make sure that the trail stayed in memory by creating reproductions of signs like these.

  57. McPherson, Kansas
    McPherson Kansas
         Steve, bought his Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign at an auction in Lawrence, Kansas.

  58. Montezuma, Kansas;
    The Body Builder - Gas & Oil, Soda, Automobile, Advertising, Gas Pumps, Country Store, Kitchen items, and the list goes on! Oh by the way Lance also has a Santa Fe Trail Oval Sign. Original location unknown.

  59. Nokomis, Illinois;
    Nokomis, Illinois
         Matthews Auctions, LLC, {Sold} an oval sign at auction on November 29, 2011, Unable to find out new owner!

  60. Nokomis, Illinois;
    Nokomis, Illinois
         Matthews Auctions, LLC, {
    Sold} an oval sign at auction in 2012, New owner Ray & Mary.

  61. Offerle, Kansas;
         The Burkhart family has a Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign in their family collection.

  62. Olathe, Kansas;
         Has a Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign at the Mahaffie House.

  63. Olathe, Kansas;
         This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is on a post on Santa Fe Road, old US 56 northeast of Olathe.

  64. Olathe, Kansas;
         This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is at the School of the Deaf building in Olathe.

  65. Ontario, Canada;
    Canada
         Thanks to you guys I bought the Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign on E-bay, it is porcelain, it has a couple of chips nothing serious though. I asked the seller for some history on it, I would like to register it with you for the website for interested people to see. I bought it from a dealer in Pomona, California. I'm happy to have a piece of early USA history. . . .and I love early porcelain signs and tin ones too. . . .but I do want original only.
         Thanks for helping me aquire this piece.
         Wes

  66. Ontario, Canada;
    Ontario, Canada
         Wes, sold one through his company, Ridgewood Gasolene and Advertising Collectibles.

  67. Overland Park, Kansas;
    Overland Park, Kansas

         2013 - Mounted at Deanna Rose Children' Farm Overland Park, Kansas. I'll try to call the Farm for more info...
    www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and.../deanna-rose-childrens-farmstead/ Stephan

  68. Palm Desert, California;
    Palm Desert California
         Hi . . . . I saw the oval sign listed on E-bay, and linked to your site, there. I bought one of these about Sept. 2002 on E-bay from a lady in Albuqurque, New Mexico. She's had it in her pantry for over 20 years. She bought it at an estate sale in Albuquerque, around that time. She did not know where it originally came from. Mine has a light coat of rust under the porcelain, and several chips, but I love it!! Thought you would like to know.
         Walter
         Palm Desert, California.

  69. Parker, Colorado;
    Parker, Colorado   Parker, Colorado
    For Sale on Ebay 6-6-16, unknown if it sold!
         Rare amazing Santa Fe Trail route sign, covered wagon, Highway pioneer, shipped from Parker, Colorado. The sign measures 16 by 24 and is made of porcelain coated metal.

  70. Pawnee Rock, Kansas;
    Pawnee Rock Kansas
         Gary from Pawnee Rock, Kansas writes: bought this Santa Fe Trail sign 7-7-7 at an estate sale in Ellinwood, Kansas. Gary had worked on this persons house about 15 years ago when he showed him the sign. He lived where the Santa Fe Trail went through Ellinwood. William and a friend were out walking one day and saw something sticking out to the ground. With a little digging they uncovered the Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign. It was by a pole it used to hang on in Ellinwood. The sign measures 24 x 15 inches, which almost stretches across a Pawnee Rock sidewalk. He said the porcelain sign is in almost mint condition.
         This sign was placed on E-bay and {Sold} Robert of Santa Fe, New Mexico; bought this sign off of E-bay.
         Gary

  71. Pomona, California;
    Pomona California
         This sign came up for sale on E-bay and was sold to Wes {note} in Canada. {This sign looks to be the same one that we have listed in Santa Barbara, California.} {note}

  72. Salina, Kansas;
         A gentleman by the name of Doug, in Salina owns a Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign. Where it came from is unknown.

  73. Salina, Kansas;
         A gentleman by the name of Doug, in Salina owns a second Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign. Where it came from is unknown.

  74. San Antonio, Texas;
    San Antonio, Texas
         A gentleman by the name of Kris, in San Antonio owns one of these Santa Fe Trail Oval signs. Kris said in an email that: It is in absolute mint condition! It was cool to see all of those on your sight. I'm from Great Bend, Kansas. Kris states that his sign came from Washington School in Great Bend, Kansas. His dad, Norman, was the maintenance man there during the late 70's. Part of the school was torn down, and some new built. Dad found it in some stuff that would've been thrown away and saved it.

  75. Santa Barbara, California;
    Santa Barbara, California
         David writes: Hello, Just purchased from a private collection in Santa Barbara, California an oval porcelain Santa Fe Trail sign signed by the artist Irvin Shope. Super shape with just a little porcelain loss around the top grommet holes. It now resides in my collection of Western Americana.

  76. San Diego, California;
    Santa Diego, California
    Bill wrote:
         I have one of these signs and received it as partial payment for installing carpet in a home in San Diego (1986). The owners never said where they got it. I liked it's look and agreed to the deal. 6 hole with a little rust on each grommet, other then that very good shape. I had no idea at the time of its historical meaning.
         Bill

  77. Santa Fe, New Mexico;
         This one is located at the home of Richard on Old Santa Fe Trail, in Santa Fe, "it was purchased for my wife and me as a gift by my sister-in-law in Chicago, Illinois several years ago, Original location unknown!

  78. Santa Fe, New Mexico;
    Santa Fe New Mexico
         Robert bought this sign off of E-bay from a seller in Pawnee Rock, Kansas. A couple of gentlemen were out walking one day and saw something sticking out to the ground. With a little digging they uncovered this Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign. It was by a pole it used to hang on in Ellinwood, Kansas.
    Email from Robert - Monday, February 22, 2010
         This sign originally from Ellinwood, Kansas is part of a collection located on property with an archaeological easement which protects the original alignment of the Santa Fe Trail on the east side of Santa Fe, New Mexico - the End of the Trail.

  79. Shawnee, Kansas;
    Courtesy of the Johnson County Museum
         Johnson County Museum System has one that was originally located at the Lanesfield School in Edgerton, Kansas.
         The sign itself is no longer posted on a tree in front of Lanesfield school. As you can see from the photograph, it has some corrosion from normal outdoor exposure. To preserve it for future generations, it is now located within the Visitor's Center for our Lanesfield School Historic Site. Thank you for your interest in our collection at the Johnson County Museums!
         Photo Courtesy of the Johnson County Museum {www.jocomuseum.org/}

  80. Stonewall, Colorado;
    The Legends Cafe - Stonewall Colorado
         Robert writes: I am the owner of The Wall of Legends Guest Ranch in Stonewall, Colorado. When my wife Gaylene and I purchased the ranch this sign was on the outside wall of a workshop. It is now displayed in my mothers restaurant which is called The Legends Cafe. I was told that one of our cabins (which was built in 1900) was one of the first preschools in Southern Colorado. This is how I think it ended up here. Thank you for all your hard work and we look forward to being on your website. {
    Sold}

  81. St. John, Kansas by way of Hopatoong, New Jersey;
    St. John, Kansas
         A lady named "Sue" believes this Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign was found in the basement of a house bought about 20 years ago. It remained there until about five years ago, when the house was sold, and during the clean out of the house the owner was going to throw it away. Another friend kept the thing in a junk pile in her garage for about another year, and she to threatened to throw it away. The sign has been hanging in the kitchen of a lady named "Sue" ever since. Sue states that she loves it, because of the character it has. The sign is in good shape except for ten marks that appear to be from bullets, none of them go through the sign. Sue explained that Hopatoong was a "large summer resort in the early nineteen hundreds through the mid fifties. Many rich and famous people owned houses and vacationed here during the summer months. It is located on the largest lake in New Jersey about 30 miles west of New York. Enjoy your sign "Sue"!!
         The Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign from Hopatoong, New Jersey was later put up for bid and is now near the Santa Fe Trail.
         {This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is in the private collection of the Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  82. St. John, Kansas by way of Deming, New Mexico;
    St. John, Kansas
    Email Recieved:
    Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign
    July 21, 2008

    Mr, Mix:
         I wrote you a couple years ago and informed you that my dad found one of these signs near Deming New Mexico. They are very elderly and would like to sell this sign, and they could sure use the funds. I thought you might know of somebody who would enjoy this and would be interested in buying it.
         Rosie
         {This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is in the private collection of the Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  83. St. John, Kansas by way of Lampsas, Texas;
    St. John, Kansas
    Email Recieved:
    Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign
    May 13, 2010

    Larry & Carolyn,
         The Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign was found at an antique market here in Lampsas, Texas. We have a lot of military people living here [Fort Hood is nearby] so no telling how the sign ended up here.
         Thanks, Alan
         {This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is in the private collection of the Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  84. St. John, Kansas by way of Hugoton, Kansas;
    St. John, Kansas
         Ed bought this one from a private party in La Junta, Colorado. They said it came off of a school around La Junta, Colorado but didn't know which one.
    Email from a Bruce
         My mother, Alma, lives in La Junta, Colorado and I am currently here visiting from Virginia. Last October my father passed away and we are going through the house now getting ready to move my mom out. We found one of the Oval Santa Fe Trail Signs that my dad had collected. We had Don, museum curator for the Otero Museum here in town, over to look at it and he filled us in on what he knows about them. I found your website and enjoyed reading about the history of the signs. It is in very good shape with just a little rust around one of the screw holes. Don thinks it probably came from the Lincoln Elementary School here in La Junta.
         {This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is in the private collection of the Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  85. St. John, Kansas by way of Hugoton, Kansas;
    St. John, Kansas
         On January 31, 2006, this sign was put up for bid on E-bay. Michele the seller writes;
         Hello: I listed this item for a friend of mine. He told me that it came from Lecompton, Kansas. It was found in the basement of an old building. Hope that helps! Location of the school is unknown.
         Ed won the bid for this sign, it is now in his collection in Kansas on the Santa Fe Trail.
         {This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is in the private collection of the Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  86. St. John, Kansas by way of Hugoton, Kansas;
    Ulysses, Kansas
         This sign was first bought from a Liberal, Kansas antique dealer in 1995. The dealer said it came from a private museum in New Mexico. The couple was retiring and selling everything they had collected over the years. This sign also is a rare 4 hole bolt pattern, top bottom left and right. Original school location unknown.
         {This Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign is in the private collection of the Santa Fe Trail Research Site!}

  87. Syracuse, Kansas;
         The Hamilton County Historical Society has a Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign in there Museum, it's been at that location since the early 1970's, original location is unknown.

  88. Topeka, Kansas;
    Topeka, Kansas
         Thanks for the information! I did get the Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign. This sign is the one on your list in Stonewall, Colorado. If you would like to replace the picture and add that the sign now resides in Topeka, Kansas that would be great. I am very proud to have this one and I've put it in the "keep until I die" portion of my collection! Do you happen to have any photos of any of these signs hanging in their original locations? I would like to frame a photo and place it next to my signs for a little added history.

  89. Trinidad, Colorado
         There is a Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign located in an Antique shop.

  90. Trinidad, Colorado;
    Trinidad Colorado
         This Oval Santa Fe Trail sign hangs above a door in the Santa Fe Trail Museum.

  91. Tryon, North Carolina
    Tryon, North Carolina
         Petro Joe, Joey, sold an Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign on E-bay, the new owner and original location is unknown.

  92. Ute Park, New Mexico;
         Cimarroncita Ranch, this oval sign is hanging inside one of the ranch buildings and is in good shape. It seems to have had no school connection, but rather a gift.

  93. Watrous, New Mexico;
         Brian, of the Doolittle Ranch reports that one of the Oval Santa Fe Trail Signs is at the ranch, Original location unknown!

  94. Wilmington School;
    Wilmington School
         Aaron A., confirms with a photo that there was a Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign on the stone schoolhouse. But the old school house no longer bears the oval sign, only a oval mark remains on the door in an old photo. Local citizens were not able to say where it had disappeared to.

  95. Wilsey, Kansas;
    Wilsey Kansas    Wilsey Kansas    Wilsey Kansas
         Wilsey School, still bears its Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign. Loren Otis was a student there in 1948 and attended the dedication of the marker. The building is currently used as a grade school.
    Rick writes, June 08, 2005:
         I was out in Kansas the last few days and stopped at a few sites. The ceramic Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign at the Wilsey school is no longer there. Fortunately someone moved it before it could be stolen. The frame looked like it was ready to fall apart. There is a note in the frame, mounted to the right of the entrance, which says,
         "This sign has been moved to a more secure location"
    Steve writes, July 05, 2005:
         The Wilsey Kansas sign was moved inside the building and placed in the main trophy case in the front hall of the building about 20 feet from it's original location on the outside of the building. The building is now owned by the Calvary Lutheran Chapel.
         Hope this helps.
         USD 417
    Janene writes on December 03, 2005
         The Oval Santa Fe Trail Sign in Wilsey, KS, is inside the case of the old elementary building that has been purchased by Calvary Chapel Bible School. The marker is available for public viewing. My father, the Pastor, is committed to the preservation of the history of Wilsey, Kansas. Thank you for your website and all the investigative work you've done.
         Janene

  96. Woodinville, Washington
    Wooodinville, Washington
    Hi,
         Found your web site through a friend. Just wanted to let you know that I own one of the 1948 Trail marker signs. I purchased it at an Advertising Show in Des Moines Iowa, about 5 years ago. I have no idea where it came from, and the seller wasn't very knowledgeable about the origin of the sign, only that it came from a school along the Trail. Unfortunately I don't know the guy who had the sign.
         Win M.

     If anyone knows the location of one of these signs, please send information to this email address. Be sure to note if it is still in its original location or if it has been moved, if it has been moved try to determine where it was original placed, we would also like to have a photo of the sign. -- {santafetrail@santafetrailresearch.com}
The Santa Fe Trail Research Site would like to "Thank" all the people who helped with the research in this little project by send us the information on their sign!!




Morris County Schools
They Were There At One Time?

     Council Grove High School, no one could remember seeing the sign even though the building is still in use.

     Fairview 19 School, only the foundation remains of Fairview 19. An auction had listed an oval sign to be sold, but it disappeared before the sale.

     Garfield School, had burned, its oval sign gone with it, a new school has been built in its place.

     Morning Star School, was still in its original place, but it had become a private home. No Oval Sign was found.

     Rosedale School, was moved to Burdick and used as the home economic room for a while. Some folks remembered the sign and even discussion that it should be removed and placed in safekeeping. Nothing was done, however, and the sign has disappeared. The school house was also used for a time as a place of business and ended up on a farm near Burdick.

     Sunflower School, People remembered the sign at this school, but no one knew where it had gone. The location of the school now consistes of a set of steps in a lonely pasture.

     Upper Big John School, was gone, a private home now occupies the site. Folks there remembered an oval sign, but none was located.

     Uniondale School, A number of people, including the caretaker, believed the oval sign was still on the school. It could not be found.

     Washington School, had been torn down, but some people remembered having seen the marker. However no one knew its current location

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