"Fort Zarah, Kansas"
USGS Aerial Photograph

Fort Zarah Barton County Kansas

     Fort Zarah, area Barton County, Kansas. In this photo you can see the area just a little better. The Santa Fe Trail ran between the farm and the Walnut Creek. Straight across from the farm on the creek is said to be the location of the Walnut Creek Crossing. On the west side of the tip of trees across the field to the west of the farm, dugout have also been dug up. Fort Zarah sat to the west and a little north of the farm yard in the open field. The block house sat straight south of the yard on the creek bank and a little to the west. The Round Tower or Block House as it was called, was dug up in 1973. If you follow the dark finger on the north side of the farm yard to the farm, at this point there is building used as a barn, on the west side of this barn was the location of the Allison/Peacock Trading Ranche. The Trading Ranche was dug up twice, once in 1969 and again in 1983. The trading ranche was a building 20 X 100 feet, running north and south. In the area between the dark finger and the road leading to the farm was the location of the Fort Zarah Cemetery. The cemetery was dug up in 1933. Just to the southeast of the farm is the location of the burial site for a massacre that happened in 1864 one and one half miles east of Fort Zarah. The site was washed out in high water and the bones of 10 people were taken out, eight white and two colored. This dig happened in April of 1973.

Fort Zarah Barton County Kansas




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