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Junction of the Santa Fe and Oregon Trail

     On US 56 about two miles west of Gardner, Kansas is a small roadside park. In this park is a Kansas Historical Marker telling the story of the Junction of the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon Trail as they split and go their seperate ways. At the junction, the Orgeon Trail went to the northwest and the Santa Fe Trail went west to the town of Lanesfield, Kansas.

Frederick A. Wislizenus, 1846
     This morning we passed the road to Oregon, that leaves, about eight miles from Round Grove, the Santa Fe Road, and turns to the right towards the Kansas [river]. A way post had been put there, marked: “Road to Oregon”…

Junction of the Santa Fe and Oregon Trail




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