"The Black Pool on the Wet Route"
There has been growing interest in a spring adjacent to The Wet Route of the Santa Fe Trail in Ford County, Kansas. The spring, known in local lore as Black Pool, is situated north and east of the town of Ford, Kansas, about three and a quarter miles west of the point where the Arkansas River makes an abrupt turn to the northeast. The popular name is logical because the water in the pool basin appears to be black even though it is clear. Close by the spring is an outcropping of sandstone on which is carved the following inscription:
"Black Pool Dis by E. Post 1843" underneath which appear the initials "EEP."
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