"Traveling Displays"
Wet/Dry Routes Chapter

"The Eagle Scouts of Edwards County, Kansas"

    The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter has several displays that were made to explain the many things the Chapter has done along the Santa Fe Trail Trail.

     One of the exhibits features the accomplishment's of seven Boy Scouts from Edwards County. The scouts' work also helped earn them the prestigious Eagle Scout Award.

     The scouts honored are: Darick Barnes, Aaron Cross, Josh Woolard, Scott Davis, Matt Waldren, all from Scout Troop 238 of Lewis; and Bart Wenstrom and Travis Wenstrom, from Scout Troop 239 of Kinsley.

     Waldren's project was making a directory of the 58 markers placed on the five separate routes of the Santa Fe Trail in Pawnee, Edwards and Ford County along The Wet/Dry Routes.

     Woolard installed nine markers, marking the Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road.

     Barnes painted the inscriptions of Daughters of the American Revolution on the Granite Santa Fe Trail markers in Pawnee, Edwards and Ford counties.

     Cross' project was the construction of a concrete base for Daughters of the American Revolution on Santa Fe Trail markers located in Ford County.

     The installation of a roadside sign at Duncan's Crossing, and one on a major landmark on the Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road was the project that Davis completed.

     Bart Wenstrom's project was the removal of tons of debris from a large trail rut Northwest Kinsley, Kansas.

     Travis Wenstrom produced a map depicting the five separate routes of the Santa Fe Trail in Pawnee, Edwards and Ford Counties. The map is on display at the Edwards County Historical Museum in Kinsley, Kansas.

     The scout's project work took place from 1992-94.

Sibley's Campsite Exhibit
    Another bit of history is put into an exhibit by the Chapter. It went on a tour of the Santa Fe Trail Symposium in Boise City, Oklahoma in the fall of 1997.

     The folding exhibit was not designed specifically for the symposium, however. It is part of the continuing effort by this group of local historians to educate the public about the important cliff face on Second Street in Larned, Kansas and historical events that happen along the Santa Fe Trail.

     This site figures into Larned history throughout the settlement period and earlier. In fact the cliff face was important long before there was a Larned, or a Fort Larned.

     After the Santa Fe Trail opened in 1821, traffic picked up and the government decided a survey of the trail was important.

     That was undertaken in 1825, lead by George C. Sibley. Two presidents authorized the effort, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams, giving Larned an American history association earlier than much of Kansas.

     August 31, 1825 the survey team camped at the "cliffs of soft rock" placing it in Sibley's diary and into history.

     Later the site was a quarry for local building materials and much of the original rock vanished. Then, earlier this century, Leslie and Wesley Cobb bought the site and constructed homes at the top and bottom of the cliff.

     The small portable display touches on all of that history.

Markers Along the Santa Fe Trail
    A traveling exhibit consisting of pictures of each of the first 55 markers and information about the location and special historic significance of each marker. The display was created so that additional information and sites could be added. "We planned for that to happen though" The exhibit, which is color coded to better explain the five routes of the trail, will travel around the area and beyond to spread the word about what we have done to the mark the "Santa Fe Trail"

     The wood structure was created from oak by Bob Rein and Mildon Yeager; the graphics and photography was done by Carl Immenschuh; and assembly was done by Alice Clapsaddle and her daughter Jennifer Duncan.

Transportation Traveling Display
    The traveling display to be used by the Chapter to interpret the Santa Fe Trail will be an exhibit at the winter meeting in Kinsley, January 30, 1994. The display which traces the evolution of transportation on the Santa Fe Trail will feature commentary and artifacts related to the various beasts of burden used to transport trade goods to and from New Mexico. Included in the display are a pack saddle, harness hames, a stay chain, ox shoes, an American ox yoke, a Mexican ox yoke, and an ox chain. This display is available for showing in any community throughout West Central Kansas. At this writing, the display has been on exhibit in Larned and is scheduled for viewing at St. John and Stafford, Kansas prior to the January 30 Kinsley meeting. Larry & Carolyn Mix, Chapter member's from St. John, Kansas has volunteered to transport the display from place to place. While transporting the displays to central Kansas locations they traveled 2287 miles. Interested parties may contact any Chapter officer. The original traveling display which portrays the fifty nine markers set along the five separate counties of the Trail between Larned and Dodge City.

Henry Booth and A. H. Boyd Traveling Exhibit
    First the Wet/Dry Route Chapter of the National Santa Fe Trail marked important sites in Larned that deal with city founder Henry Booth. Then it produced a book that tells his story and provides a self-guided tour. Now the Chapter has made it even easier for people to learn about Booth with an exhibit that can travel through the area.

     Set up in oak-framed panels, the exhibit tells the story of Henry Booth on one side. On the other is the story of another important Pawnee County early citizen, A. H. Boyd, the founder to the Boyd Ranch.

     Booth's relationship with this area began in 1864 when he was inspector general for the District of the Upper Arkansas. After the Civil War, Booth moved back to Manhattan and was elected to the Kansas House in 1867. Then, in 1869, Booth was the post trader at Fort Larned. He was to also be postmaster, a founding member of the Fort Larned Town Company, and the owner of the first building in Larned, Kansas.

     Included in the exhibit are copies of rare photos of the early history of the community. "These were provided by the Santa Fe Trail Center and Fort Larned National Historic Site" David Clapsaddle said, adding that the originals were reproduced by Great Bend Photographer Clay Ward.

     The oak framing for the exhibit was constructed by Mildon Yeager and Bob Rein.

     The exhibit follows the Booth book and shows the important sites in Larned that deal with Booth, including his office building, home and church, all of which are still standing.




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