The Fall meeting of the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter will be conducted September 11, 1994 at the Old Depot in Pawnee Rock, Kansas. Following the business session the program will be Bill Ellington , Historian for the City of Wichita. His topic will be William Mathewson, the original Buffalo Bill. Ellington is a knowledgeable researcher and knows how to tell a good story. Don't miss this one.
Carolyn Kistner, Wichita, Ks -- Jon Heit, California -- Chuck Frankenfeld, Larned, Ks.
3rd Annual Wet/Dry Routes Chapter Tour
This year's tour will be the Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road. The bus will leave the Harvest Inn in Larned. Lunch will be served at Alexander. The return trip to Larned should be completed by 5:30
The Wet/Dry Routes chapter met June 12th at the Santa Fe Trail Center in Larned, Kansas. Reports were given with regard to; the Chuckwagon lunch served by the Chapter at the Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous with commendation extended to Rusti Gardner for her leadership in the project and, the Henry Booth project. July 4th was selected as the date for dedicating the Booth markers. The program conducted by David Clapsaddle related to slides of the Booth project followed by a tour of the nine historic sites associated with Henry Booth as marked by the Chapter.
Booth Marker Dedication
Members of the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter and local Larned citizens met July 4, 1994 to dedicate nine markers places at locations in the Larned area associated with Henry Booth, the principal founder of both Pawnee County and the City of Larned. Booth's connection with the Santa Fe Trail predated his 1869 appointment as the Fort Larned Post Trader. In 1864, he served as Captain of Co. L., 11th Kansas Cavalry and Inspector General of the District of the Upper Arkansas. In fulfilling duties related to that office he visited Forts Zarah and Larned; and following the Sand Creek incident, he made an inspection tour of that site located some forty miles north of Fort Lyon.
The dedication services were conducted in the Saints Mary and Martha Of Bethany Episcopal Church, a congregation organized in 1884 with Booth as Senior Warden.
Louis Van Meter, Vice President of the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter served as emcee for the services with Father Richard Hicks leading the attendee's in a brief worship service to commemorate the contributions made by Captain Booth. David Clapsaddle, Program Director for the Wet/Dry route Chapter delivered the dedicatory address.
Following, a tour of the nine locations was conducted during which time Mildon Yeager was recognized for his many hours of hard work in bringing the project to fruition.
Markers Removed for Highway Construction
Because of the upcoming highway construction on K-154, Steve Wetzel, David Clapsaddle, and new chapter member Chuck Frandenfeld removed the three Wet/Dry Routes markers east of the Kansas Soldiers Home on July 28. The markers will be replaced following the completion of the road work. As a favor to the Daughter's of the American Revolution, the DAR marker, one mile east of the Soldiers Home was also removed.
Another Eagle Service Project
The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter is proud and pleased to announce the completion of another Eagle Scout Service Award project. Travis Wenstrom, Troop 239, Kinsley Kansas, incorporation with the Kansas State University faculty, has produced a computerized map of the five routes of the Santa Fe Trails in Pawnee, Edwards, And Ford Counties, in Kansas. The map will be on display at the Edwards County Historical Museum in Kinsley, Kansas Travis is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Richard Wenstrom. Serving as project advisors was Sally Heit and David Clapsaddle.
Preserving the Ruts
A few months previously, the Chapter received an inquiry from former Kinsley citizen Jon Heit concerning the ruts in the Hillside Cemetery, rural Kinsley, Kansas. Subsequently, Program Director David Clapsaddle met with members of the cemetery board to discuss the preservation of the ruts.
Following is a copy of the board's replay:
Dear Mr. Clapsaddle:
The north Edwards County Cemetery District Board would like to extend their THANKS and appreciation to you for taking the time to visit with the Board about the part of the Santa Fe Trail that goes through the Hillside Cemetery.
The Cemetery Board has not come to a decision yet as to the preservation of the trail. We as a board have decided for now to try not to sell the lots that are in the direct trail. We can not do anything about the lots already sold if there are any.
If you have any more questions please give us a call.
A special thanks goes to the cemetery board for their interest in preserving the ruts.
A postscript, Mr. Heit is the newest member of the Chapter.
Recently received this following letter:
Dear Wet/Dry Routes Chapter:
Please accept my donation in memory of my aunt, Della (Nelson) Davis, who died on July 4th of this year. Della lived in Houston, Texas, at the time of her death and lived a great long life, being 96 years old when she died.
Perhaps you might recall that in the latter part of last year I made a like donation for my aunt and uncle, Ethel and Conrad Nelson. Della was my deceased father's sister and Conrad was his brother. All of them were natives of Garfield, Kansas, and lived along the Santa Fe Trail. Of course the property my two brothers and I own has a marker from the Santa Fe Trail, and we continue to be very proud to be a part of the Trail. The "home place" where Conrad, Della and my father, Aaron lived (along with their sisters, Amy who has been deceased quite awhile, and Florence, who is 94 years old and living in Kansas City, Missouri) is a few miles west of our property on Highway 56. Thought you might enjoy a moment of history!
In my neglectful way, I have misplaced the newsletter you so kindly had sent to me (I believe it was the last issue of 1993 or the first issue of 1994), and if at all possible I would appreciate receiving another copy of that along with the information about becoming a member. Thank you, and this time I will make certain to keep track of the information.
Barbara J. Nelson
The Chapter thanks Barbara for this thoughtful donation, and a copy of this quarter's "Traces" is on the way.
Another Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road Marker
On August 8, 1994, the eighteenth marker was placed on the Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road. The marker identifies ruts on the Paul Miller farm southwest of Hanston, Kansas. Also, on this date, the marker at the Buckner Creek Crossing was replaced, the original stone being severely damaged by the weather since its installation. This was one of the stone posts newly cut from a quarry near Munger, Kansas which gave been or will be replaced. Supplying the manpower were Larry Mix, Bob Rein, Mildon Yeager and David Clapsaddle.
Traveling Displays Find a Home
The traveling display which exhibits the five routes of the Santa Fe Trail between present day Larned and Dodge City,Kansas has found a permanent home along with the display of artifacts which traces the evolution of freighting on the trail. Thanks to the Edwards County Historical Society, both displays may be viewed by the public at the Edwards County Museum in Kinsley, Kansas, (on west edge of Kinsley on highway US 56 next to the train and sod house). The displays may be temporarily removed for showings at other locations. The society conducted as open house on June 14 which featured the displays. The Chapter wishes to thank the officers and members of the society for their help in this project.
Self Guided Auto Tour Received Wide Publicity
Thanks to coverage provided by Wagon Tracks and the Folio, the Wet/Dry Routes in Pawnee, Edwards, and Ford Counties, Kansas has drawn nationwide attention. Requests for the booklet have been received from far distant cities in the following states;
Marion Russell Adapted by ginger Wadswroth, Illustrated by James Watling,
This book is a wonderful adaptation of Marion Russell's book "Land of Enchantment" designed for younger readers. It will appeal to all ages, but children will enjoy reading a book about the Santa Fe Trail, that includes them. Different from other books on the Santa Fe Trail this book points out that women and children did indeed travel the trail and tells what trail travel was like for them.
The story starts with Marion's first trip on the Santa Fe Trail in 1852 when she was seven years old. Enough is told about the trip to keep children interested, and the story keeps moving along so they don't get bored. From a description of what it was like to be caught in a rainstorm to telling the appropriate way to collect buffalo chips without picking up the unwanted critters that lived beneath them, children will enjoy this book as well as adults. An added benefit are the colorful illustrations done by James Watling as well as a map of the Santa Fe Trail that can be quickly turned to for reference when reading about a specific place Reading level for this book is about fourth grade with a little help on difficult or new words. But all ages will enjoy this delightful story.
Eating up the Santa Fe Trail
By Sam P. Arnold, University Press of Colorado, (1990)
For those like myself who enjoy eating food, this is a unique Santa Fe Trail Book. The book is a blend of history along with recipes from various trail traders, trappers, Indian tribes, Mexicans, and soldiers. The accounts are given in their own words then followed with modern recipes so you can try making the food. Often the author has even injected his own thoughts on the best way to prepare the foods. For those with an interest in trying to experience what life was like for the people associated with the Santa Fe Trail, I would suggest you purchase a copy of the book and then have a pot luck "Trail Party" where you have each guest prepare one recipe from the book and bring a place card with it using the information from the book. Throughout the meal as people sample various trail foods from the odd to common, you will increase everyone's appreciation for the trail.
The author Sam Arnold is the owner and chef of the Fort Restaurant in Morrison, Colorado. In 1968, he produced the TV series "Frying Pans West," which aired for 20 years. He also authored a cook book by the same title. Mr. Arnold is probably the West's best known food historian and western chef.
Did You Know?
At least five separate locations on the Santa Fe Trail are called Points of Rocks. Perhaps the best known of these landmarks is the Point of Rocks situated about fifty miles west of Clayton, New Mexico. There in 1849, Apaches attacked a little caravan belonging to the James White family. Ann White and her small daughter were captured. During an ill fated rescue attempt by troops from Fort Union, Mrs. White was killed by her captors. The little girl was never heard from again.
Another Point of Rocks is located some three miles west of Dodge City, Kansas. This formation, nearly destroyed by highway construction in 1981, was the proposed rendezvous site for Texas freebooters who came north to raid Mexican caravans on the Santa Fe Trail in 1843. There Charles Warfield was to meet John McKaniel and his band of Missourians recruited to serve in a paramilitary force, reportedly at the behest of the Republic of Texas.
A third Point of Rocks is found three miles west of Pierceville, Kansas. Near this location in 1867, Sister Mary Alphonsa Thompson died enroute to Santa Fe accompanied by four other nuns and Bishop Jean Lamy.
The fourth Point of Rocks is near Middle Spring eleven miles north of Elkhart, Kansas. Undoubtedly this promontory was a landmark for the wagoneers. However, no trail period literature speaks to its presence.
The fifth Point of Rocks is near Bent's Old Fort where the Cheyenne/Arapaho Agency was established in 1864.
Dues are always Due to the
Fastest Hand in the West
Chapter dues in the amount of $10.00 per family, are due at the Winter meeting or may be mailed to Alice Clapsaddle, 215 Mann, Larned, Kansas, 67550. Checks should be made out to the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter. Dues and email addresses are welcome.
"Printable Dues Form"
Santa Fe Trail Research Site
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Larry & Carolyn
St. John, Ks.