Site A-2 - Interpretive Marker Text

Sibley Campsite Cliffs of Soft Rocks Marker Larned, Kansas

BRANCH: Survey Route
DESIGNATION: August 31, 1825 Campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team
LOCATION: From the Site A-1 Marker, left 1.5 miles, and left 2.7 miles to K156/U.S. 56. Turn right 1.9 miles to Trail Street at the east of edge of Larned, Kansas and left 1.2 miles to 4th Street and Broadway. Turn left and then right on Trail Street, (U.S. 56) .2 mile and right again .2 mile on West 2nd Street to the marker on the right.
GPS AT MARKER: N38 10.525 -- W99 06.257
TOPOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCE: "Cliffs of Soft Rock" described by Sibley.
USGS AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS: Sibley's Campsite - Cliffs of Soft Rock
MODERN DAY MAP: Santa Fe Trail Map Pawnee County, Kansas
TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Topographic Map
HISTORIC DESCRIPTION: Campsite - Santa Fe Trail Survey Team - August 31, 1825
DISTANCE: From the August 30, 1825 Campsite of the Santa Fe Trail Survey Team (Site A-1), 6 miles and 60 chains.

Wednesday 31st August.
...At half past 10 we reached the Pawnee fork, and camped on the bank, a little below the fording place, at Some large Elm Trees, having measured from the last camp 6 M[ile]s & 56 Ch[ain]s...
Thursday 1t September.
The morning cloudy and cool. Mercury 68 at 8 o'clock. The Pawnee River is here about 40 yards wide, banks pretty high, bottom sandy, Water at present Muddy. Timber Elm, Ash, Cotton Tree, Willow, and Grape Vines. Yesterday I turned off from the direct course and struck the Arkansas at the mouth of this River, and then coursed it up about a Mile to the fording place near which we are now encamped, which is just at the foot of a high rocky Hill. The path leading up from the mouth to the ford passes between the Pawnee and some Cliffs of Soft Rock, upon the smooth faces of which are cut the names of many Persons, who have at different times passed this way to and from New Mexico. Some Indian Marks are also to be seen on this Rocks.

Gregg, 72-73.

COMMENTS: The crossing of Pawnee Fork used by the Survey Team was upstream from the campsite, not the crossing indicated in (Site C-2). This site is now being developed as an historic park.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: East half of Block 36, original townsite of City of Larned, Pawnee County, Kansas.

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Township 21 South of Range 16 West, Pawnee County, Kansas Township 21 South of Range 16 West, Pawnee County, Kansas

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Adapted from the 1872 Campaign Map of Kansas
prepared by 1st Lt. E. H. Ruffner.

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