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The Jones & Plummer Trail

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The first trail through the area was made by the Jones & Plummer Cattle Co., bringing their cattle from the Texas Panhandle on the...

The Dalton Gang Hideout & Museum

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A modest house and barn on a cottonwood shaded hill are home to an Old West legend. Notorious for robbing trains and banks, the...

Bluff Station

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Bluff station was southeast of Indian Mound, on the east side of a sand creek which circles north and east of the Mound and...

Aubey Route

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The Aubrey Route, which left the Santa Fe Trail on the Arkansas River at Chouteau's Island and Indian Mound, west of Lakin, crossed Kearny...

Bear Creek Pass

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This pass is one of the most interesting histories in the state of Kansas. Kearny County was fortunate in the creation of the sandhills,...

Chouteau’s Island

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Chouteau's Island was the largest island of timber on the Arkansas River in this area. In the spring of 1816, Auguste Pierre Chouteau was...

Conestoga Wagon

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The Conestoga Wagons were used primarily to haul freight on the Santa Fe Trail and other freight trails. They could handle two tons of...

Charlie’s Ruts

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About four miles east of Lakin on highway 50 is a very good view of wagon ruts. Five sets of Santa Fe Trail ruts...

Historical Sites

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Wild Horse Corral - In early days, wild horses were grazing on the prairie and often times driven into this native stone cave and...

Wagon Bed Springs

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Wagon Bed Springs, sometimes called Lower Cimarron Springs, on the Cimarron River in Southwest Kansas afforded the first water during the dry season on...