Chisholm Trail & Wheat Country
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N 37° 22.000 W 097° 19.349
14S E 648544 N 4136869
This sign explains the history of Kansas around Sumner county.
Waymark Code: WM19XC
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 03/09/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Located at a rest stop on I-35, this sign explains much of the general history in this portion of Kansas.
Marker Name: Chisholm Trail & Wheat Country

Marker Type: Rest Area

Marker text:
Chisholm Trail & Wheat Country This portion of the plains ~ ~ Indian country until about 1870 ~ ~ is a center of Kansas agriculture and industry. Over the Chisholm trail, which ran a few miles west and roughly parallel to this Turnpike from the Oklahoma line to Wichita, a million head of Texas cattle were herded to Kansas railheads from 1867 to 1876. Caldwell, 37 miles southwest, rivaled Dodge City in cattle shipments and gun fights after the railroad reached there in 1880. Oklahoma “Boomers” camped in and around Wellington just before central Oklahoma was opened for white settlement in 1889. Again in 1893 when the Cherokee Outlet was opened, thousands waited near Arkansas City, South Haven, Hunnewell, and Caldwell for the shot that sent them spilling into the promised land. Wellington is the seat of Sumner county, normally the banner wheat producer of Kansas. Winfield, 28 miles southeast, is a gateway to the great Bluestem pastures. North is Wichita ~ ~ Kansas’ largest city and “air capital of the world.” Erected by the Kansas Historical Society and Kansas Turnpike Authority

Marker Location: Sumner

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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