Alcove Springs and The Oregon Trail
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 41.367 W 096° 38.186
14S E 702675 N 4395960
Details about the Trail in this area and the gold seekers who passed this way.
Waymark Code: WM37BR
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 02/22/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 62

County of marker: Marshall
Marker Erected by: Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission.
Marker Location: Jct. KS-9 & US-77, roadside park, 1 mile N. of Blue Rapid.
Marker Text:

Six miles northwest is Alcove Springs, named in 1846 by appreciative travelers on the Oregon Trail who carved the name on the surrounding rocks and trees. One described the Springs as "a beautiful cascade of water . . . altogether one of the most romantic spots I ever saw."

This county was well known to early-day traders and "mountain men" as well as to later travelers to the Far West. John C. Fremont and his 1842 exploring expedition bivouacked at the Springs and Marcus Whitman, with a thousand emigrants to Oregon, stopped there in 1843. Utah-bound Mormons and California-bound goldseekers followed, for only a short distance above was Independence Crossing, the famous ford across the Big Blue River. The Donner party, most of who later froze or starved in the Sierras, buried its first member, Sarah Keyes, near the Springs in 1846.

The great Tuttle Creek Reservoir at full pool level extends along the Big Blue from Independence Crossing southward nearly to Manhattan.

Marker Name: Alcove Springs and The Oregon Trail

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
See Above.

Marker Location: Marshall

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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