Sunrise on the Foster Farm on Ash Creek near Pawnee Rock, one of the
stopping points along the Santa Fe Trail. Members of the Foster family
placed remnants of an old wagon near their farmstead to commemorate the
Lost Springs in Marion County was a major camping spot along the Santa
Fe Tral. The small spring juts from a limestone outcropping and
watercress grow naturally within the springs. By the late 1850s, the
site was a stage station or road ranch.
Ruts along the Santa Fe Trail are still visible nearly two centuries
after the trail first became a commerce route between Missouri and Santa
Fe. The ruts in this photo are in Marion County and are visible in the
photo - along the ridge of prairie, running horizontally across the
It took Kansans more than a century to clearly mark the Chisholm Trail
from the Kansas-Oklahoma border to Abilene, but in 2003, Wichitan Tom
Frazee, led efforts to mark it. The entire length of the trail is now
marked from the Red River, which divides Texas and Oklahoma, to the
trail's end in Kansas.