In late September 1806, Zebulon Pike and his group came to a large Pawnee Indian village just over the north-central Kansas state line. More than 300 Pawnee warriors greeted Pike, charging and circling him.
Pike spotted a Spanish flag flying over the village and demanded that it be taken down and the U.S. flag raised in its place.
It was the first time an American flag was flown west of the Mississippi. Historians believe that site was near Guide Roc, Neb.
Heading south from that point, Pike came to Cheyenne Bottoms, which he described as nearly covered with ponds.
He recorded being overwhelmed, at times.
“17th October, Friday _ Rose early, determining to search the creek to its source. Very hard rain, accompanied by a cold northeast all day . . . Our sensations now become excruciating . . .”
Pike and his expedition would eventually cross the Neosho and Verdigris Rivers, camp on the Cottonwood River and move on to the Smoky Hill, Saline and Solomon rivers.
Question: How would Pike describe parts of western Kansas in his journal?
Answer to Wednesday’s question: Topeka hosts and annual art fair at the Aaron Douglas Art Park on the southwest corner 12th and Lane in the Tennessee Town neighborhood.
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