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Pawnee Rock, Kansas


(The following was written by Jamie Jensen (Roadsides@aol.com) for the Kansas section of his Route 50 information in Moon Publications Road Trip USA, and linked here for use with the Interactive Santa Fe Trail. Jamie is planning to add a feature on the SF Trail, with a map of the entire route in the future, which we plan to also link here.)

Pawnee Rock, Kansas


Just eight miles northeast of Larned, a half-mile north of US-56 and the Arkansas River, Pawnee Rock was once one of the most important landmarks on the Santa Fe Trail. However, so much of the original 60 foot-high tower of Dakota sandstone has been quarried--to build houses as well as the roadbed of the Santa Fe railroad--that it's little more than a stubby hump. But you can still get a grand view of the surrounding countryside from the easy trail that leads to the rock's much-diminished summit.