Pawnee Rock History
Pawnee Rock, Kansas was named for an Indian battle between the
Pawnees and Comanches. The landmark was located near Fort Larned
in the buffalo hunting territory of the Pawnees. As a famous
natural fortress on the Santa Fe Trail, it became known as the
Pawnee Rock was an outcrop of Dakota Sandstone on which
travelers carved their names, making it look like a hotel
register. Settlers have used most of the rock for building
material, but what is left of it has now been preserved as a
state park through the efforts of the Women's Kansas Day Club.
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