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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 "Prairie Citadel."

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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