Oregon Trail - St. Marys, KS
N 39° 11.459 W 096° 03.702
14S E 753769 N 4342084
Quick Description: This Oregon Trail marker is located along Highway 24 in St. Marys, Kansas.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 8/28/2011 2:48:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMCEBM
The Oregon Trail marker reads:
SITE OF THE OREGON TRAIL
1830 - 1876
Over 300,000 persons passed along
this trail in the years of its use
to build an empire beyond our
Erected in 1940 by the Department of
Kansas, United Spanish War Veterans
Auxiliary United Spanish War Veterans
"The Potawatomie first arrived in this area on September 9, 1848, having been moved here originally from Indiana and Michigan by the government. According to an 1846 treaty, the Potawatomie were given $850,000 and a 30 mile square tract of land along the Kansas River. Upon arrival, a manual labor school and mission, complete with a log church, were established.
In 1848 when gold was discovered in California, it is said that 300,000 people traveled along the Oregon Trail in route to possible fortune. The mission served as a stopping point on the trail for rest, worship, and supplies for the remainder of the trip."