Alcove Springs & The Oregon Trail ~ Blue Rapids, Kansas, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 39° 41.370 W 096° 38.183
14S E 702679 N 4395966
Quick Description: This historical marker, commemorating this location on the Oregon Trail, is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of 10th Terrace (US Highway 77) and Valley Road (Kansas Highway 9) northeast of Blue Rapids, Kansas.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 2/22/2013 6:16:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMGEHJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 2

Long Description:
Alcove Springs & The Oregon Trail

Six miles northwest is Alcove Springs, named in 1846 by appreciative travelers on the Oregon Trail who carved the name on the surrounding rocks and trees. One described the Springs as "a beautiful cascade of water...altogether one of the most romantic spots I ever saw."

This country was well-known to early-day traders and "mountain men" as well as to later travelers to the Far West. John C. Fremont and his 1842 exploring expedition bivouacked at the Springs, and Marcus Whitman, with a thousand emigrants to Oregon, stopped there in 1843. Utah-bound Mormons and California-bound goldseekers followed, for only a short distance above was Independence Crossing, the famous ford across the Big Blue river. The Donner party, most of whom later froze or starved in the Sierras, buried its first member, Sarah Keyes, near the Springs in 1846.

The great Tuttle Creek Reservoir at full pool level extends along the Big Blue from Independence Crossing southward nearly to Manhattan.

Who placed it?: Kansas Historical Society

When was it placed?: Unknown

Who is honored?: Pioneers on the Oregon Trail

Website about the Monument: Not listed

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