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Take your time, stretch your legs, and visit olde Pawnee Rock. Being the only hill with a vantage point in the region, it's easy to see why it holds significant American Indian and Settler significance. It's in a bit of a sad state, clearly the...More
If you are on your way to Fort Larned, it's a nice side stop to better understand part of the Santa Fe Trail history. The natural rock outcropping (which used to be much taller) was a guide post for pioneer travelers.
We loved the history at this location. We wouldn't drive hours to get here, but if in the area a must see. Just imagine standing in that same spot years ago and watch the wagon trains and Indians. Wow!
I grew up around this area and used to love going up to the rock and watching the sun set. Such a beautiful view. I even thought about getting married here. My dad used to tell me stories about the indian's, how they used this...More
The top of this rock was mined before the locals realized its historical significance, but settlers by the score passed by this austere landmark cropping up from the Kansas prairie, carving their names for posterity. One can climb the observation tower, with its height level...More
Interesting to stand on the rock and look out over the land the early settlers crossed as they headed west. When you see cars and trucks zipping along the improved roads, you realize how far we've come in 150 years.
I originally expected a larger rock outcropping but once you get to the top and overlook the area, it was impressive. they have interesting signs and old photographs of what it looked like and information about the Santa Fe trail. well worth a 20 minute...More
This is an interesting diversion if you are traveling down Highway 56. Once a rock pillar that stood high above the plains, now just the base remains after the small town used the rock for the foundations of the homes and businesses below. But there...More
Pawnee Rock is located a few miles west of Great Bend, Kansas and a few miles from Larnder, Kansas and Fort Larnder the "outpost" of the Santa Fe Trail. Pawnee Rock was a high point along this part of the Santa Fe Trail and was...More