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Review of Pawnee Rock

Pawnee Rock
Reviewed 5 January 2016

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 with the original top of the rock, and step back in time to a day when prairie schooners cut through the tall grasses waving in the breeze. Look out for miles now and see the changes civilization has brought to the land on one side, and calm grasslands on the other. It is a windy locale, so bundle up if you visit in the fall or winter. There are several signs telling the history of the area, and a light climb will get you up close and personal to names carved in the rock, by both pioneers, and people of much more recent times.

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Reviewed 9 October 2015

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.

Thank Jim C
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Reviewed 5 July 2015

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 stop

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

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 is still plenty to see and learn here as there are monuments and placards to read and a basic observation deck you can climb up to see for quite a distance.

There is no cost and the kids will love it.

Thank Harry R
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

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 used by both the Pawnee and the Army as a lookout post. To day it is lower as the rock was removed for use in the 1900's, but it has been rebuilt as a Park and a nice rest area.

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