The California - Oregon Trail

The California - Oregon Trail (HM1J82)

Location: Westmoreland, KS 66549 Pottawatomie County
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N 39° 22.875', W 96° 24.311'

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From the 1830's to the 1870's, the 2,000-mile road connecting Missouri river towns with California and Oregon was America's greatest transcontinental highway. Several routes led west from the river, converging into one trail by the time the Fort Kearny (Neb.) vicinity was reached. One of them began near present Kansas City and passed this point, crossing Rock creek not far from the highway bridge.
Here a great campground was located because of the several fine springs in the vicinity. Scott spring, 180 yards north, still offers the "delicious cold water" mentioned by one traveler in 1846. Local legend says that at times the whole of what is now the Westmoreland townsite was covered by the camps of travelers, their wagons and cattle. Nearby are the graves of several pioneers who died on the trail. One unidentified grave is located just north of the spring.
From a point about two miles south of this marker Kansas highway 99 follows the trail to Westmoreland. In places ruts of the old trail may still be seen from the modern traveler's car window.
HM NumberHM1J82
Series This marker is part of the California Trail series, and the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series, and the Oregon Trail series.
Marker Number20
Placed ByKansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 723493 N 4362297
Decimal Degrees39.38125000, -96.40518333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.875', W 96° 24.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 52.5" N, 96° 24' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)785
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13840 KS-99, Westmoreland KS 66549, US
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