Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road

Fort Leavenworth - Fort Riley Military Road (HM2B6G)

Location: Silver Lake, KS 66539 Shawnee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 6.325', W 95° 51.776'

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The Fort Riley Trail (northern route) passed by this spot beginning in 1853 when the Fort was established. The trail came from Fort Leavenworth. Mounted and foot soldiers used this northern route because the river valley silt and sand would not permit heavy artillery and wagons. That heavy traffic crossed the Kansas River by ferry at Calhoun, a village located at the Calhoun Bluffs.
At Thomas Road in Silver Lake, a branch of the trail headed southwest to reach Union Town after crossing the Kansas River. Some Oregon Trail travelers may have attempted to use the Fort Riley Trail's northern route but the 3600 pound wagons would have had difficulty. Highway 24 and the Union Pacific railroad tracks follow the old Fort Riley trail from Calhoun Bluffs to St. Marys. The southern route for the Fort Riley Trail passes through Topeka passing the Ward Meade Farm and the Pottawatomie Indian Mission on the way to Union Town.
This marker was erected in 2016 courtesy of:
Citizen Pottawatomie NationDon Combs Memorial
Dave L. Boxberger CompanyBob Schwarz Financial
Copy by: Doug Mauck
HM NumberHM2B6G
Year Placed2016
Placed ByCitizen Pottawatomie Nation, Don Combs Memorial, Dave L. Boxberger Company, and Bob Schwarz Financial
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Date Added Thursday, September 6th, 2018 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 252440 N 4332377
Decimal Degrees39.10541667, -95.86293333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.325', W 95° 51.776'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 19.5" N, 95° 51' 46.56" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)785
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 323 Railroad St, Silver Lake KS 66539, US
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