Tallgrass Prairie Trail

Tallgrass Prairie Trail (HMO62)

Location: Fort Scott, KS 66701 Bourbon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 50.659', W 94° 42.23'

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"The immediate site of the post...opens out rapidly to the south in a beautifully undulating prairie."
Assistant Surgeon Joseph K. Barnes, describing the Fort Scott landscape in 1862.

Walk this short trail and imagine "the most magnificent prairie of the country," as the land around Fort Scott was described in 1843.

The trail passes through a small area of tallgrass prairie that the National Park Service is restoring to offer a glimpse of the prairie's former splendor. Prior to restoration, this area had become a residential neighborhood.

Trail Information
Length: About 1/4 mile
Time: About 15 minutes
Surface: Unpaved; uneven footing

A trail brochure identifies some of the plants found along the trail. A healthy, native tallgrass prairie can contain over 1,000 species of vascular plants; some of the more common ones can be seen here.

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Park personnel (left) maintain this area using prescribed fire. Historically, wildfires swept the tallgrass prairie, preventing the growth of trees and shrubs. For instance, Fort Scott's Meteorological Register for December 2, 1848, remarked about the "prairie burning at South at night."

In the mid-1800s the land around Fort Scott would have resembled this scene on the Konza Prairie (above) about 120 miles northwest of here in Kansas's Flint Hills.
HM NumberHMO62
Year Placed1998
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 1:55pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 350086 N 4189909
Decimal Degrees37.84431667, -94.70383333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 50.659', W 94° 42.23'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 50' 39.54" N, 94° 42' 13.80" W
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Area Code(s)620, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 45 Buchanan St, Fort Scott KS 66701, US
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