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Property Name Finney County Point of Rocks
Reference Number 13000487
State Kansas
County Finney
Town Pierceville
Street Address Mansfield Road
Multiple Property Submission Name Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail (2012)
Status Listed 7/17/2013
Areas of Significance Transportation, Commerce
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Finney County Point of Rocks is one of at least four similarly named sites along the Santa Fe Trail network that aided travelers in their navigation of the road. The trail passed to the immediate south of this formation and became the foundation for modern-day Mansfield Road; the ATSF (now BNSF) Railroad, generally following the Mountain Route of the trail throughout western Kansas, is located between Mansfield Road and Point of Rocks. Because of its navigational role, Finney County Point of Rocks is nationally significant as a historic resource of the Santa Fe Trail under Criterion A for its association with the transportation and commerce along the trail from 1821 to 1870. The natural feature retains a good degree of integrity in terms of location, setting, feeling, and association required for registration. The site reflects important historic events outlined in the historic contexts: International Trade on the Mexican Road, 1821-1846; the Mexican-American War and the Santa Fe Trail, 1846-1848; Expanding National Trade on the Santa Fe Trail, 1848-1861; The Civil War and the Santa Fe Trail, 1861-1865; and The Santa Fe Trail and the Railroad, 1865-1880, as well as the Santa Fe Trail in Kansas.


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