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Property Name Indian Mound
Reference Number 13000491
State Kansas
County Kearny
Town Lakin
Street Address 6 miles southwest of Lakin, north side of N River 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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Even before the Santa Fe Trail was established, this naturally-occurring rock formation was used as a way-finder for nearby Chouteau's Island. After the establishment of trade with Santa Fe, this mound was used to also denote the location of the Upper Arkansas River crossings; thus, this location marked the last major opportunity to choose between the Mountain or Cimarron routes of the Santa Fe Trail. Indian Mound is nationally significant as part of the Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail Multiple Property Submission under Criterion A for its association with transportation and commerce along the Santa Fe Trail. The period of significance begins with the initiation of trail traffic over this segment in 1821 and ends with the abandonment of this section of the trail by March 1870 when the Union Pacific Eastern Division Railroad (Kansas Pacific) reached Kit Carson, Colorado. This site materially 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. There is a DAR commemorative marker atop the mound, but it is non-contributing due to the fact that it was likely placed there in the late 1960s.


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