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Buffalo Bill’s Well at Cow Creek Crossing

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Located southwest of Lyons, Kansas in Rice County, Kansas is an important historic site on The Santa Fe Trail known as Buffalo Bill’s Well or the Cow Creek Crossing. This area was an important campground on the Santa Fe Trail from 1822 to 1871 and the site of several skirmishes or battles with Native Americans as well as other events of historical significance.


Battle Canyon--The Battle of Punished Woman's Fork

Battle CanyonPhoto from the Southwest rim of Battle Canyon looking towards Squaw's Den

Often referred to as the Last Indian Battle in Kansas, the Battle of Punished Woman Fork took place in the valley and canyons that are located just south of present day Scott County State Lake. Scott County Lake is a spring fed lake and the battle site gets its name from the small creek that flows into the lake. Originally known as Punished Woman’s Fork or Famished Woman’s Fork the creek is now named Ladder Creek but is also known locally as Beaver Creek.


Sage Inn and Stagecoach Stop

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The historic Sage Inn and Stagecoach Station in Dover, Kansas dates back to 1865 and is currently operated as a Bed and Breakfast.

The Sage Inn was founded by Alfred Sage after he and his brother John and their families moved to Kansas from Iowa. Originally from Sommersetshire, England the Sage’s immigrated to New York in 1848 and moved to Iowa in 1854. Active in the abolitionist movement the Sage’s decided to move to Kansas in July 1856 to help Kansas become a free state.