Pawnee Mound Kansas


 

Pawnee Mound

 Pawnee Mound

One of the things I love to do is to explore the backroads of Kansas. Whenever I get the chance I really enjoy spending a few hours or the complete day driving the dirt and gravel roads of Kansas enjoying the scenery and exploring new areas of this great state.

Sometimes these trips are pretty random adventures where I simply drive the back roads with no particular destination but other times I will have identified some landmark, a particular area or small town that I want to check out.

One tool that I have found to be helpful in identifying possible places of interest is the Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer of Kansas. While google maps and the internet are great sources of information I still love turning the pages of an atlas and studying the maps they hold and the Delorme Atlas is perfect for that with its detailed topographic maps.

Not long ago while in Western Kansas for my Dad’s 89th birthday, I happened to notice in the Atlas a “peak” called Pawnee Mound on the map that is located just east of Highway 83 in southeast Scott County. Listed on the map at 2988 feet I thought it would be interesting to see what if anything was there.


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Faris Caves


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Located along the banks of the Smoky Hill River in Ellsworth County, Kansas the Faris Caves are manmade caves carved into the sandstone rock by an early settler in the area named Charles Griffee. Mr. Griffee came to the area in 1884 and purchased some land just east of what had been Fort Harker, Kansas (modern day Kanopolis, Kansas) from a Mr. Atwood. Having been a miner in Colorado and with a shortage of trees in the open prairie at that time,

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Sage Inn and Stagecoach Stop


Sage Inn Stagecoach StationSage Inn Stagecoach Station

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.


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