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.


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.


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.

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