Forgotten Landmark–Lower Crossing of the Arkansas, Howell (KS)

Lower Crossing of the Arkansas Arrow

Lower Crossing of the Arkansas (0.5 mile south on 102 Road at Arkansas River)

Caravans wishing to take the Cimarron Cutoff crossed over the Arkansas and headed southwest toward Santa Fe just to the east of this road bridge. This “Lower Crossing” (the “lower” crossing being geographically closer to a river’s mouth) had, according to the Sibley survey team, superceded the crossing five miles east at the Caches by the time of their 1825 survey.  Wagon ruts are visible in the field east of the roadway, south of the crossing, indicated by the yellow arrow. 

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