John and Janet 2016 Utah travel blog

First Windmill Picture

Kansas

Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe Trail Center

Santa Fe Trail Center

Santa Fe Trail Center

Fort Larned National Historical Site

Fort Larned National Historical Site

Fort Larned National Historical Site

Fort Larned National Historical Site

Barracks

Interpreter

Hospital

Windy!

School

Supplies

Hmmmm . . .

From Pennsysvania

Muskets

Uniforms

Pawnee River


It is not warm! We start the day with some rain. (Of course) It eventually clears.

By mid-morning, we are in Larned, Kansas. We stop at the Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center. It is okay for a short stop. We tour the museum. It is too cold to walk around outside.

We continue on to Fort Larned National Historic Site. I get my first passport stamp of the trip. Hurray!

The buildings are original. Fort Larned, like other outposts scattered along the Santa Fe Trail, offered not only protection and refuge for travelers but respite from the rigors of the journey and a chance to replace broken gear and dwindling supplies.

Although windy, we walk the entire grounds. Most of the buildings are open. We need a stop like this. I take lots of pictures.

We travel another one and a half hours to Garden City, Kansas. It is almost uneventful. We see a pheasant. Two dear cross in front of us.

Our campground leaves much to be desired. It is not being maintained. We only need a place to park and the price is right. It is a good day.

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