Wagons Fording Rock Creek

Wagons Fording Rock Creek (HM1J8U)

Location: Westmoreland, KS 66549 Pottawatomie County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 23.035', W 96° 24.381'

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There were many unpredictable hazards on the trail as the wagon trains moved westward. The trail itself presented the worst problems. Streams had no bridges and had to be forded. Their shifting bottoms with pockets of quicksand were dangerous. When banks were slippery, people stood in the water and pushed as the oxen pulled the wagon. When rivers were wide, barges were made to ferry goods across. There was always the fear that the oxen would drown and the wagons be destroyed.
After crossing Rock Creek the trail angles slightly off to the west, then turns to parallel the highway about a block to the west, all through the town of Westmoreland.
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HM NumberHM1J8U
Series This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series
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Date Added Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 723384 N 4362590
Decimal Degrees39.38391667, -96.40635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 23.035', W 96° 24.381'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 23' 2.1" N, 96° 24' 22.86" W
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Area Code(s)785
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 411 Rd to Oz Hwy, Westmoreland KS 66549, US
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