probably has more frontier trails than any other state, being the jumping off
during westward expansion. In addition to the emigrant trails to the west,
Fe Trails, the Sunflower State also provides a number of military trails
which connected the many
Old West Forts in the state, as well as cattle trails such as The
Chisholm Trail and the Dodge City and
Ellsworth Cattle Trails. Old stage routes include the
Smoky Hill Trail
and the Cannon Ball Stage Coach Road. Along with these there are several old
explorer routes including that of
Zebulon Pike and Nathanial Boone. Beyond the
a short peek Route
66 can also be seen in Kansas.
Get off I-70 and enjoy the history of Kansas'
many old trails, and explore historic forts, old
stagecoach stations, ghost towns, and a lot more
along the way.
Wagon wheel ruts on
Santa Fe Trail near
Kansas, photo courtesy
Moore-Warner Farm Management
A number of historic forts can be seen along
the old trails of Kansas such as Fort Scott, Kathy Weiser, March, 2004.