Pawnee Rock

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Pawnee Rock
Pawnee Rock 2013-09-26 14-17-58.jpg
Monument at Pawnee Rock
Pawnee Rock is located in Kansas
Pawnee Rock
Nearest city Pawnee Rock, Kansas
Coordinates 38°16′19.57″N 98°58′53.33″W / 38.2721028°N 98.9814806°W / 38.2721028; -98.9814806Coordinates: 38°16′19.57″N 98°58′53.33″W / 38.2721028°N 98.9814806°W / 38.2721028; -98.9814806
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 70000247 [1]
Added to NRHP December 29, 1970

Pawnee Rock, one of the most famous and beautiful landmarks on the Santa Fe Trail, is located in Pawnee Rock State Park, just north of Pawnee Rock, Kansas, United States. Originally over 150 feet (46 m) tall, railroad construction stripped it of some 15 to 20 feet (6.1 m) in height for road bed material. Pawnee Rock was added to the National Register of Historic Places around 1970.

Pawnee Rock was long a meeting place of the Comanche, Kiowa, Arapache and Cheyenne Indians. Numerous battles were fought at Pawnee Rock between the tribes, and as a result, many bones have been found in the soil in the vicinity.[2]

The site is administrated by the Kansas Historical Society as the Pawnee Rock State Historic Site.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Biographical History of Barton County, Kansas. Great Bend Tribune. 1912. p. 145. 

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