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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Santa Fe Trail - Kearny County Segment (Charlie's Ruts)

Picture of property 3 Mi. W of Deerfield on N side of US 50
Deerfield (Kearny County)
Listed in National Register Jul 17, 2013

Architect: N/A
Category: transportation
Thematic Nomination: Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail (Amended 2013)

The Santa Fe Trail - Kearny County Segment 1, also known as Charlie's Ruts or Bentrup's Ruts, near Deerfield includes twelve intact swales that span approximately 800 feet. Travel over this this segment of the trail likely began in 1821 and ended with the arrival of the railroad in this area 1872. This segment is between the Middle (Cimarron) and Upper Crossing of the Arkansas River in southwest Kansas. This site is owned by the Kearny County Historical Society. It was nominated for its significance in the areas of transportation and commerce, and it has the potential to yield additional information on the use of the trail during its initial period of significance.

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