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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Lone Elm Campground Swale

Picture of property 21151 W 167th Street
Olathe (Johnson County)
Listed in National Register Apr 6, 2014

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

The Lone Elm Campground Swale is located in Lone Elm Park at the southernmost edge of Olathe. This city park's single trail swale is situated along the combined route of the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails as it headed southwest out of Independence, Missouri to present-day Gardner, Kansas where the Santa Fe Trail split-off from the Oregon and California trail. The earliest known group headed for Santa Fe passed through this site in circa 1823, and use of this part of the trail drew to a close in 1861 with the onset of the Civil War, which ended long-distance trail traffic from Independence. This trail remnant is one of the few intact trail remains in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, as urban and suburban development has greatly encroached upon the trail in this region. The nominated site also contains a historical marker erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1906. The property was nominated as part of the "Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail" in the areas of commerce, transportation, exploration/settlement, and social history.

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