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Kansas Historical Marker

Chouteau's Island

Kansas State Historical Marker
Kearny County
US-50, Kearny County
Roadside turnout, 1 mile west of Lakin

      In the spring of 1816 Auguste P. Chouteau's hunting party traveling east with a winter's catch of furs was attacked near the Arkansas River by 200 Pawnees. Retreating to what was once an island five miles southwest of this marker the hunters beat them off with the loss of only one man. In 1825 increased travel on the Santa Fe trail brought a government survey and Chouteau's island was listed as a turning off place for the dangerous Jornada to the Cimarron.