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Kansas Historical Marker

Fort Zarah

Kansas State Historical Marker
Barton County
US-56, Barton County
Roadside turnout, 1 mile east of Great Bend

      In 1865 the Federal government surveyed the Santa Fe Trail, great trade route from western Missouri to Santa Fe. Treaties with Kansas and Osage Indians safeguarded the eastern end of the road but Plains Tribes continued to make raids. Fort Zarah, at this point, was one of a chain of forts built on the Santa Fe Trail to protect wagon trains and guard settlers.