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Chisholm Trail/Santa Fe Trails Meet


category : Pioneer Life
Chisholm Trail/Santa Fe Trails Meet Two of the most historic trails of Kansas, the Santa Fe Trail and the Chisholm Trail, meet just 3 miles east of Canton on Highway 56, on the McPherson/Marion County line, the only place in the United States where these two trails cross.

The beautiful limestone marker marks the spot, placed there by the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail and Marion County Development.

The trails were of great economic impact to America and to our area. The homesteading, ranching, small trading towns and cowtowns were a spring off these important trails as well as the railroads. The Santa Fe railroad followed the trail fairly close and soon replaced the wagons for hauling freight. Now as so many things from our past history have disappeared, the Santa Fe railroad has also been dismantled through the area.


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Chisholm Trail/Santa Fe Trails Meet

Two of the most historic trails of Kansas, the Santa Fe Trail and the Chisholm Trail, meet just 3 miles east of Canton on Highway 56, on the McPherson/Marion County line, the only place in the United States where these two trails cross.

Canton, KS Pioneer Life

Carnegie Library

The 1921 Canton Township Carnegie Library still seems to be in great shape on North Main. It was the last Carnegie Library built in Kansas.

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Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

No other place in Kansas can buffalo and elk be viewed as they can at the 2800-acre Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. Voted as one of 8

Canton, KS Wildlife Refuges

Interesting Stonework

There's some interesting stonework in the buildings in the park just south of downtown.

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McPherson State Fishing Lake (Canton Lake)

46 acres, boating, boat ramps, picnic areas, basic camping, fishing piers, nature trails

Canton, KS Recreation

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