I found the subject of today’s article on another blog which listed the ten best “ghost” towns to visit in Kansas. The author’s caveat was that it never became a town, but it is quite historical (and worth a trip to see) – known as the most historic place in Kansas on the Oregon Trail.
The name was given to the springs by a member of the Donner-Reed Party in 1846, although it was a known place along the trail which fur trappers traversed in the late 1820s and 1830s. The first mention of the springs was made by travelers of the “Great Migration” in 1843.
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