3-Trails Corridor

Lone Elm Campground

This site was originally known as Round Grove by Santa Fe Trail traders, and became a famous frontier trail campsite and rendezvous point for overlanders. Named because of the campsite’s stand of trees that quickly dwindled from a grove to when only one elm remained. The Lone Elm, often described in emigrant journals, was one of the last trees emigrants might see for many miles as they walked across the arid, western plains; trees and shrubs generally grew then along streams.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson

Lone Elm Campground

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Cache Coordinates

POINT (-94.830767 38.822383)

Cache Description

This cache is located south of the shelter at the Lone Elm Campground Park, Olathe, KS.  It will require a short hike to locate the cache, which is along the hiking path.  The path is a well-maintained, gravel path, with little grade change.

Under the bridge
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Wagons passed by this site from around 1823 to about 1861 with the beginning of the Civil War, “which ended long-distance trail traffic from Independence.” From here, there was no turning back, unless some unfortunate incident might cause a return or delay in starting. Emigrants to Oregon and California, especially, had to time their travel to pass through the Sierra Nevada Mountains before the first snows. Edmund Hinde, wrote in his diary on April 26, 1850, "About 7 o'clock we decamped on our way for the Blue River. On the road we discovered the Hind Axeltree had given away which was in one sence [sic.] fortunate had it broke when out from all timber we would have been in a nice predicament. Altho [sic.] broke we took in our food and crossed Blue River and sent back for a new one. . . . . We are now only three miles from the plains and then we leave all settlements." If this had happened days or weeks out on the trail, the consequences could have been devastating.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson