Lost Spring, Marion County, Kansas – A Historical Perspective by L. Stephen (Steve) Schmidt When Steve Schmidt, President of the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, was asked to prepare a synopsis of the history of Lost Spring for a printed tour guide, it quickly became apparent that some local legends about the Lost Spring were not confirmed by the historical record. In addition, some of the historically significant aspects of the Lost Spring were not common knowledge. Presented here are the recently revised results of three years of research on the history of Lost Spring and vicinity, focusing on the Santa Fe Trail. This research will help the reader to understand the location of the Lost Spring, the Lost Spring Station, and the town of Lost Springs. Included are maps that illustrate the location of the Santa Fe Trail and its branches in the vicinity of Lost Spring, as well as the location of the Lost Spring and Lost Spring Station. An extensive list of references is provided.
- "Authentic Copies Found of Kanza (Kaw) Treaties of October 28, 1815, and August 16, 1825" by L. Stephen (Steve) Schmidt"
- An Old Santa Fe Trail Map Recovered by Margaret Sears.
Published in Wagon Tracks, Volume 30, Number 4, August 2016, pgs. 22-27. Click maps for larger view.
- The Survey and Maps of the Sibley Expedition, 1825, 1826 & 1827
The purpose of this report is to present the results of a study performed under a Scholarly Research Grant provided by the Santa Fe Trail Association to L. Stephen (Steve) Schmidt in 2011. Assisting Steve with his research was Richard E. (Rich) Hayden. The objective of the study was to plot the "Sibley Survey" on base maps contained in the National Park Service's Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Comprehensive Management and Use Plan, Map Supplement (May 1990). The Sibley Survey was the result of a bill authorizing a road to be surveyed and marked from Missouri to the Mexican settlements (Santa Fe) that was signed into law by President John Quincy Adams on March 3, 1825. Of the three Commissioners appointed to oversee the task, George C. Sibley emerged as the leader and the driving force behind the survey which became known as the Sibley Expedition. The Sibley Expedition began its survey near Ft. Osage, Missouri July 17, 1825.
National Park Service Research
- Research about Santa Fe Trail events and routes is ongoing. The National Park Service works cooperatively with scholars, site managers, and others to learn more about trail-related stories and sites. Listed below are some of the research projects that have been funded by the NPS and relate to the Santa Fe Trail
The following are the results of research projects funded by the National Park Service, and in some cases, recipients of the Santa Fe Trail Association Scholarly Research Grant and can be found on the NPS TRAILWIDE RESEARCH PAGE
- Indians and the Santa Fe Trail
- Wagons on the Santa Fe Trail
- Culver Memoir & Diary
- Jurnegan Autobiography
- Mayer Memoir & Diary
- That Broad and Beckoning Highway: The Santa Fe Trail and the Rush for Gold in California and Colorado" by Dr. Michael L. Olsen