Morton County Historical Society Museum; East Highway U.S. 56, P.O. Box 1248, Elkhart, KS 67950; 620-697-2833; Tuesday - Friday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. .... Saturday & Sunday: By Appointment

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Approximately 33 miles of the Cimarron Route, also known as the Cimarron Cut-Off Route or Dry Route, of the Santa Fe Trail crosses Morton County, and is the largest number of Miles located in any one county in all of the 5 States that the Trail goes through.

Mural painted by Charles Goslin, June 1997 The Morton County Section of the Trail is Located on the Cimarron National Grasslands and is watched over and cared for by the USDA Forest Service.  Unlike other sections of the trail, it is open to the public for their enjoyment.  Hunters, fishermen, campers, hikers, wild flower enthusiasts, bird watchers and history buffs are everyday visitors on the Grasslands.

Following the MCHS Museum's certification, the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service and the Morton County Historical Society formed a partnership and used the museum as a pilot program for the research and building of the six Santa Fe Trail modulars.  The first three depict the general history of the area. In addition to the modulars, the exhibit consists of two display cases containing original artifacts found on the Trail and a large freight wagon set in a prairie scene.  The scene was built by the local Forest Service staff, and contains prairie grasses and cactus plants, a prairie dog, rattlesnake and two ground squirrels.

... Dr. Marc Simmons, Author & Historian