Monuments in Westmoreland, Kansas

Monuments in Westmoreland, Kansas
Settled largely by veterans after the Civil War, many towns in Kansas, the Soldier State, still bear the marks of a wartime heritage. Westmoreland, a small town in Pottawatomie County of northeastern Kansas, is no exception with several notable monuments worth visiting. From Civil War memorials to Oregon Trail sites in the Rock Creek Valley, American history buffs may be surprised with at what Westmoreland has to offer.

Westmoreland Cemetery

This cemetery was originally established in 1887 and lies just south of town. Like the cemeteries of many other Kansas towns originally settled by Civil War veterans, the Westmoreland, Pottawatomie County Cemetery features monuments erected by and inscribed with a badge from the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic). One large, polished granite monument in the cemetery has an inscription that reads "In Memory of Out Comrades, 1861 to 1865."

Westmoreland Cemetery
Pine Street south of Westmoreland, KS

Oregon Trail Park

On the east side of Highway 99, also just south of Westmoreland, lies this memorial to the pioneers that camped near Scott Springs as they traversed the Oregon trail. Built by Ernest White, a local craftsman, the memorial includes a life-like statue of a pair of oxen pulling a covered wagon. Within the park are restroom facilities, picnic tables and short trails meandering the lightly forested area.

Oregon Trail Park
Hwy. 99 south of Westmoreland, KS

Old City Well

This historic site marks the spot where about 40 men toiled through the winter of 1914 to construct a well. Dug without the benefit of modern technology, the men only used picks and shovels. Claiming to be the second largest hand-dug well on earth, the stone structure is indeed a large gaping hole that visitors can peer into, surrounded by a metal fence. Picnic tables and restroom facilities as well as grills are available on the scenic wooded grounds.

Old City Well
Hwy. 99 south of Westmoreland, KS

Article Written By Anthon Jackson

Anthon Jackson is a writer and photographer. Since obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern studies in 2008, he has authored travel guides for the likes of Rough Guides, A-Z World Travels and Adventure Journey while his work has also been featured by such publications as "GEOspecial," "Reader's Digest," Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveler.

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