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Kit Carson travelled to this lone rocky outcropping in 1826. At 17 years old, he was asked to stay up and keep watch. It was dark, his mule moved and Kit's first reaction was to shoot it. He later told all the men with him he thought that it was a passing Pawnee Indian. Raucous laughter ensured that Carson was the butt of jokes for eons. Thus, one legend on how Pawnee Rock got its name is now written in history. But, what makes it interesting? What is it's story?
Well, Pawnee Rock might have been a place where the Pawnee held Tribal Councils, and it was a stopping point for Santa Fe Trail pioneers and it might just have gold and silver buried all around it.
"I had not slept any the night before, for I stayed awake watching to get a shot at the Pawnees that tried to stampede our animals, expecting they would return; and I hadn't caught a wink all day, as I was out buffalo hunting, so I was awfully tired and sleepy when we arrived at Pawnee Rock that evening, and when I was posted at my place at night, I must have gone to sleep leaning against the rocks; at any rate, I was wide enough awake when the cry of Indians was given by one of the guard. I had picketed my mule about twenty steps from where I stood, and I presume he had been lying down; all I remember is that the first thing I saw after the alarm was something rising up out of the grass, which I thought was an Indian. I pulled the trigger; it was a centre shot, and I don't believe the mule ever kicked after he was hit!"
The rock is the midpoint on the Santa Fe Trail, early pioneers took out their knives and wrote their names on it. When you visit you will see that the rocks are covered in names. Being afraid, several times settlers travelling through buried precious treasures around it-people still look.
The treasures are still out there-unless a secret explorer decided to go and keep them. hope not! Many left symbols to help them remember where on the rock they buried their precious gems.
Men,women, children-they have all been there. They traversed that ground way before any of us were born. They left their marks, still visible. Regardless, Pawnee rock still stands, regardless of time, or the quarrying that settlers and the railroad forged on it. Luckily, it's free to get there and has been preserved as a state historic site largely for its involvement on the Santa Fe Trail. But, again so much more has happened here.
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