New Historical Markers Recognize Plight of Potawatomi

September 25, 2017
Travel along many streets in south Overland Park and you will notice new historical markers commemorating the Potawatomi Indians.
Crews have been installing new road signs along the route the Potawatomi Indians took through Johnson County in 1838.
More than 850 Potawatomi were forced to relocate from Indiana. They traveled along the Santa Fe Trail to anĀ area near Osawatomie, Kan. During the trip, dozens of members of the nation died, many of them children.
The signs can be seen in the following locations in Overland Park:
  • Nall south of 137th
  • 143rd west of Lamar
  • Metcalf south of 143rd
  • 151st west of Antioch
  • Switzer south of 151st
  • 159th west of Quivira

The Trail of Death signs are part of a larger auto tour route through Johnson County, highlighting the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails.

The state of Kansas recognized the Potawatomi Trail of Death in 1994, passing a resolution declaring the trail a Regional Historic Trail.

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District provided funding for the signs. Overland Park crews installed and will maintain them.


Meg Ralph (913) 895-6160