MOO-stache LbNA # 61784
|Placed Date||May 13 2012|
|Location||10401 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, KS|
Pioneer Crossing Park
10401 Shawnee Mission Parkway
If you driven on SMParkway (and they say SMPKWY is the most traveled road in the KC area) you should notice this park. It's east of Neiman and west of I-35.
Pioneer Crossing Park includes native grasses and plaques commemorating each of the pioneer trails that crossed through Shawnee city limits:
The California Road was a trail though the lands of the Shawnee Indians, running west from Westport through present day Johnson and Douglas Counties. This route was used throughout the 1830s and 1820s by Indians, missionaries, and surveyors.
The Fort Leavenworth Military Road was created in 1837 to run from Fort Leavenworth south to Fort Gibson in Oklahoma. It was part of the route that Congress designated as the border line of the "permanent Indian Frontier."
The Santa Fe Trail was founded in 1821 when William Becknell led a small group of men from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe on a trading expedition.
The Oregon Trail lead through the Rocky Mountains. In the Kansas City area, it followed the same route as the Santa Fe Trail until branching off on its own, west of Gardner. Today the route is commonly referred to as the Oregon - California Trail.
Pioneer Crossing Park features two sculptures designed by local artist Charles Goslin. Goslin's original sculpture of a wagon train has been re-created in a life size, 3-D brick monument. The sculpture of Dick Williams, Wagon Master is created in native limestone and bronze. This park was dedicated as a Sesquicentennial Project when Shawnee celebrated it's 150th birthday in 2006.
1. After Parking your car stroll along the plaques that celebrate the importance of our area in the pioneer trail system.
2. Continue on to the sculpture and say a "how do you moo" to the cattle pulling the covered wagon. They won't moo back but will look at you stupidly. That's ok. Don't take it personally, they do that to all the visitors.
3. Once you reach the stairs go up a few and then take a right and continue along the top of the rock wall. You will see a black wall above you.
4. Hike on up that slope and go 18 paces along the wall. Keep the wall to your left. (can't trust those walls).
Above the black wall you will see a convergence of trees, Dapper Dan and Frisky Freddy are waiting for you to admire their moo-staches.
Once you're done you can go back to the stairs and go up. There is a playground up there that we call the Hidden Park but its real name is Douglas Highlands Park.