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Alcove Springs, Blue Rapids

#19 of 31 in Nature in Kansas
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Alcove Springs was a popular stop along the Oregon Trail near Independence Crossing in Marshall County, Kansas. Travelers along the trail gave the springs its name. The words 'Alcove Springs', carved into the hard limestone cliff by the Donner Party, can still be seen, although some of the carving has weathered away. It is located about four miles north of Blue Rapids along the Big Blue River

Across the road from the Alcove Springs park is another park commemorating the Oregon Trail and features history, wagon swales and a D.A.R. marker memorializing Sarah Keyes, a member of the Donner Party who died in 1846. The exact location of her burial is unknown.

Alcove Springs was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
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  • The spring was still flowing with cool, clear water. The waterfall wasn't running. It was interesting to see the inscriptions in the rock. Columbine were blooming along the trail too. This is a...  more »
  • On my most recent visit, the spring was basically dry due to the ongoing drought in Kansas. I still found plenty to do and had an interesting visit. As usual, I had the entire place to myself...  more »
  • Very very exiting and fun visit at this place. Thanks so much myself and family had a blast
  • Great place for family outings! We go all year round... My 3 year old son always wants to go...
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