We were soon free of the woods and bushes, and fairly upon the broad prairie…At noon we stopped to rest not far from a little creek, replete with frogs and young turtles…. The horses were turned to feed among the scattered bushes of a low, oozy meadow. A drowsy springlike sultriness pervaded the air, and the voices of ten thousand young frogs and insects, just awakened into life, rose in varied chorus from the creek and the meadows.--- Francis Parkman, 1846
Turkey Creek Streamway
Park, in the vicinity of I-35 between 74th Street and Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam , KS.
Approximately six miles from Westport was a site known as Boone’s Fork.In 1845, John C. Fremont, a noted westward explorer, camped here with his party for approximately two weeks to wait out a period of heavy rainfall. next slide