Where the Cherokee Trail Meets the Santa Fe Trail at Running Turkey Creek
Near where the Cherokee Trail meets the Santa Fe Trail
Running Turkey Creek
Sign marking town of Empire-Dr Jack Fletcher & Patricia Fletcher
Just east of 22nd Avenue on Iron Horse Road the Cherokee Trail
joined the Santa Fe Trail. Arriving at the junction of their new
wagon road and the Santa Fe Trail, the company devised a post
office, wrapping news of their arrival and accomplishment in
pasteboard and oilcloth, then placing it firmly under the only large
rock they could find. "We obtained a large stone and planted it in
the fork of the road. and one of our cunning workmen cut these
letters upon it: 'To Fayetteville, Ark., 300 miles-Capt. Evans' Cal.
Com'y, May 12, 1849' to apprise the prairie traveler of a new road."
(Page 45-46 of Cherokee Trail Diaries Volume I)