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Butterfield trail was three miles north and was abandoned years before when KPRR started service about 1868. Chetolah was ...
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Smoky Hill River scenic drive: Grants Villa, Chetolah Gold Road and the Smoky Hill River Road

Ellis County, KS

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Smoky Hill RiverFlowing east from the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Hill River runs four miles south of Antonino. Plains Indians once hunted and established campsites along its banks. With the discoveries of gold in California and Colorado in the mid-1800s, white travelers used the river as a convenient western route and often met their deaths along what some called "the starvation trail." In 1865, the Butterfield Overland Despatch (B.O.D.) opened a stage and mail service along the route, connecting Kansas City to Denver. Travelers along Grants Villa Road can imagine the once-flowing Smoky as it appeared to these early migrants.

Directions: 1 mile west of Antonino and turn south on 200th Avenue. Proceed 3 miles south on 200th Avenue to Chetolah Gold Road. Turn right (west) and drive 1 mile west. To the left is the view of the beautiful Smoky Hill River Valley.

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Larry Reichert

Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785.625.5386
Paulette Reichert

Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785.623.4561
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