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Arkansas River

 

This page describes the Arkansas River on the Santa Fe Trail

 

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Arkansas River

Arkansas River

Length: 1,450 Miles
Source: Lake County, Colorado
Outflow: Mississippi River
 

The Arkansas River is the 5th longest river in the United States. Ports on the river include Wichita, Kansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Little Rock, Arkansas. Travelers on the Santa Fe Trail in Kansas would eventually have to make a decision on which route to take to Santa Fe: the Cimarron route through a small portion of Colorado, or, continue along the Arkansas River, west into Colorado to take the Mountain route. While the mountain route took longer, travelers had a continuous source of water and settlers were less likely to be attacked by Native Americans.

Next Stop on the Santa Fe Trail: Fort Dodge (Stop 4)

 

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