1036. Nine Mile Point

Nine miles south of the delta where the Kansas River runs into the Missouri River, those traveling from Westport Landing due south would come to this point. Traders had been passing by this point for a few years even before it was officially surveyed between 1825-1827 by George C. Sibley and surveyor Joseph Brown and crew. They used 66-foot surveying chains and made detailed notes of the entire route from Fort Osage to Santa Fe in Mexico.

After crossing the Little Blue River and skirting to the southeast of the future site of Independence, the 1827 Santa Fe Trail survey team crossed the Big Blue River in today’s Swope Park and continued about five miles west to cross the Missouri state line here at this point, nine miles south of the mouth of the Kansas River. 

While many things have changed in the Kansas City area since the early days of the Santa Fe Trail, the Missouri border remains the same. In 1823, from the center of the mouth of the Kansas River, [Santa Fe Trail] surveyor Joseph Brown and his crew worked south using 66-foot surveying chains. They marked each mile point by raising a large dirt and rock mound, charting down the Missouri state line.

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