Lower Cimarron Spring

Also known as: Wagon Bed Springs, Wagonbed Springs
12 mi. S of Ulysses on U.S. 270, Ulysses, Kansas



Lower Cimmaron Springs was a dependable source of water on a dangerously dry crossing on the Santa Fe Trail, heavily used between 1820 and 1880. After a 60-mile stretch through arid desert between the Arkansas and Cimmaron Rivers, numerous travelers recorded their immense relief after finding the cool, sweet, running water of Lower Cimaron Spring. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 19, 1960

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Conservation area; Road-related
Current function
Conservation area
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1820; 1850
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing objects: 1