Wednesday, January 6, 2016


The Palmyra well is within present-day Baldwin City, KS, about one block east of  Baldwin City High School. The community of Palmyra was settled along the Santa Fe Trail during the 1850s, and the well provided water for trail travelers and their livestock as well as the residents. Palmyra has long since been absorbed into Baldwin City, but its presence on the Santa Fe Trail has been commemorated with various markers nearby, and the well is identified today as the Palmyra well.

Palmyra Well Historical Marker
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh

This well was hand dug when the town of Palmyra was established in 1857, it served travelers on the Santa Fe Trail, as well as townspeople.
The well is 25 ft in diameter and 56 ft deep and about 17 ft to water.

Palmyra Well
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
about one (1) block east of the Baldwin City High School
near Washington Street and Palmyra Lane

Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Sign Inscription:
First important repair stop on the Santa Fe Trail
Blacksmith~~General Store~~Hotel
Well~~Saw Mill~~Post Office
Settled 1856             Surveyed 1857
The Palmyra Association Donated the Land for Baker University and City of Baldwin

Erected by:
the Santa Fe Historical Society of Douglas County

Rock Inscription
Santa Fe Trail
Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution
and the
State of Kansas

Outside the Baldwin City High School
415 Eisenhower St.

This Angling Road is the Original Santa Fe Trail. Park Area Donated by I. and J. Stickle to Baker University in 1907.

D.A.R. Monument Commemorates the Dispersal of Free-State and Pro-Slavery Forces after the Battle of Black Jack.

Original Bronze Plaque Stolen in 1967. Replaced in Marble by S.F.T. Hist. Soc.

1983 by two Baker Alumnae, Class of 1932.

at the intersection of North 6th Street and North 400 Road
(approximately 3/4 of a mile north of US Hwy 56)


  1. What a great and historical place this is!! Do you have a lot of tourist that come through rhe area?

    1. Kelsey the town of Baldwin City, KS is a quite little town of around 5,000 people. Many of whom are college students at Baker University, the oldest college in the state of Kansas. There is some tourism, but many of them tend to be day trippers.


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