Steve Schmidt, president of Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, recently announced the Lost Spring monument at the historic site west of Lost Springs will be moved July 3 to a new site across the road. The time capsules in the old base will be opened at that time.
On May 5, members of the association assisted Roger Kleinsorge, a contractor from McPherson, in constructing a new base for the monument.
The monument is being relocated onto a conservation easement donated to Marion County by the Virginia Shields family. Plans call for historic interpretive plaques to be constructed in the easement, construction of a parking area, and addition of a walking path to the Lost Spring.
The historic interpretive site is being developed with funds provided by the SFTA and private donations of material and services. The monument is located 2.5 miles west of the town of Lost Springs.