16. Council Oak
counciloak250.jpg (24395 bytes)

A council was held under this tree August 10, 1825, attended by three U.S. Commissioners and the Osage Indians.  The resulting treaty gave Americans and Mexicans free passage along the Santa Fe Trail through Osage territory in return for $800.  It was also at this time that Council Grove got its name.  The Council Oak was part of a mile wide grove of trees that provided shelter and wood for wagon repairs on the Santa Fe Trail.  Before it blew down during a windstorm in 1958, the oak was approximately 70 feet high, and measured 16 feet around.

NL - Site on the council Grove National Historic Landmark District
NT - Listed on the National Historic Santa Fe Trail

Visit 17.
Durland Park