Our name came from an extensive and dense forest of hardwood trees covering a large part of the land east of the Neosho River. This was the setting for three United States Commissioners and the chiefs of the Great and Little Osage Indians to sign a treaty to allow passage to Santa Fe.
Council Grove is one of the twelve locations in the United States chosen to be the site of a "Madonna of the Trail" monument.
Our history is closely tied to early exploration, the Santa Fe Trail, and pioneer days.
It was fitting that a statue of the pioneer mother be placed here.
Council Oak Chapter is the "guardian chapter" for our Madonna.
Also in Council Grove is a DAR marker for the Santa Fe Trail. The photos below show
events surrounding the 100th anniversary of the marker's placement and opening of the
"memory box" which was placed in the base of the stone. It was disappointing that the
elements destroyed the contents of the box. A new box was placed that should endure.
Hover your cursor over each image for a quick peek
or click on the first image, and click on the large arrow for an automatic show.
|Colleen Anderson||Jacob Hepler, PA|
|Janis Bosch||Thomas Paxton, PA|
|Michelle Bowman||William Anderson, VA|
|Mary Ann Brown||Holeman Rice, VA|
|Virginia Brunner||George Yates, VA|
|Enid Crabb||Joseph Wasson, NC|
|Victoria Cunningham||Hezekiah Mount, NJ|
|Jane Dixon||Benjamin Harmon, CT|
|Jan Haeker||Henry Garrett, VA|
|Sandra Hartman||Hezekiah Mount, NJ|
|Marsha Hayes||Henry Lane Sr., NJ|
|Virginia Hunter||Job Bristol, VT|
|Elizabeth Hutchinson||Isaac Wedge, CT|
|Patricia Johnson||William Hudnall, VA|
|Jean Krase||Moses Coats, PA|
|Ronda Lowderman||John Hardesty, PA|
|Amanda Maxfield||William Hudnall, VA|
|Monna Metzger||John Adam Shaffer, PA|
|Phyllis Metzger||John Adam Shaffer, PA|
|Ann Otte||George Trimball, VA|
|Neva Parks||William Albin, PA|
|Suzie Pickering||George Cressman, A|
|Patricia Prowell||Timothy Ayer, CT|
|Vada Ramsour||Belcher Starkweather CT|
|Patricia Schneider||Jacob Hepler PA|
|Olive Schoof||John Hardesty PA|
|Jody Sellers||Samuel Craig KY|
|Sarahmae Swanson||John Adam Bottorff PA|
|Shawna Vunovich||John Anderson, SC|
|Margaret White||William Anderson VA|