Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
American (b. 1897)
Post Office Oak, Council Grove [Kansas], c. 1940
Lithograph with hand watercolor
At the base of the Post Office Oak in Council Grove travelers on Santa Fe Trail left messages for incoming and outgoing wagon's trains. At the base of the tree was a cache for that purpose. This oak was located on the old camp ground of the trailsman known as Madonna Park.