Saturday, July 15, 2017
Before the Sac and Fox, the Buffalo
The Dragoon Trace in Ringgold County follows a path originally made by migrating animals (deer, buffalo) and then by Native Americans. In 1843 a fort was built at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers just North of the present Iowa Cubs Principal Park in Des Moines.
Fort Des Moines was built to protect the Sac and Fox natives from other tribes. In 1845 Chief Keokuk led the Sac and Fox from Iowa along the Dragoon Trace to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The following year Iowa became a state and within ten years settlers were following the Trace into Ringgold County.