When is a metal detector part of historical research?
Interns Matt Cantril and Matt Leverich discovered its use (and drawbacks) when working in southern Pottawatomie County Friday, October 11. After much analysis of old maps and newspapers, they think they may have located a portion of the Roosevelt Midland Trail passing through Pottawatomie County, Kansas around 1914. The Midland Trail was a major transcontinental auto route in the early days of Model T travel. Working in Riley County as well, the interns think this early route had many names. It may actually have been originally part of the Military Trail connecting Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley in the 1850s.