Teter Rock is the Gateway to a Town Once Known as Teterville
Posted On 09/09/2020 09:34:33
Kansas | Teter Rock | Teterville | James Teter | Cottonwood River | Monument | Off-The-Beaten-Path | Unique | Quirky
In the 1920s, those searching for the community near the Teter Oil Fields would look for the pile of
rocks built by James Teter. Nicknamed Teter Rock, the monument slowly dwindled away as the rocks
were used in the construction of some of the buildings that formed the town of Teterville. Although
today's only remnants of the town are a few dilapidated foundations (and lots of cows), Teter Rock was
eventually rebuilt to honor to town's namesake.
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Would you drive for 30 minutes to see this?
I love quirky and unique off-the-beaten-path sights. Once I read about Teterville, I knew that I
had to convince Scott to go there. It was less than 30 minutes away from El Dorado State Park
where we were camped, and we would still have time to enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim. All
that's left of Teterville today are some broken down foundations - plus a reproduction of the Teter
Rock "monument" built to honor James Teter.
Well ... we saw Teter Rock and even went on to take in the view from Texaco Hill, another find that
I read about. As we were headed back to our campsite, our plans changed! We made what we
thought would be our last stop at a highway overlook. After reading the historical plaques, we
loaded up in our car.
Immediately upon starting the engine, the tire pressure warning light came on and we started
hearing a hissing sound. Yes - we had a flat tire! Instead of swimming in El Dorado Lake, we
spent the afternoon unloading the cargo area of the SUV, changing the flat tire, driving to a
Discount Tire, buying two new tires and waiting for them to be installed. All's well that ends well!
(Not sure if I will ever be able to talk Scott into finding some more unique roadside art.)
What types of places do you enjoy finding on road trips?