The historic marker located at this site tells how the Chisholm Trail passed through Newton. Between the years of 1867 to 1871 the trail wound northward on Plum Street, crossing Sand Creek between Ninth and Tenth streets. In one year more than 600,000 cattle pounded the earth along this trail on their way to Abilene.
Newton spent one season as the terminus of the railhead in 1871 before it moved south to Wichita the following summer. The historic marker is a portion of limestone that once adorned the original Harvey County Courthouse.