"In 1902, Kansas Daughters began their dream of service to Kansas history by kicking off a campaign to place markers along the Santa Fe Trail in the state. They secured red granite boulders of varying size for the markers, at a cost of about $16 per boulder. At that time, there were only around 300 members in the entire state, so help from the communities was essential. By 1906, the Daughters had enough money for 86 markers and began to arrange their dedication.
One hundred years later, (then) State Regent Shirley S. Coupal chose as her project to survey all the DAR markers on the Santa Fe Trail in Kansas and make whatever repairs were necessary to allow them to proudly stand for another century. Bases were repaired and lettering was refurbished." (Wording from http://kansasdar.org/history.htm)