• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

    California

    National Historic Trail CA,CO,ID,KS,MO,NE,NV,OR,UT,WY

Minor Park

The Santa Fe, Oregon, and California national historic trails (NHTs) passed through Minor Park in the Kansas City, Missouri area. The Oregon and California trails provided pathways to the Pacific for fur traders, gold seekers, missionaries, and emigrants. The Santa Fe Trail was an international road for American and Mexican traders. Check it out!

 
Trail Hazards

Trail Hazards
The deep ruts left by Santa Fe Trail wagons in the mid-1800s are still clearly visible at Minor Park. Why? This outdoor exhibit will give you some clues!
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Did You Know?

Donner Springs and Pilot Peak in the west desert of Utah.

This spring provided the first source of fresh water for emigrant wagon trains after traveling the long hard, waterless drive across nearly 100 miles of Utah Desert. It is named in honor of the ill-fated Donner-Reed party which stopped at the springs on their way to California in the fall of 1846. More...