• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

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New Santa Fe Cemetery

The Santa Fe, Oregon, and California national historic trails (NHTs) passed through "New Santa Fe" 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 Remnants at New Santa Fe Cemetery

New Santa Fe Cemetery
Teamsters created this route, urging heavy freight wagons to and from New Mexico. In the 1840s-50s, pioneer families traveled this part of the Santa Fe Trail as they started west to Oregon and California. (1009 KB pdf)

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Visitors at Alcove Spring along the Blue River in Northeastern Kansas.

Emigrants often camped for days at Alcove Spring in Northeastern Kansas as they waited for Spring floods to subside. The location was very peacful and had good water and grass for livestock. The ill-fated Donner & Reed wagon train had their first casualty here in 1846 when Sarah Keys died. More...