Junior Wagon Master
Helen Kilian and Coreen Kolisko
Welcome! Glad to have you on the Santa Fe Trail wagon train! I'm Jake, by the way, the Wagon Master. It's good that you happened by, because I'm in need of helpers up and down the Trail! After you learn about the Santa Fe Trail and complete the activities, I'll make you an official Junior Wagon Master!
Hopefully you'll bring friends and family along on this adventure, so there's four different activity booklets for you to choose from based upon your age. When you finish a section of the trail, you'll earn a patch (see below). There are four sections to the trail, so you have plenty of places to explore!
Junior Wagon Master - Freighter Edition (Ages 9-11)
The program booklets are available at the following Santa Fe Trail sites. (small file pdf, 70 KB)
These are large files. Please be patient.
Freighter - Eastern with Introduction (Franklin, Missouri, to Gardner, Kansas), 5.5 MB, PDF
Freighter - Central (Council Grove, Kansas, to Dodge City, Kansas), 3.8 MB, PDF
Freighter - Mountain and Cimarron Routes (Cimarron, Kansas, to Watrous, New Mexico, or Elkhart, Kansas, to Las Vegas, New Mexico),
Freighter - Western (Pecos, New Mexico, to Santa Fe, New Mexico), 3 MB, PDF
Questions? Contact us!
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Did You Know?
Opened in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became the lifeline for protection and communication between Missouri and Santa Fe. Military forts opened along the route to protect trail travel and trade, and freighting and merchant operations boomed.