Travel the trail by reading exhibits in towns across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The mountain route through Colorado afforded more water sources for weary Santa Fe travelers.
Did You Know?
After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, the United States acquired almost half of Mexico's lands, including New Mexico. Trade and military freighting on the historic Santa Fe Trail boomed, with both firms and individuals obtaining and subcontracting lucrative government contracts.