The Santa Fe Trail stirs imaginations as few other historic trails can. For 60 years, the trail was one thread in a web of international routes. Visit here often to read the stories of the trail through original exhibits. Then journey to the sites!
The exhibits can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download this free program, click here. If you have a slow Internet connection, it may take a few minutes to access the files.
Did You Know?
In 1821, the eastern terminus of the historic Santa Fe Trail was Franklin, Missouri; by 1832, Independence, Missouri; and by 1845, at Westport Landing, now Kansas City, Missouri. Textiles and hardware were traded west; silver and mules were traded east.