The Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails split at Gardner Junction — just outside of Gardner, Kansas — and was a place of commerce for many. The exhibits below tell the tales of farmers, fortune seekers, Indians, missionaries, traders, and soldiers that passed this way.
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Visit the Trails - East
Visit the Trails - Northwest
Visit the Trail - West
Following Their Dreams
Apprehension and Conflict
Eye of the Needle
From Prairie Schooners To Locomotives
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.