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?
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.