• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

    National Historic Trail CO,KS,MO,NM,OK

Kansas Exhibits

Travel the trail by reading exhibits in towns across Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Kansas saw a lot of trail traffic from 1821 to 1880.

 
Westport_Town of Kansas
Have you been to Westport Landing? Nine wayside exhibits tell the stories of the people, the bridges, the Town of Kansas, and the goods transported by steamboat up the Missouri River in the 1800s.
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Did You Know?

A barbed wire fence and windmill are near the Point of Rocks formation on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail in New Mexico

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.