• 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

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.