• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

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

Nine Mile Point

Nine Mile Point exhibit

The Santa Fe Trail passed through Nine Mile Point. In 1823, the official survey of the Santa Fe Trail began, and surveyors laid down their chains, arriving at this point and making note of the "trace" of the trail leading off toward Santa Fe. It was the earliest government documentation of any place on the trail. Click here to view the two exhibits (1 MB, pdf).

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.