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Kaw Nation and the Santa Fe Trail

People of the Southwind exhibit at the Santa Fe Trail Center

The People of the Southwind exhibit is located at the Santa Fe Trail Center in Larned, Kansas.

The success of western routes of travel, such as the Santa Fe Trail, and American demand for land in the West forced the Kaw Nation (Kanza) to relocate several times. Three exhibits about the Kaw and the impacts of the trail are placed in Council Grove, Kansas, at Kaw Mission Historic Site, and Larned, Kansas, at the Santa Fe Trail Center. Exhibits were designed in collaboration with the Kaw Nation and funded by the National Park Service's Challenge Cost Share Program and the Santa Fe Trail Association.

To view all three exhibits, click here (1.2 MB pdf, 3 pages).

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

Missourian William Becknell was successfull in reaching Santa Fe for trade after the Mexican Revolution of 1821. Prior to that time, Spain had vigorously protected the borders of its New Mexico colony. Becknell is considered the "father" of the historic Santa Fe Trail.