Sapling Grove along the Santa Fe Trail lives in history as the first "camp of commerce." These exhibits in Overland Park, Kansas tell the tales of emigrants, Indians, missionaries, traders, trappers, and federal troops that passed by and utilized Sapling Grove campground.
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Wood, Water, Grass
Traders and Trappers
Emigrants and Missionaries
Did You Know?
In 1821, the eastern terminus of the historic Santa Fe Trail was Franklin, Missouri; by 1832, Independence, Missouri; and by 1845, at Westport Landing, now Kansas City, Missouri. Textiles and hardware were traded west; silver and mules were traded east.