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?
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.