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?
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.