• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

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

Westport Landing, Town of Kansas

One of nine exhibits at Westport Landing, Town of Kansas

One of nine exhibits at Westport Landing, Town of Kansas.

Since 1821, traders on the Santa Fe Trail had brought their goods by steamboat as far up the Missouri River as possible before departing on foot and wagon for Santa Fe. Landings continued to move farther and farther west along the river and by the late 1830s Santa Fe traders disembarked here at Westport Landing – just before the river's northward bend.

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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

Travel on the historic Santa Fe Trail moved in both directions, with Missouri traders heading for Santa Fe with goods, and Hispanic traders from New Mexico heading east to Missouri.