• freight wagons on the Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe

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

Whittington Center

Exhibit at the Whittington Center

Whittington Center

This exhibit focuses on the trail in the area of the Colorado-New Mexico border and is located at the NRA Whittington Center - Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest. Click here to view the exhibit (853 KB, pdf).

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.