• 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

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.