Auto Tour Route Sign
The Auto Tour Route sign is intended to mark an all weather road route that more or less follows the historic route of the trail. Similar to Local Tour Route signs, Auto Tour Route signs are intended to guide the public to be in proximity to the historic route. Historic Site Name signs are then used to direct the public from the auto tour route to historic trail sites and segments. Note that the Auto Tour Route signs are not intended to mark the trail or to convey to the public that they are on or following the trail itself. Original Route signs are used for this purpose.
Did You Know?
Opened in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became the lifeline for protection and communication between Missouri and Santa Fe. Military forts opened along the route to protect trail travel and trade, and freighting and merchant operations boomed.