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?
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.