Original Route END
This road sign should be placed where the segment of road that corresponds to the historic original route alignment of the trail ends. In many cases where the modern road deviates somewhat (is on and off of the historic trail alignment), each individual segment or minor deviation need not be identified and signed. As discussed in the description for use of the Original Route sign, proximity should be the guideline. If the historic trail proximity to the modern road can be easily perceived by the driver, it is not necessary to use this sign. If the modern road clearly deviates from the historic alignment and the historic route is no longer visible in any way, then placing a sign where the end of the historic original route ends may be appropriate and necessary.
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.