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Property Name Santa Fe Trail- Ford County Segment 2
Reference Number 13000488
State Kansas
County Ford
Town Ford
Street Address SW corner Ridge Rd & 129th Rd
Multiple Property Submission Name Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail (2012)
Status Listed 7/17/2013
Areas of Significance Transportation, Commerce, Military
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The Santa Fe Trail - Ford County Segment 2, also known as Fowler's Ruts, is nationally significant as part of the Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail revised multiple property nomination under Criterion A for its association with transportation and commerce along the Santa Fe Trail from 1821 to 1867. This site is also nationally significant under Criterion D for its potential to yield information about trail travelers and about this section of the Wet Route. The site, together with the surrounding landscape, retains a good degree of integrity in terms of location, setting, feeling, and association required for registration. The trail segment materially reflects important historic events outlined in the historic contexts: International Trade on the Mexican Road, 1821-1846; The Mexican-American War and the Santa Fe Trail, 1846-1848; Expanding National Trade on the Santa Fe Trail , 1848-1861 ; The Effects of the Civil War on the Santa Fe Trail, 1861-1865; and the Santa Fe Trail and the Railroad, 1865-1880, as well as The Santa Fe Trail in Kansas.


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