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Property Name Donahue's Santa Fe Trail Segment
Reference Number R_A_16000705
State KS
County Marion
Town Durham
Street Address Address Restricted
Multiple Property Submission Name Santa Fe Trail MPS
Status Listed 10/11/2016
Areas of Significance Transportation, Commerce, Archeology (Historic-Non-Aboriginal)
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Donahue's Santa Fe Trail Segment 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 and under Criterion D for its potential to yield information about this route through central Kansas. The site, together with the surrounding landscape, retains a good degree of integrity in terms of location, setting, feeling, and association required for registration. Its period of significance begins with the initiation of commercial traffic over this segment of the trail in 1821 and ends with the cessation of longdistance trail traffic in Marion County in 1866 with the arrival of the railroad. This site 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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