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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



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Visual Evidence

Photo 1: Wagons on the Santa Fe Trail, late 19th century.[Photo 1] with link to larger version of image.
(Western History Collection, Denver Public Library, Santa Fe Railway photo)

Questions for Photo 1

1. It is likely that this photo was taken as the Santa Fe Railroad was being constructed. It probably shows army wagons carrying supplies to Fort Union and other military posts in the West. Why do you think there were so many wagons making the trip?

2. Look carefully at the landscape shown in this photo. Review Map 2. Where do you think these wagons might have been located?

3. What difficulties might a wagon train have encountered in a place like this?

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