1 … The Trail ran from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe, in what is now New Mexico. Source: See Santa Fe Trail Writing Credits. William Becknell opened the trail, with an epic trek from Missouri to Santa Fe in September-November of 1821. Back in the 1700 and 1800’s, this was known as the dry route because there wasn’t a reliable source of water over much of it. “See where the grass dips a little?” he says. Like the Oregon Trail, another famous wagon trail, it began in Independence, Missouri. View trail photo galleries, connect on social media, explore deeper on mobile apps, watch videos, and check out other digital media! Learn more with the brochure. “Council Grove was the most important stop on the Santa Fe Trail,” says Don Cress, who founded the local chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association. In 1849, with the discovery of gold in California, westbound emigrants, in increasing numbers, traveled the Santa Fe Trail to Bent’s Fort, then journeyed northward by trail along the base of the Rocky Mountains to Fort Laramie and beyond. In the middle 1800s, hundreds of thousands of travelers braved the Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to New Mexico to trade with the new territories out West. Gathered in the shade of a 70-foot-tall oak, a council of U.S. commissioners and Osage chiefs forged the agreement in exchange for $800. Commemorate the 200th Anniversary Journey across five states and 200 years of history during the Bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail.
Fight for Your Life a Story of Danger on the Santa Fe Trail
by Miller, Mark