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Santa Fe Trail

In 1821, the land beyond Missouri was a vast uncharted region called home to great buffalo herds and unhappy Indians, angered over the continual westward expansion of the white man. Before Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, the Spanish banned trade between Santa Fe and the United States. After independence, Mexico encouraged trade. Though numerous dangers awaited him, Captain William Becknell was determined to make the trip through waterless plains and war-like Indians to trade with the distant Mexicans in New Mexico.

Army Train Crossing Plains, 1858

Army Train Crossing Plains, 1858

Arrow Rock, MO - Boardwalk

Arrow Rock, MO - Boardwalk

Arrow Rock, MO - Huston Tavern

Arrow Rock, MO - Huston Tavern

Arrow Rock, MO - Landing, 1910

Arrow Rock, MO - Landing, 1910

Arrow Rock, MO - Lyceum Theater

Arrow Rock, MO - Lyceum Theater

Arrow Rock, MO - Main Street

Arrow Rock, MO - Main Street

Arrow Rock, MO - Old School

Arrow Rock, MO - Old School

Barton Co, KS - Fort Zarah Sign

Barton Co, KS - Fort Zarah Sign

Bent's Fort, CO

Bent's Fort, CO

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Courtyard

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Courtyard

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Courtyard - 2

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Courtyard - 2

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Courtyard - 3

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Courtyard - 3

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Room

Bent's Fort, CO - Interior Room

Bent's Fort, CO - Trading Post Interior

Bent's Fort, CO - Trading Post Interior

Bent's Fort, CO - Wagon & Oxen

Bent's Fort, CO - Wagon & Oxen

Bents Fort, CO - Dining Room

Bents Fort, CO - Dining Room

Bents Fort, CO - Edward Dorris Grave

Bents Fort, CO - Edward Dorris Grave

Bents Fort, CO - Flag

Bents Fort, CO - Flag

Boggsville, CO

Boggsville, CO

Boggsville, CO - Boggs House

Boggsville, CO - Boggs House