Santa Fe Trail - Baldwin City Trail Park marker
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N 38° 47.450 W 095° 11.200
15S E 310086 N 4295836
Quick Description: This marker is located in Trail Park, Northwest of Baldwin City, Kansas.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 11/30/2008 12:27:12 PM
Waymark Code: WM5942
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cosninocanines
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Long Description:
This large red granite marker was placed by the Lawrence and Ottawa Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1907 as part of the project to mark the trail throughout the state of Kansas. The scene is of a wagon being pulled by 4 oxen through trees with a man on horse back nearby. Another wagon is up ahead.

The inscription reads:
This marks the the Route of the Santa Fe Trail. Kansas City to Santa Fe 1822 to 1880.
The Circles represent the seals of the State of Kansas and of the City of Santa Fe. This is the same red granite that is used for the smaller markers throught Kansas.
Road of Trail Name: Santa Fe Trail

State: Kansas

County: Douglas

Historical Significance:
This part of the trail was in heavy use, especially in the pre-Civil War era.


Years in use: 1822 to 1880

How you discovered it:
I started following a book called "Following the Santa Fe Trail - A Guide for Modern Travellers" This guidebook gives the locations of the significant sites of the trail and the background stories. It is a good read even if you aren't following the trail.


Book on Wagon Road or Trial:
Following the Santa Fe Trail - A Guide for Modern Travellers by Marc Simmons and Hal Jackson


Website Explination:
Following the Santa Fe Trail - A Guide for Modern Travellers by Marc Simmons and Hal Jackson


Why?:
From the National Park Service website:
http://www.nps.gov/safe/historyculture/index.htm

Between 1821 and 1880, the Santa Fe Trail was primarily a commercial highway connecting Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1821 until 1846, it was an international commercial highway used by Mexican and American traders. In 1846, the Mexican-American War began. The Army of the West followed the Santa Fe Trail to invade New Mexico. When the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war in 1848, the Santa Fe Trail became a national road connecting the United States to the new southwest territories. Commercial freighting along the trail continued, including considerable military freight hauling to supply the southwestern forts. The trail was also used by stagecoach lines, thousands of gold seekers heading to the California and Colorado gold fields, adventurers, fur trappers, and emigrants. In 1880 the railroad reached Santa Fe and the trail faded into history.


Directions:
From US Hwy 56 go North on North 6th Street about 3/4 of a mile.


Visit Instructions:
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