Cradle of the Santa Fe Trail - New Franklin, MO
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N 39° 01.033 W 092° 44.188
15S E 522814 N 4318720
Stone marker to signify the starting point for the Sante Fe Trail
Waymark Code: WM14J5B
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 07/14/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member coisos
Views: 3

County of object: Howard County
Location of object: Plaza in center of E. Broadway, New Franklin
Built: 1909
Erected by: Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri

"20. Center of E. Broadway, opposite 122 E. Broadway. Santa Fe Trail Marker, 1913.
This large red granite boulder was placed at this location on 1913. It is approximately five feet tall, of rough stone with a large bronze plaque on one side. A three-globe cast iron street light on the top of the stone was added sometime before 1940, per historic photos. A small paved plaza with a flag pole and historical interpretive signs was built around the stone within the last few decades. [c object]" ~ NRHP Nomination Form [link below]

Text on the marker:

Captain William Becknell of Franklin
"Father of the Santa Fe Trail"
With Four Companions, Led the First Organized
Trade Expediton To Santa Fe, September 1st 1821

"Cradle of the Sante Fe Trail


This Trail
One of the Great Highways of the World
Stretched Nearly One Thousand Miles From
Franklin, Missouri To Santa Fe, New Mexico

"From Civilization To Sundown"

Marked By The
Daughters of the American Revolution
and the
State of Missouri

Who placed it?: Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Missouri

When was it placed?: 1909

Who is honored?: Travelers along the Sante Fe Trail

Website about the Monument: [Web Link]

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