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Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway

 
 
The Santa Fe Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
1. The Santa Fe Trail Marker
Inscription.  Near to where you are standing is the route of one of the great overland trails of one of the great overland trails of the old west. Established in 1821, as a trade route between Franklin, Missouri, in the United States, and Santa Fe, then part of Mexico, it covered 900 grueling miles and took up to two and one half months to travel. It preceded by 20 years the great emigrant trails to the north and, unlike the more northern trails, this trail was an international route of commerce. Pioneered by William Becknell in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became an important trade route with traffic moving in both directions. When Santa Fe effectively became part of the United States after the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, trade barriers were removed and traffic increased, but the need for the trail ended with the arrival of the railroad in 1880.

Trail Sites

Santa Fe Plaza

Here, traders celebrated the end of the grueling 900-mile trip or loaded goods for a trip heading east.

San Miguel del Vado Church
This church, founded in 1806, was part of the first settlement encountered by early travelers
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on the Santa Fe Trail. A customs station here exacted tariffs from wagon trains headed to Santa Fe.

Kearny Gap
Named years later for General Stephen Kearny, who took possession of New Mexico for the United States, this pass saw the arrival of William Becknell in 1821 and the opening up of the Santa Fe Trail. The exhibit is off of Highway 25 on Mineral Hill Road.


 
Erected by America's Byways.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionRoads & VehiclesWar, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Santa Fe Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1821.
 
Location. 35° 40.979′ N, 105° 56.261′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Old Santa Fe Trail south of East De Vargas Trail. Marker is located behind the Lamy Building, in front of the Santa Fe Visitor Information Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 491 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life on the Trail (here, next to this marker); A Long Haul (here, next to this marker); Lamy Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Pink Adobe (within shouting
The Santa Fe Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
2. The Santa Fe Trail Marker
Marker is behind the Lamy Building, and in front of the Santa Fe Visitor Information Center.
distance of this marker); San Miguel Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Oldest" House (within shouting distance of this marker); Barrio de Analco (within shouting distance of this marker); Mother Magdalen and the Sisters of Loretto (1852-1968) (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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