Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
A Two Way Street
Amelia White Park
— Santa Fe National Historic Trail —
Erected by Santa Fe Trail Association, Old Santa Fe Trail Neighborhood Association, and the City of Santa Fe.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Santa Fe Trail series list.
Location. 35° 40.353′ N, 105° 55.901′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker is on Old Santa Fe Trail (Old U.S. 66) west of Camino Corrales, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Santa Fe Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Journey's End (approx. half a mile away); Santa Fe Trail - Road to Opportunity (approx. half a mile away); Kearny's Gap Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Trade Transforms Art (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Artist's Garden (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mexican Colonial House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
Also see . . . A History of the Santa Fe Trail. Harry C. Myer’s article on the Santa Fe Trail Association website. Excerpt: “On the afternoon of November 13th,  just south of Las Vegas, New Mexico, [Captain Don Pedro Ignacio] Gallego’s soldiers saw six men heading their way. William Becknell and his five companions from Missouri had arrived in New Mexico. Gallego sent Becknell and his party into Santa Fe the next day to meet with the Governor. On November 16 [New Mexico] Governor Facundo Melgares, aware of Mexican Independence, welcomed Becknell and his men and asked them to return to Missouri and bring more goods into New Mexico. Legend has it that when William Becknell rode into Franklin on his return in January 1822, a rawhide bag of silver coins was slashed open and spilled to the cobblestone street, the profits of the meager goods taken to Santa Fe. This Missouri town, and indeed the whole state, caught the fever and the Santa Fe trade was off and running. Not to be outdone, there is evidence that within the next couple of years, New Mexicans also joined in the trade and made good profits.” (Submitted on August 24, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 23, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2. submitted on August 24, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.