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

A Two Way Street

Amelia White Park

 

— Santa Fe National Historic Trail —

 
A Two Way Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2014
1. A Two Way Street Marker
Inscription.  The Santa Fe Trail passed through what is now Amelia White Park. The paved road to the right, Old Santa Fe Trail, follows the path and ruts of the original trail route, whose travelers came from a variety of backgrounds. From the start, Hispanic traders made use of this two way street. From New Mexico, they traveled over the Santa Fe Trail, just as others came west. Traveling to St. Louis, New York, London, Paris, they sold raw goods from New Mexico, and purchased finished goods to sell in Santa Fe and other parts of Mexico.
 
Erected by Santa Fe Trail Association, Old Santa Fe Trail Neighborhood Association, and the City of Santa Fe.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRoads & Vehicles.
 
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 one mile of this marker, measured
The Marker Faces Old Santa Fe Trail image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2014
2. The Marker Faces Old Santa Fe Trail
as the crow flies. Santa Fe Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Lamy Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); The "Oldest" House (approx. 0.8 miles away); San Miguel Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Inez Bushner Gill (1918–1982) and Maralyn Budke (1936–2010) (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mother Magdalen and the Sisters of Loretto (1852-1968) (approx. 0.9 miles away); Kateri Tekakwitha (approx. one mile away); Don Diego de Vargas Zapata Luján Ponce de León, El Marques de la Nava de Barcinas (approx. one mile 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, [1821] 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
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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 412 times since then and 26 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.
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