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.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured 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 Maralyn Budke (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,  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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 23, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 2. submitted on August 24, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.