what was life like on the santa fe trail
Fight for Your Life a Story of Danger on the Santa Fe Trail
by Miller, Mark
Missing dust jacket; Readable copy. In 1880 a railroad reached Santa Fe, and the use of the Santa Fe Trail declined. In the 19th century the Santa Fe Trail was one of the longest and most important trade routes in the United States. The Santa Fe Trail Association is composed of people of all ages and walks of life who are bound together by an interest in the fascinating saga of the Trail, and an interest in preserving its many physical traces and landmarks that still exist upon the face of the American West. “That’s it. They left Missouri and were headed to Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Trail was a 19th-century route through central North America that connected Franklin, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Trail was active for the next fifty years until the railroad arrived. William Becknell opened the trail, with an epic trek from Missouri to Santa Fe in September-November of 1821. There is no better way to understand what it was like to travel west in wagon trains, across hundreds of miles of unmarked prairie, fighting the elements, bandits and Indians along the way. It makes all of my monk friends very happy! lots of love and thanks! 1 … “It stuck with me that I lived where the Kaw Indians once lived.”. “Council Grove was the most important stop on the Santa Fe Trail,” says Don Cress, who founded the local chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association. “Thousands of merchants traveled the Santa Fe Trail. Before Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, the Spanish banned trade between Santa Fe and the United States. Sixteen miles south is the 11,000-acre Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, the country’s only national park dedicated to preserving a remnant of prairie. Facts about the Santa Fe Trail History for kids. Council Grove was an international trading post,” says McClintock, a historian who portrays Hays during Wah-Shun-Gah Days, a community celebration held the third weekend in June. William Becknell (1787 or 1788 – April 30, 1865) was an American soldier, politician, and freight operator who is credited by Americans with opening the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window). Santa Fe Trail, in U.S. history, famed wagon trail from Independence, Mo., to Santa Fe, N.M., an important commercial route (1821–80).Opened by William Becknell, a trader, the trail was used by merchant wagon caravans travelling in parallel columns, which, when Indians attacked, as they did frequently between 1864 and 1869, could quickly form a circular line of defense. People carried goods along the route in covered wagons drawn by teams of horses, mules, or oxen. Council Grove also has preserved the trunks of two other landmark trees: the Post Office Oak that served as an unofficial post office for travelers who left messages at its base, and the Custer Elm where Gen. George Armstrong Custer camped while patrolling the trail. Your email address will not be published. Soon, many traders, as well as the military, were traveling the route. And this was the last place to buy beans, sow belly, and whiskey until you got to Santa Fe,” Cress says. Trade was limited again during the Civil War (1861-1865), but by the late 1860s, activity along the trail had resumed. Council Grove has been called the birthplace of the Santa Fe Trail because of the treaty signed here Aug. 10, 1825, giving Americans safe passage through Osage Indian land. William and Charles Bent, Ceran St. Vrain and Company led a party and wagons eastbound from Santa Fe, New Mexico in the late summer, traveled by way of Taos and Raton Pass to Bent’s Fort; then came down the Arkansas River to the Santa Fe Trail, opening the Bent’s Fort Santa Fe Trail.