Bart Smith Photography

​Walking Down a Dream

Santa Fe Trail

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    Building Mural, Boonville, Missouri. First day of my walk of the Santa Fe Trail from Boonville MO, to Santa Fe NM.
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    Mural, Boonville, Missouri.
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    Wood carving depicting historic local Chief. Blackwater Missouri.
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    Big Springs, an important water source along the Santa Fe Trail, Arrow Rock State Historic Site. Missouri
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    Huston Tavern, the oldest continuous restaurant west of the Mississippi. Santa Fe Travelers stayed and ate here.
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    My camp at Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Missouri.
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    Monument placed by the Daughters of the American revolution designating Santa Fe Trail in the hamlet of Grand Pass, Missouri.
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    Original trace of Santa Fe trail beside HW 24 a few miles west of Lexington Missouri.
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    Blacksmith station at Fort Osage. An important stop along the Santa Fe Trail. The location and design of the fort were from William Clark.
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    Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. An important stop along the Santa Fe Trail. The location and design of the fort were from William Clark.
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    Wild Stallion Saloon, Independence Missouri. Along HW 24 and the Santa Fe Trail.
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    Mural by Thomas Hart Benton at the Truman Library and Museum, Independence Missouri.
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    Preserved section of Santa fe Trail at Schumacher Park, Greater Kansas City, Ks.
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    Spider, (Metepeira Labyrnithea), #1 near Gardener Kansas
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    Spider, (Metepeira Labyrnithea), #2 near Gardener Kansas
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    Former site of the village of Brooklyn, Kansas.
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    Santa Fe Trail High School near Overbrook, Kansas.
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    Club 4 Corners Steak House near Scranton, Kansas. I had the shrimp plate, it was good.
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    Daughters of the American Revolution Monument near McGee-Harris Stage Station, Near Scranton Kansas.
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    Remnants of McGee-Harris Stage Station, Near Scranton Kansas. (On private property)
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    Santa Fe Trail crossing west of Scranton Kansas.
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    Santa Fe trail Collision Center, Burlingame, Kansas.
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    Remnants of Havana Stage Station a few miles west of Burlingame, Kansas.
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    Samuel Hunt tomb stone (He was a Dragoon who died along the trail in 1835) near Havana Stage Station a few miles west of Burlingame, Kansas.
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    Morning dew on prairie grasses #1. Near Wilmington, Kansas.
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    Morning dew on prairie grasses #2. Near Wilmington, Kansas.
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    Morning dew on prairie grasses #3. Near Wilmington, Kansas.
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    Sign designating Santa Fe Trail Ruts in cow pasture. East of Council Grove, Kansas.
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    Mail box. East of Council Grove, Kansas.
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    Shored up remnants of building which served as the Kaw Commissary. A few miles south of Council Grove, Kansas.
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    Flint Hills Trail from Council Grove to Kaw Commissary. Kansas.
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    Protected stump of the tree where George Sibley signed a Treaty with the Osage allowing travelers safe passage along the Santa Fe Trail. Council Grove, Kansas.
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    Hay House, Council Grove, Kansas.
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    Madonna of the Trail, Memorial to Pioneer Mothers, Council Grove ,Kansas.
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    Council Grove, Kansas.
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    Last Chance Store. Council Grove, Kansas.
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    Proprietor (and all around good guy) of Trail Days Cafe and Museum. Council Grove, Kansas.
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    Vending machines, Wilsey, Kansas. Luckily I had some quarters.
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    "The wide open can pry ones heart like a crow bar on a sardine can" Infinite Dust
    Along the Santa Fe Trail west of Six Mile Crossing Stage Station. Kansas.
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    Throne to Heaven
    Abandoned homestead, east of Durham, Kansas.
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    Sunrise near Durham, Kansas.
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    Outskirts of Durham, Kansas.
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    Along the Santa Fe Trail near Durham, Kansas.
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    Camp in a hedge grove east of McPherson, Kansas.
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    Modern day tilling, east of McPherson, Kansas.
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    Monument near historic camp Grierson, east of Lyons, Kansas.
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    Prairie grasses and flowers covering west section of "Ralphs Ruts". East of Great Bend, Kansas.
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    Buffalo Bill's Well at Cow Creek Crossing
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    My right shoe.
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    House on the prairie, east of Great Bend, Kansas.
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    On the outskirts on Great Bend, Kansas.
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    Monument atop Pawnee Rock, an imprortant landmark along the Santa Fe Trail outside the village of Pawnee, Kansas.
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    Pawnee Rock, an important landmark along the Santa Fe Trail outside the village of Pawnee, Kansas.
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    Antique shop, Pawnee Rock, Kansas.
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    Remnants of wagon, Santa Fe Trail Center, outside town of Larned, Kansas.
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    Boy Scout Museum Larned, Kansas.
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    Sign at Sod House Museum, Kinsley, Kansas.
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    Mural in village of Offerle, Kansas.
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    Camp near Offerle, Kansas.
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    Metal sculpture entering Dodge City, Kansas.
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    Sculpture of Wyatte Earp near down town Dodge City, Kansas.
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    From under a bridge outside of Dodge City, Kansas.
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    Montezuma, Kansas along the Cimarron cut-off section of the Santa Fe Trail.
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    Monarch Butterfly migration on tree outside of Copeland Kansas.
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    Monarch Butterfly migration on tree outside of Sublette Kansas.
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    Aerial view of Point of Rocks, an important landmark along the Cimarron Cut-off section of the Santa Fe Trail. Cimarron national Grassland
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    Aerial view of Point of Rocks, an important landmark along the Cimarron Cut-off section of the Santa Fe Trail. Cimarron National Grassland
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    Sunset from camp in Cimarron National Grasslands.
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    Sunrise from Santa Fe Trail in Oklahoma Panhandle . West of Boise City, Ok.
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    Mule deer, in front of the important geologic feature along the Santa Fe Trail know as Rabbit Ear Mountain. Oklahoma Panhandle.
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    Swale of Santa Fe Trail comming out of the North Canadian River at Mckees Crossing. New Mexicao
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    Moonrise over Santa Fe Trail ruts along Kiowa National Grasslands north of Clayton, New Mexico.
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    Evening skies over Santa Fe Trail ruts through Kiowa National Grasslands north of Clayton, New Mexico.
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    Power line heading towards Round Mound Mt, an imprtant landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. North of Clayton, New Mexico.
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    Round Mound, an important landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. Southwest of Greenville, New Mexico.
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    Seeking cover from approaching storm in remains of homestead, Southwest of Greenville, New Mexico.
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    Burial site of Isaac Allen, 1872, along the Santa Fe Trail. Point of Rocks are on private property . Thank you Faye for for your kindness.
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    Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. Near La Junta, CO.
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    Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. Near La Junta, CO.
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    The Santa Fe Trail traverses the mesa above the roofline of the abandoned house, east of Springer New Mexico.
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    Wagon Mound, a landmark along the Santa Fe Trail from cemetary. New Mexico.
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    Wagon Mound Cemetery, Wagon Mound, New Mexico
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    Fort Union. New Mexico.
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    Remains of storage warehouse at Fort Union. Fort union National Monument, New mexico.
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    Contrail from camp, Kearny Gap. New Mexico.
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    Adobe building in San Miguel New Mexico.
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    Adobe building in San Miguel New Mexico.
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    View out window of old adobe building. San Miguel, new Mexico.
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    Interior of San Miguel Mission. San Miguel, New Mexico.
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    Crow, near San Jose del vago, New Mexico.
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    Inside Kiva. Pecos National Historic Park, New Mexico.
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    View from interior of Pecos Church ruin. Pecos National Historic Park. New Mexico.
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    Thunderhead behind Pecos Church ruin. Pecos National Historic Park. New Mexico.
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    Abandoned Route 66 cabin near Glorieta Pass, New Mexico.
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    Cemetery at Canoncito, New Mexico.
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    Sculpture depicting arrival of Trading wagons into Santa Fe commemorating the western terminus of the Santa Fe Trail. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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    St Francis of Assisi outside Cathedral of St Francis, Santa Fe New Mexico.
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    San Miguel Mission, believed to have been built in 1621. Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Summary of the Trail




1987 - Santa Fe NHT

Representing a blending of cultures and communities, The Santa Fe NHT holds a mythical place in America's collective memory.  This route has long been a trail of popular interest and folklore.  In 1821 it first opened as a trade route between the western edge of the United States and newly independent Mexico.  It quickly became an international commercial highway and military road for decades mixing cultures: Spanish, mestizo, Anglo, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, Comanche, Osage, Kansas, Ute and Jicarilla Apache.  At the conclusion of the Mexican-American War in 1848, the Trail connected the United States and their newly acquired southwestern territories. Throughout its history, the Trail hosted freight wagons, stage coaches, emigrants, traders, and fur traders.  The National Park Service, as trail administrator, and the Santa Fe Trail Associaition work together to maintain the Trail, promoting and preserving its physical landscape and historical legacy.

(NPS and Santa Fe Trail Association websites)