1822 - 1872The Santa Fe Trail was the main trade route between Franklin MO and Santa Fe NM. The main part of the trail was 780 miles long. Thousands of freight wagons rumbled along the trail each year, except for the winter months. The trail passes several historical sites in the area, as well as many other sites along the trail. The trip took about six weeks, one way. The majority of the wagons were pulled by oxen. Oxen were more efficient because they ate and drank less than horses or mules. They also were less likely to be stolen by Indians. Oxen traveled at one and a half miles per hour. Freighters traded goods (clothes, coffee, flour, sugar and guns) for beaver and buffalo hides. As the rails were laid Westward, the need for the wagons ended.
|Series||This marker is part of the Santa Fe Trail series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, August 13th, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 708810 N 4220841|
|Decimal Degrees||38.11128333, -102.61823333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 6.677', W 102° 37.094'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 6' 40.62" N, 102° 37' 5.6400000000001" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 7625-7705 US-287, Lamar CO 81052, US|
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