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Kansas Historical Marker

The Road To Santa Fe

Kansas State Historical Marker
Ford County
US-56, Ford County
Roadside turnout, 8 miles east of Dodge City
US-50 and US-283 junction

      The Santa Fe Trail, extending 750 miles from the Kansas City area to the old Spanish settlement of Santa Fe, was the great overland trade route of the 1820s to 1870s. Its commercial use began in 1821, when William Becknell headed west with a pack train from Franklin, Missouri. For more than 500 miles the road lay in Kansas, angling southwest past such historic landmarks as Council Grove and Pawnee Rock.