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1908 Map of the Santa Fe Trail Through Colorado Relocated and Monumented.
Map of the Santa Fe Trail through Colorado, indicating monuments. Shows area between Pueblo and Trinidad, and east to Kansas state line. Trail is marked in red.
A Church Bazaar Recalls Pioneer Times Here
Article about the contribution to the early growth of the Kansas City area by the town of New Santa Fe located at present-day 125th and State Line Roads. Mentions wagon trains to the Southwest and the...
A Dry and Wet Weather Route to Emporia, Kansas
Map and caption about the highways to Emporia, Kansas, following the wet and dry routes of the Santa Fe Trail.
A Famous Old Crossing on the Santa Fe Trail
Photos and article about the history of the town of Council Grove, Kansas, a "famous crossing of the old Santa Fe Trail" since its first use as a crossing of the Neosho River in 1825 by Major George Sibley....
A Few Interesting Facts About Kansas City Streets
Article looks at some Kansas City streets that run east-west as well as some north-south streets and gives the names today compared to the names used in early Kansas City. Also included in the article...
A Geographical History of the Santa Fe Trail
An essay detailing the Santa Fe Trail that spanned from Santa Fe, New Mexico on the western end and the various accounts of where it may have ended on the eastern end, oftentimes being noted as Independence,...
A Long Long Trail
Photo and biographical article about Martin Jones, government surveyor of the Santa Fe Trail in 1876 and Jackson County surveyor from 1854 to 1860, assisting in "lay[ing] out the city limits of Independence...
A Map of the Indian Territory, Northern Texas, and New Mexico, Showing the Great Western Prairies
Photo reprint of a map showing westward routes, locations of Indian tribes in the middle west and western United States in 1844, and some particular notations which probably refer to details of Josiah...
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City and Jackson County, Mo.
Photo and bio of Seth Ward, a pioneer real estate investor and former western trader of Westport. Born in Virginia in 1820 and moving to Independence in 1838 and operating as a trader on the Santa Fe Trail...
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City, Mo.
Biographical sketch of George Cassell, "one of the respected farmers of Brooking township, Jackson county, Missouri," born in Kentucky in 1837 and moving to Jackson County in about 1847, becoming engaged...
A Panoramic View of the "Lost Townships," Part II
Description of the "Palestine Cemetery, located on the east side of Santa Fe Trail north of 94th Street," in the former township of Holmes Park, on the site of the burned-down church built in 1881.
A Penny for Your Thoughts
February 1, 2006
Brief, humorous piece relating several details of research by the Missouri State Archives and Jackson County, Missouri, officials in 2005, in which court records were discovered pertaining to the 1833...
A President, a Church, and Trails West
Continuation of title, "Competing Histories in Independence, Missouri." The author Jon E. Taylor, former historian for the Harry S Truman National Historic Site in Independence, Missouri, examines how...
A Race to End All Races
Article recounts the Santa Fe Trail exploits of Francis Xavier Aubry, known as F. X. Aubry and "little Aubry" because of his short stature. His pattern was to deliver goods and the mail by caravan to Santa...
A Robbery on the Santa Fe Trail, 1827
Description of and reprinted 1827 letter of Thomas Talbot and seven other Santa Fe traders to the United States Congress, regarding their robbery by Pawnee Indians on the Santa Fe Trail that year.
A Southern Family on the Missouri Frontier: Letters from Independence, 1843-1855
Extensive article that collects excerpts from the letters of Samuel Ralston (1809-1899), an Irish immigrant to North Carolina moving to western Missouri. It gives information on various subjects in the...
A Survey of Historic Sites and Structures in Kansas
Photos and descriptions of sites designated as historic landmarks by the Kansas State Historical Society in 1956, including several in the Kansas City and surrounding areas (Johnson County, Wyandotte County,...
A Vest-Pocket Geography
Illustrated map and description of the history of different regions of Missouri, including the Kansas City area as "the jumping-off place of the Oregon Trail" and the Santa Fe Trail and "unofficial starting...
Affluent Jackson Countian: Dr. David Waldo, Medic-Santa Fe Trader, Built Vast Empire Here
Photo (of Waldo Douglas Sloan, or Waldo Sloan, grandson of David Waldo) and biographical article about Dr. David Waldo (1802-1878), "physician, Santa Fe trader, and capitalist" of early Jackson County,...
Two consecutive chapters of the book about Colonel Albert Boone and his dealings with the Indians and the federal government's escorts of Union soldiers in the early 1860s, including a discussion with...
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