Visit the Trail - West - near Old Franklin, MO
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N 38° 59.233 W 092° 45.319
15S E 521191 N 4315386
A set of markers about Lewis & Clark, Franklin and the Santa Fe Trail and the Boonslick Road.
Waymark Code: WM1655R
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 05/08/2022
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County of marker: Howard County
Location of marker: State Hwy 87, roadside turnout, about ½ mile NW of Boonville
Marker Erected By: Santa Fe Trail Association, Missouri Department of Natural Resources & National Park Service
Date Erected: 2000

Marker Text:

Visit the Trail - West

A Look Back in Time
The Santa Fe Trails stirs people's imagination. Spanning 900 miles of the Great Plains between the United States (Missouri) and Mexico (Santa Fe), this great trails of commerce between two countries was also a route for the frontier military and emigration to the west.

For 60 years, the trail was one thread in a web of international trade routes. It influenced economies as far away as New York and London. The 1865 close of the Civil War released America's industrial energies and stimulated the push to develop railroads westward. Railroad expansion gradually shortened the Santa Fe Trail - finally replacing it in 1880.

Visiting the Santa Fe National Historic Trail Today
The map and photographs here are a sampling of the trail sites your can explore. For maps and further information about the trail, visit:

  • South Howard County Historical Museum, New Franklin
  • Old Cooper County Jail, Boonville
  • Arrow Rock Visitors Center, Arrow Rock
  • Lexington Historical Museum, Lexington
  • Fort Osage Education Center, Sibley
  • National Frontier Trails Museum, Independence

Trail Markers and Signs

Watch for signs and markers along the trail, some with the official Santa Fe National Historic Trail logo, that indicate the location of trail sites and points of interest. In the early 1900's, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) installed granite markers along the Santa Fe Trail that are still visible.

For Your Safety and Comfort
Many trail sites lack amenities such as water or restrooms. Facilities are available in towns and some developed areas. Be aware of weather conditions and fire danger warnings. Leave domestic and wild animals alone. Keep pets under physical restraint.

Boonville was platted in 1817 on the south bank of the Missouri River. Boonville residents such James L. Collins, captain of the 1828 Santa Fe Trail caravan, were involved in Santa Fe trade. Numerous 19th century structures survive in the town

Boone's Lick
Daniel Boone's sons, Nathan and Daniel Morgan Boone, set up a salt manufacturing works in 1805 at this salty spring. William Becknell, "Father of the Santa Fe Trail," was a manager here after the War of 1812. This state historic site has a trail and interpretive exibits.

Arrow Rock
The Arrow Rock bluff appeared on maps beginning in 1732. The Osage Trace, which became the Santa Fe Trail, crossed the Missouri River here. Arrow Rock was a landmark for explorers, traders, and travelers. The town is a national historic landmark and includes a state historic site and visitors center.

Weinrich & Grand Pass Ruts
Impressive eroded ruts are clearly visible where the trail crossed Indian Spring and Harvey Spring, and in the cemetery at Grand Pass behind the Methodist Church.

Founded as Middleton, this was one of the earlies towns along the Osage Trace that became the Road to Santa Fe. A DAR marker stands in front of the 1818 Col. John Thomas log house that is being restored as a visitor center.

Here caravans were outfitted in the 1820s and the 1830s. This town was the headquarters of the Aull Brothers and Russell, Majors & Waddell who were major outfitters. A driving tour brochure is available from the tourism office and from the historic museum, which also has displays on the trail.

Fort Osage
Fort Osage, founded in 1808 under the direction of William Clark, primarily served the fur trade and the Osage and other tribes. After Congress abolished this Indian trade in 1822, the fort waned. The fort was a staging area for George Sibley's 1825-27 Santa Fe Trail survey.

From 1828 to the mid-1840s Independence was the principle point for the Santa Fe traders and emigrants heading west. Many Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trail-related site remain.

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