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  • Santa Fe Trail Ruts in Kansas

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    These ruts west of Dodge City, Kansas were made by wagons crossing the Santa Fe Trail, an important nineteenth-century trading route that connected Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    Santa Fe Trail Ruts in Kansas
  • Old Trading Post in Colorado

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    Amity, Colorado, was at one point a trading post and stage station along the Santa Fe Trail. It is one of many examples of settlements that appeared along the trail in southeastern Colorado.
    Old Trading Post in Colorado
  • Dry Ridge

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    A photograph of buffalo hides stretched on the ground with men posed in the background reads "Dry Ridge at one time a settlement on the Santa Fe." The southern route of the Santa Fe Trail, the Cimarron Cutoff, contained many long, dry stretches between water sources.
    Dry Ridge



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Donald J. Blakeslee, Along Ancient Trails: The Mallet Expedition of 1739 (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1995).

Bonnie J. Clark, The Women of Boggsville: Life along the Santa Fe Trail, technical document for site interpretation and investigation and documentation for the Women of Boggsville brochure (Denver: National Park Service, 1997).

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Marion Russell, Land of Enchantment: Memoirs of Marion Russell along the Santa Fé Trail as Dictated to Mrs. Hal Russell, ed. Garnet M. Brayer (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1954).

David A. Sandoval, “Who Is Riding the Burro Now? A Bibliographical Critique of Scholarship on the New Mexican Trader,” The Santa Fe Trail: New Perspectives, ed. Colorado Historical Society (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1992 [1987]).

Elliott West, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998).

Elliott West, The Way West: Essays on the Central Plains (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995).