This September is the Bicentennial of the first organized wagon train down the Santa Fe Trail, in 1821. The trail between western Missouri and Santa Fe, Mexico (New México, today) was an important economic generator and its history played out across Johnson County’s landscape for more than half a century. Besides incredible history of tenacity, hardship, and entrepreneurial spirit, there are physical markers to denote important trail sites throughout the county. These were placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in the early 1900s, and still exist today.
Learn more about the historic Santa Fe Trail and the markers from the early 1900s in the jocohistory blog.