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This aerial photograph, taken in 1956 by the Kansas Industrial Development Commission, depicts some Santa Fe Trail wagon ruts in Ford County, west of Dodge City, Kansas. The Santa Fe Trail, opened in 1821 by William Bucknell, served as a freight route and passed through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Creator: Kansas Industrial Development Commission
This image will grab students' attention and will work well with other sources relating to the Santa Fe Trail, such as maps and the image from Josiah Gregg's Commerce on the Prairies. There is also another photo of wagon ruts that was selected for this standard.
KS:7th:1.5:Forts and Trails (2005)
Item Number: 210354
Call Number: TE SF.1956 *39
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210354
Built Environment - Areas of Significance - Exploration/Settlement
Built Environment - Areas of Significance - Transportation
Business and Industry - Trucking and freighting
Collections - Photograph
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Prehistory to 1854 (Benchmark 1) - Kansas forts and trails (Indicator 5) - Santa Fe Trail
Date - 1950s - 1956
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph - Aerial
Places - Cities and towns - Dodge City
Places - Counties - Ford
Thematic Time Period - Trails, 1821-1880 - Santa Fe Trail
Transportation - Trails - Santa Fe
Type of Material - Photographs - Views - Aerials