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Santa Fe Trail
In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail trade route that connected Franklin, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico was first used by William Becknell when he organized a trading party and hauled goods to Santa Fe to trade and sell. Later it was used as an international commercial highway, and a military route. In 1880 with the coming of the railroad, the importance of the Santa Fe diminished. Along the trail you can see wagon ruts, rubble from homesteads, monuments and historical sites. The Cimarron Route of the Santa Fe Trail crossed 14 miles of Baca County in the Carrizo Unit of the Comanche National Grasslands.