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By Marc Simmons

"The path event begat a fierce ardour for prairie travel," wrote Josiah Gregg after travelling overland at the Santa Fe path within the 1840s. that very same allure is evoked anew within the items through Marc Simmons gathered during this e-book. Drawing upon his personal many journeys alongside the path, Simmons re-creates path lifestyles as skilled through the unique tourists. He starts with an outline of the Trail's historical past to conjure up photographs of the adventure west in rumbling wagons. He additional kindles our mind's eye with twenty vignettes of individuals, areas, and occasions. nonetheless noticeable at the present time, specifically in northeast New Mexico, are ruts minimize by means of wagon wheels sporting America's pioneers to the Southwest. those tracks stay as sentinels, eternally guarding the earlier and the reminiscence of these who journeyed over the path; for Simmons they seem to be a hyperlink to the journey, discovery, and tragedy confronted by means of each person making the six-week journey to Santa Fe. His new version of lifestyles in a wagon teach, the journey, and the tourists brings a lot of these vividly and memorably to lifestyles.

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The old trail to Santa Fe: collected essays

"The path adventure begat a fierce ardour for prairie travel," wrote Josiah Gregg after visiting overland at the Santa Fe path within the 1840s. that very same attraction is evoked anew within the items through Marc Simmons accrued during this publication. Drawing upon his personal many journeys alongside the path, Simmons re-creates path existence as skilled by way of the unique tourists.

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Louis attracted merchants, both American and Mexican, involved in the Santa Fe trade. (after Pancoast) Added to that, of course, were the attractive financial rewards to be reaped in the old Spanish city. Santa Fe's plaza not only marked the end of the trail from Missouri but the beginning of the Chihuahua Trail that pointed toward richer markets beyond. Merchants from northern Mexico met Yankee traders in Santa Fe, bought from them at wholesale, and freighted the wares down to their own stores.

Modern Oxen Yoked to Freight Wagon 145 51. Teresina Bent 150 52. The Hermit, Juan Maria de Agostini 153 53. Hermit's Peak 155 54. Lewis H. Garrard 162 55. Interior View of Bent's Old For 164 56. Spanish Peaks 165 57. Stagecoach East of Las Vegas, New Mexic 168 58. Pigeon's Ranch, 15 Miles East of Santa Fe 169 59. Don José Leandro Perea 174 60. Kansas City in 1867 177 61. Ambrose E. Burnside 181 62. Profile of Wagon Mound, New Mexico 182 63. Junction of Mountain Branch and Cimarron Cutoff 186 64.

14884) health seekers, tourists, missionaries, and just plain emigrant folk. Much of what happened on the trail in those early years helped shape the character and future development of the southwestern territories. Given all this it is not surprising that the Santa Fe Trail, after it had slipped into the history books, managed to maintain something of a glamorous mystique. In February 1880, as the first AT&SF engine steamed into New Mexico's capital on shiny new tracks, a local newspaper had gloated in bold headlines: "Santa Fe's Triumph!

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