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Santa Fe Trail
In 1821 William Becknell organized the first party to trade in New Mexico. By 1850 a monthly stagecoach line was established between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe (earlier beginnings of the trail were Franklin and Westport). The arrival of the railroad in Santa Fe in 1880 marked the end of the Santa Fe Trail.
Part of the route has been designated a National Scenic Byway.
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