The Santa Fe Trail Michaela Where it Starts ► The trail starts in New Mexico. ► It ends in Missouri. ► It was about 780 miles long. The Cities Along The Way ► They really didn’t go through any cities but they went through states. The states are New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. Things They Brought ► They brought wagons, horse, cows, hens, farm tools, blankets, clothes, feather beds, lantern, shotguns, cooking tools, tin cups, and plates. The Dangers Along The Way ► They had to walk on the side of the wagon because there was no room in the wagon. It got muddy and they would get stuck. When it snowed it would sink on the wagon top. Trials ► The land they went through was very rocky and had many mountains. They went through a desert where there was no water. A Person Along The Way ► William Becknell She opened the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. Becknell and a group of five men began their travels in Franklin, Missouri. He followed the Arkansas river west to the rocky mountains. Extra Facts ► They traded their goods for burros, horses, furs, gold, and silver. ► Wagons could hold more than two tons of goods and supplies. ► Some wagons had wheels as tall as six feet. Bibliography Dean , Alran. The Santa Fe Trail . New York: PowerKids Press, 2003. Wilson , Laura. How I Survived The Oregon Trail. New York: A Beech Tree Paperback Book, 1999.