Santa Fe Trail
We are putting up this page of all the mileage charts that we have collected in the many years the Santa Fe Trail has been our main interest. With the Cumulative Mileage Chart and modern maps you can just about find any of the places that the early day travelers camped. Use them as we did to find the Original Dry Route that runs from near Larned, Kansas to west of Dodge City, Kansas! You can follow the various routes that they took to Santa Fe, New Mexico. These milage charts are from diarys, newspapers, books, and where ever else that you find them. We don't know if they will be of any help to anyone but they sure were a good resource we used in following the Trail across Kansas. It's kinda nice to have them all in one place and easy to find.
"Maps & Mileage of the Santa Fe Trail"
Mileage Charts for the Santa Fe Trail
- Alphonso Wetmore "1837"
This table of distances was published in the Gazetteer of the State of Missouri at St. Louis. The indications are that it was compiled by Wetmore when he captained an 1828 expedition to Santa Fe.
- Journal Of An Unidentified Traverler "1841"
Originally Printed by Charles J. Folson's in Mexico "1842"
- Josiah Gregg's "1844"
This table of milage first appeared in his "The Commerce of the Prairies" by Josiah Gregg
- Lt. William H. Emory "June 27, 1846"
Lt. Emory was in the Corps of Topographical Engineers. Their mission was to make a military reconnanissance collecting meterological, geographical, and natural history data.
- Lt. Col. Henderson P. Boyakin "July 1847"
Lt. Col. Boyakin, of Clinton County, Ill. had with him Companies B, C, and E, started on July 7, escorting a train of 30 government wagons to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Along on the march was a Pvt. Thomas B. Lester, of Company C, he kept diaries of the march of Boyakin's detachment over the Santa Fe Trail.
- Bvt. Capt. Alexander B. Dyer's Notes of "1846-48"
Published in Stryker's American Register and Magazine in "Vol. 4, July 1850"
- James Bryant Hoover Diary of "1847-48"
James Bryant Hoover and 132 other men from Dallas County, Missouri, were part of Captain Thomas Jones's Company B, Mounted Santa Fe Trace Battalion, Missouri Volunteers, in the War with Mexico.
- John A. Bingham "1848"
This Chart Goes Down The Cimarron Cut Off.
- John A. Bingham "1848"
This Chart Goes Over The Mountain Route
- John A. Bingham "1848"
Young John A. Bingham, of St. Louis, traveled the Santa Fe Trail in 1848 and in 1849 sent a table of distances on the route to a friend. The original of this letter is in the State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia.
- Bvt. Maj. Henry L. Kendrick "May 16, 1849"
This trip was measured by Viameter was compiled between May 16 and July 22, 1849, as he traveled to Santa Fe. It was published in 31st Cong., 1st Sess., H. Ex. Doc. No. 17 (Serial 573), page 92.
- Allen Notes of "May 1852"
Big Bend of the Arkansas to Aubry's Lower Camp
- Edward F. Beale Expedition "May 15, 1853"
G. Harris Heap, journalist of Edward F. Beale's 1853 expedition compiled this Santa Fe trail table of distances, published in his Central Route to the Pacific, "1854"
- David Kellogg "1858"
Kansas City to Fountain Creek
- Gold Seekers Route to Pike's Peak "1859"
This can be found in the Westport Border Star of "January 28, 1859"
- Gunn's Map & Hanbook with Mileage "1859"
Kansas & The Gold Mines Distances To The Mines Southern or Santa Fe Route Starting from the mouth of Kansas River, which is substantially the distance from Wyandott, Quindaro or Kansas City, printed 1859.
- Gold Seekers Route to Pike's Peak Journal and Mileage "1859"
From Westport, Missouri, to the gold diggings at Pike's Peak and "Cherry Creek," Along the Arkansas River.
- Ernestine Franke Huning Diary "1863"
This one isn't really a milage chart, it is excerpts from her diary. Ernestine Franke Huning kept a diary while crossing the plains on this trip with her husband to her new home in Albuquerque. The wagon train was nearly two months on the long trip from St. Louis to Las Vegas, New Mexico, where the last entry in the diary was made.
- Locke & Wrightson Chart "1864"
This Milage Chart is from Kansas City, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico, the distances were measured by Dr. John Locke and W. Wrightson in 1864, and was published as a circular, printed at the depot quartermaster's printing office, Fort Union, New Mexico in 1867.
- Butterfield Overland Dispatch "1865"
This trail was established in the year of 1865. On September 25, 1865 the Atchison Free Press announced, in the headlines; "First Coach Through to Denver".
- Major John C. McFerran "1865"
Santa Fe, New Mexico to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
- Kansas Weekly Tribune, Lawrence Kansas "January 25, 1866"
Lawrence, Kansas to Adkins Ranche
- Sanderson's Overland Stage Co. "August 4, 1866"
This can be found in the Junction City Union"
- Richard Blinn, Wife Clara and Son Willie "1868"
This is a diary of a trip down the Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road, on April 4, 1868 by this family. Short but Sweet!!
- Captain Randolph Barnes Marcy
In this table, the distance was taken by an odometer and are given in miles and hundredths of a mile. The measured distances between the crossing of the Arkansas and Santa Fe are from Major Kendrick's published table. Wood, water, and grass are found at all points where the absence of them is not stated.
- Maj. Henry L. Kendrick
Fort Leavenworth to West Junction of the Dry Route This was another trip as measured by Viameter.
- Trail Dust
A Quick Picture History of The Santa Fe Trail by Gene & Mary Martin
- Welborn Hope "Oklahoma's Tramp Poet"
"The Prairie Ocean" An Epic Poem of the Santa Fe Trail.
This was one of those things that I found somewhere and wanted the list of Trail Sites,
so I don't know if there was more to it or not??
Santa Fe Trail Research Site
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Larry & Carolyn
St. John, Ks.