USGS Aerial Photographs
"Santa Fe Trail Sites"

"Spot Light in The Overland Trail Spot Light of the Month in November 2000 November 2000"
Microsoft Feature Article 2004
"Exploring History With Microsoft Research Maps"
"Editor of Microsoft Research Dot Com"
"Article on Microsoft Research Maps"
"Microsoft Research Map Site"

Shut Down May 1, 2012!
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"Map & Mileage of the Santa Fe Trail"

     We still have many of the aerial photo links for most of the major sites and trail ruts on the Santa Fe Trail, from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The links below have been divided into sections to help find a certain site you may be looking for.

This Page Has All Site Links On It.
     1. The Main Route Franklin, Mo. to Pawnee Rock KS - 40 links
     2. Wet/Dry Route-Ft Hays/Ft Dodge Road Pawnee Rock to Dodge City, Ks. - 114 links
     3. Mountain Route Dodge City, KS to Fort Union, NM - 18 links
     4. Cimarron Route Arkansas River to Santa Fe, New Mexico - 22 links
     5. Forts Associated With The Santa Fe Trail 21 links

               

     The links on this page will take you to a web page with about a one and four mile square USGS Photo of the site. Also on that page you will find a little history about the site, information on just what you are looking for in the USGS photo. In most of the photo's you will be able to pick out the Santa Fe Trail Ruts, forts and other places of intrest. Look for the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter markers above on the Wet/Dry Routes pages. The one on the left is the limestone post marker and the one on the right is the interpretive marker with a limestone marker just like the Chapter used on the marked sites. These Santa Fe Trail Markers will be real close to where the real marker is in most photo's. On a few of the photo's the marker has been moved over as not to cover up the ruts that are visiable in the photo.

     The second link has been removed because of the closing of "Microsoft Research Maps Site" by Microsoft. At the TerraServer site you would have seen a USGS photo that is about four miles square. From this photo you were able to move in eight different direction, zoom in and out. Also on that page there was a link to a topographical map of the site.

     This really pains us to not have this tool to research the Santa Fe Trail. We spent hundreds if not thousands of hours putting these pages togethere. This is the third time we've had to change the complete site because of a doman change. As luck would have it we have saved many of the maps to our site, but not the whole trail as before. We are very sorry for this inconveniences, as this page by far was one of the most popular!!! We will leave up what we have.

     We would like to "Thank Microsoft" and the staff for the use of their Photo's and the "Great Job" they did at Microsoft Research Maps.
Microsoft did a feature article and mentioned our old site from the links at the top of the page.

"Online Database of Santa Fe Trail Sites"

Main Trail From Franklin, Mo. to Pawnee Rock Ks.

  1. Old Franklin, Missouri Howard County, Missouri

  2. New Franklin, Missouri Howard County, Missouri

  3. Fort Osage Jackson County, Missouri

  4. Elm Grove Campground Johnson County, Kansas

  5. Lone Elm Campground Johnson County, Kansas

  6. Santa Fe Trail & Oregon Trail Junction Johnson County, Kansas

  7. Black Jack Park Douglas County, Kansas

  8. Baldwin City, Kansas Ruts Douglas County, Kansas

  9. Palmyra Town Site Douglas County, Kansas

  10. Rock Spring Campground Osage County, Kansas

  11. Overbrook, Kansas Cemetery Rut Osage County, Kansas

  12. Flag Spring Osage County, Kansas

  13. Santa Fe High School Osage County, Kansas

  14. Osage State Fishing Lake Ruts Osage County, Kansas

  15. McGee -- Harris Stage Station Osage County, Kansas

  16. Burlingame Kansas Osage County, Kansas

  17. Havana Stage Station Osage County, Kansas

  18. Wilmington, Kansas & School Site Wabaunsee County, Kansas

  19. Seth Hays Stone Barn Morris County, Kansas

  20. Samuel Hunts Grave Site Morris County, Kansas

  21. Council Grove, Kansas Morris County, Kansas

  22. Diamond Springs, Kansas Morris County, Kansas

  23. Six Mile Crossing & Stage Station Morris County, Kansas

  24. Lost Springs, Kansas Marion County, Kansas

  25. Tampa, Kansas Marion County, Kansas

  26. Cottonwood Crossing Durham, Kansas Marion County, Kansas

  27. Durham Ruts SW of Durham, Kansas Marion County, Kansas

  28. Schmidt Farm Rut Marion County, Kansas

  29. Ed Miller Grave Site McPherson County, Kansas

  30. 1825 Kaw Treaty Site McPherson County, Kansas

  31. Little Arkansas Crossing Rice County, Kansas

  32. Chavez Creek Crossing Rice County, Kansas

  33. Cow Creek Crossing Rice County, Kansas

  34. Walter Sharp Ruts South of Chase, Kansas Rice County, Kansas

  35. Richard Proffitt Farm South of Chase, Kansas Rice County, Kansas

  36. George Sieker Ruts Two Miles West of Chase, Kansas Rice County, Kansas

  37. Ralph's Ruts Rice County, Kansas

  38. Fort Zarah Barton County, Kansas

  39. Pawnee Rock Barton County, Kansas

  40. Fort Larned Pawnee County, Kansas

    The Directory of Santa Fe Trail Sites
    Wet/Dry Routes - Pawnee Rock to Dodge City, Kansas
    Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road

    The Survey Route
    (7.7 miles)

  41. August 30, 1825 Survey Team Campsite Pawnee County, Kansas

  42. August 31, 1825 Survey Team Campsite Pawnee County, Kansas

    The Pre Wet Route
    (4.8 miles)

  43. Ash Creek Crossing Pawnee County, Kansas

    The Wet Route of the Santa Fe Trail
    (93.3 miles)

  44. Parker's Ranche Pawnee County, Kansas

  45. Pawnee Fork Crossing Pawnee County, Kansas

  46. Sibley's Ridge Pawnee County, Kansas

  47. Coon Creek Crossing Pawnee County, Kansas

  48. Plain Camp Pawnee County, Kansas

  49. Love's Defeat Pawnee County, Kansas

  50. Battle of Coon Creek Edwards County, Kansas

  51. September 3, 1825 Campsite Edwards County, Kansas

  52. Gartung Rut Edwards County, Kansas

  53. Burr Ruts #1 Edwards County, Kansas

  54. Burr Ruts #2 Edwards County, Kansas

  55. Schaller Ruts #1 Edwards County, Kansas

  56. Schaller Ruts #2 Edwards County, Kansas

  57. Wetzel Ruts #1 Edwards County, Kansas

  58. Little Pond Edwards County, Kansas

  59. Wetzel Ruts #2 Edwards County, Kansas

  60. Sept. 4, 1825 Survey Team Campsite Edwards County, Kansas

  61. Wetzel Ruts #3 Edwards County, Kansas

  62. Stewart Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  63. Tilley Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  64. Sept. 5, 1825 Survey Team Campsite Ford County, Kansas

  65. Black Pool Campsite Ford County, Kansas

  66. Fowler Ruts #1 Ford County, Kansas

  67. Herrman Ruts #1 Ford County, Kansas

  68. Riegel Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  69. Point of Inception/Lower Crossing Ford County, Kansas

  70. Sept. 6-8, 1825 Survey Team Campsite Ford County, Kansas

  71. Herrman Ruts #2 Ford County, Kansas

  72. Small Drain Ford County, Kansas

  73. Jackson's Island Ford County, Kansas

  74. Junction of The Wet Route with The Dry Route Ford County, Kansas

  75. Fort Dodge, Kansas Ford County, Kansas

  76. Sept. 9, 1825 Survey Team Campsite Ford County, Kansas

  77. Fort Mann, Kansas Ford County, Kansas

  78. Fort Atkinson, Kansas Ford County, Kansas

  79. The Caches Ford County, Kansas

    The Post Wet Route of the Santa Fe Trail
    (5.1 miles)

  80. Point of Rocks Ford County, Kansas

  81. Lower Crossing Ford County, Kansas

  82. Sept. 10, 1825 Survey Team Campsite Ford County, Kansas

    The Pre-1859 Dry Route of the Santa Fe Trail
    Original Dry Route
    (74.3 miles)

  83. Fork in the Santa Fe Road Pawnee County, Kansas

  84. Jones Point Pawnee County, Kansas

  85. Welch Ruts Pawnee County, Kansas

  86. Hogan Ruts Pawnee County, Kansas

  87. Olsen Ruts Edwards County, Kansas

  88. Hillside Cemetery Rut Kinsley, Kansas Edwards County, Kansas

  89. Big Coon Creek Crossing Kinsley, Kansas Edwards County, Kansas

  90. Stegman Rut Ford County, Kansas

  91. McKee Rut Ford County, Kansas

  92. Moritz Rut Ford County, Kansas

  93. The Caches Ford County, Kansas

    The Post-1859 Dry Route of the Santa Fe Trail
    (88.3 miles)

  94. Eastern Terminus of the Later Dry Route Pawnee County, Kansas

  95. Jost Ruts Pawnee County, Kansas

  96. Lewis Ruts Pawnee County, Kansas

  97. Larned Cemetery Ruts Pawnee County, Kansas

  98. Pawnee Fork Crossing Pawnee County, Kansas

  99. Parker/Boyd Ranche Pawnee County, Kansas

  100. Eikmeier Rut Pawnee County, Kansas

  101. Rock Hollow Pawnee County, Kansas

  102. Meckfessel Ruts Edwards County, Kansas

  103. Zedren Ruts Edwards County, Kansas

  104. Carlson Ruts Edwards County, Kansas

  105. Hermann Ruts Edwards County, Kansas

  106. Big Coon Creek Crossing Kinsley, Kansas Edwards County, Kansas

  107. Robl Ruts Edwards County, Kansas

  108. Dinner Station Ford County, Kansas

  109. Baskett Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  110. Indiek Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  111. Kasselman Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  112. Torline Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  113. Arroyo Blanco Ford County, Kansas

  114. Herman/Heskamp Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  115. Little Coon Creek Crossing Ford County, Kansas

  116. Slattery Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  117. Junction of The Later Dry Route with The Wet Route Ford County, Kansas

    The Fort Larned Military Road
    (6.3 miles)

  118. Fort Larned Pawnee County, Kansas

  119. National Park Service Ruts Pawnee County, Kansas

  120. Coon Creek Crossing Pawnee County, Kansas

  121. Fort Larned Military Road Junction with Wet Route Pawnee County, Kansas

    The Post-1866 Dry Route of the Santa Fe Trail
    (9.5 miles)

  122. Eastern Terminus of the The Post-1866 Dry Route Pawnee County, Kansas

  123. Departure Point of The Post-1859 Dry Route Pawnee County, Kansas

    The Fort Hays/Fort Dodge Road
    (129.1 miles)

  124. Fort Hays, Kansas Ellis County, Kansas

  125. Golf Course Ruts Ellis County, Kansas

  126. Five Mile Hollow Ellis County, Kansas

  127. Intrception Point/B.O.D./Ft. Hays/Ft. Dodge Road Ellis County, Kansas

  128. Smoky Hill River Crossing Ellis County, Kansas

  129. Big Timbers Creek Crossing Rush County, Kansas

  130. Brack Ruts Rush County, Kansas

  131. Walnut Creek Crossing Rush County, Kansas

  132. Coddington Ruts Rush County, Kansas

  133. Schadel Ruts Pawnee County, Kansas

  134. McJunkin Ruts Ness County, Kansas

  135. Beltz Ruts Ness County, Kansas

  136. Cheyenne/Sioux Indian Village Ness County, Kansas

  137. Pawnee Fork Crossing Ft. Hays/Ft. Dodge Road Hodgeman County, Kansas

  138. Salmons Ruts Hodgeman County, Kansas

  139. Shiew Ruts Hodgeman County, Kansas

  140. Lupfer Ruts Hodgeman County, Kansas

  141. Buckner Creek Crossing Hodgeman County, Kansas

  142. Oliphant Ruts Hodgeman County, Kansas

  143. Schaffer Ruts Hodgeman County, Kansas

  144. Cole Ruts Hodgeman County, Kansas

  145. Fagen Ruts #1 Hodgeman County, Kansas

  146. Pfaff Ruts Hodgeman County, Kansas

  147. Fagen Ruts #2 Hodgeman County, Kansas

  148. Warner Ruts #1 Ford County, Kansas
  149. Warner Ruts Over Four Miles Warner Ruts in Ford County, Kansas

  150. Sawlog Creek Crossing Ford County, Kansas

  151. Warner Ruts #2 Ford County, Kansas

  152. Dyson Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  153. Maxwell Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  154. Kansas Soldiers Home Ruts Ford County, Kansas

  155. Junction of Ft. Hays/Ft. Dodge Road & Santa Fe Trail Ford County, Kansas

    Mountain Route - Kansas

  156. Fort Mann, Kansas Ford County, Kansas

  157. Fort Atkinson, Kansas Ford County, Kansas

  158. The Caches Ford County, Kansas

  159. Point of Rocks Ford County, Kansas

  160. Lower Crossing Ford County, Kansas

  161. Sept. 10, 1825 Survey Team Campsite Ford County, Kansas

  162. Dodge City Ruts Howell, Kansas Ford County, Kansas

  163. Point of Rocks Garden City, Kansas Finney County, Kansas

  164. Charlie's Ruts West of Deerfield Kearny County, Kansas

  165. Neff Ruts East of Lakin Kearny County, Kansas

  166. Fort Aubry Hamilton County, Kansas

  167. Bent's New Fort Bent County, Colorado

  168. Old Fort Lyon Bent County, Colorado

  169. Bent's Old Fort Bent County, Colorado

  170. Wagon Mound Mora County, New Mexico

  171. Fort Union Number 1 -- Mora County, New Mexico

  172. Fort Union, New Mexico, "The Star Fort" Number 2 -- Mora County, New Mexico

  173. Fort Union, New Mexico Number 3 -- Mora County, New Mexico

    Cimarron Route -- Kansas

  174. Menno Road Ruts Kearny County, Kansas

  175. Higgs Ruts Grant County, Kansas

  176. Kline Ruts Grant County, Kansas

  177. Deyoe Ruts Grant County, Kansas

  178. Joyce Ruts 1-3 NE of Wagonbed Spring Grant County, Kansas

  179. Wagon Bed Spring Grant County, Kansas

  180. Joyce Ruts 4-5 SW of Wagonbed Spring Grant County, Kansas

  181. Schmidt Ruts #1 Stevens County, Kansas

  182. Schmidt Ruts #2 Stevens County, Kansas

  183. Middle Springs Morton County, Kansas

  184. Point of Rocks Morton County, Kansas

    Cimarron Route -- Oklahoma

  185. Willow Bar Crossing Cimarron County, Oklahoma

  186. Upper/Flag Spring Cimarron County, Oklahoma

  187. Cold Spring/Inscription Rock Cimarron County, Oklahoma

  188. Autograph Rock Cimarron County, Oklahoma

  189. Camp Nichols Cimarron County, Oklahoma

  190. Cedar Spring Area Cimarron County, Oklahoma

    Cimarron Route -- New Mexico

  191. McNees Crossing Union County, New Mexico

  192. Fort Union #-1 -- Mora County, New Mexico

  193. Fort Union, New Mexico, "The Star Fort" #-2 -- Mora County, New Mexico

  194. Fort Union, New Mexico #-3 -- Mora County, New Mexico

  195. The End of the Santa Fe Trail "The Plaza" Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Forts Associated With The Santa Fe Trail

  196. Fort Osage Jackson County, Missouri

  197. Fort Ellsworth, 1864 Ellsworth County, Kansas

  198. Fort Harker, Kansas Ellsworth County, Kansas

  199. Fort Fletcher Ellis County, Kansas

  200. Old Fort Hays Ellis County, Kansas

  201. Fort Hays Ellis County, Kansas

  202. Fort Hays Cemetery Ellis County, Kansas

  203. Fort Wallace Wallace County, Kansas

  204. Fort Wallace Cemetery Wallace County, Kansas

  205. Fort Dodge, Kansas Ford County, Kansas

  206. Fort Mann, Kansas Ford County, Kansas

  207. Fort Atkinson, Kansas Ford County, Kansas

  208. Fort Aubry Hamilton County, Kansas

  209. Bent's New Fort Bent County, Colorado

  210. Old Fort Lyon Bent County, Colorado

  211. Bent's Old Fort Bent County, Colorado

  212. Camp Nichols Cimarron County, Oklahoma

  213. Fort Union #-1 -- Mora County, New Mexico

  214. Fort Union, New Mexico, "The Star Fort" #-2 -- Mora County, New Mexico

  215. Fort Union, New Mexico #-3 -- Mora County, New Mexico

  216. Fort Zarah Barton County, Kansas




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