"Chavez Artifact"
on the
Santa Fe Trail

"Antonio Jose Chavez Wagon Box"

     The strong box from Don Antonio Chavez' wagon which remains in remarkable condition following the years since the 1843 murder of the New Mexico merchant on Owl Creek southeast of the present town of Lyons, Kansas. In the wake of Chavez' death, family members traveled to Missouri to recover part of the treasure which was stolen and other property including the wagon. In recent years, the box was obtained from the Chavez family and has been a prize possession in the personal collection of New Mexican historian, Alan Minge.
     This Santa Fe Trail Artifact is now on display at the Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons, Kansas.

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