This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail as a major commercial route across the Great Plains. It stretched more than 800 miles between the Missouri River and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bent’s Fort near La Junta in Southeastern Colorado was an important stop along the trail. It’s now a National Historic Site.
A new History Colorado exhibit at the Trinidad History Museum shares stories of Indigenous people and some of the lesser-known women who influenced the trade routes and the communities along the trail.