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Pecos National Historical Park - Santa Fe Trail

From 1821 until 1880 the Santa Fe Trail served as a major transpotation route linking Missouri with New Mexico. There was no single trail. The "Santa Fe Trail" was in fact a lacework of traces that wandered through difficult country from various points in Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Native Americans, bandits, weather, availability of feed, and numerous other considerations dictated the precise route followed by a particular traveler. Early on, one of the preferred traces passed right through the Pueblo de los Pecos. As rival communities grew up nearby and Pecos declined in importance the only travel through Pecos was by those curious to see the ruins of the old pueblo.

Pecos National Historical Park
Pecos National Historical Park
Pecos National Historical Park
Pecos National Historical Park

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