Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Santa Fe Trail Association, Bent's Fort Chapter

On Saturday April 13, 2013, members of the Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association placed 5 Santa Fe Trail Crossing signs along county highways in Otero County. Signs were put along County Roads 24 & 28 and just west of the Timpas area.

Funding for these signs is provided by the National Park Service. Locations are approved by County Commissioners and exact GPS coordinates are used to pinpoint where the Trail crossed the land. Charlie Hutton, Rocky Ford, coordinates all these efforts.

Marking the Trail helps our chapter accomplish its mis- sion of preserving, protecting, and promoting the historical legacy of the Santa Fe Trail. It also helps us better understand where the Trail ran in our area. Often no ruts remain due to farming and ranching operations, dust storms, and erosion.

We also place stone posts with Santa Fe Trail logos along the trail. Dur ing the past few years dozens of signs and posts have been planted in southeastern Colorado. These signs plus others placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution and Scenic Byways help visitors to our area follow the Trail along the Mountain Route in Colorado.