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The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore

by David Dary

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The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore by David Dary is an extensive look at the long history of one of America's famous overland trails. From before the founding of Santa Fe in 1610 to the dusty remnants that are still visible throughout the Midwest today, this book is an all-in-one guide to a cherished treasure of history.

In the book the author reprints a 1943 quote from Texas writer J. Frank Dobie, which I think perfectly sums up the trail in its historical context:

"Look at it in one way, Santa Fe was a mud village. In another way, it was the solitary gem in an empire of vacancy. Like that of Athens, though of an entirely different quality, its fame was out of all proportion to its size... But the Santa Fe Trail is one of the three great trails of America that, though plowed under, fenced across and cemented over, seem destined for perennial travel—by those happily able to go without tourist guides." ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Oct 29, 2014 |
Maybe the best book written about the Santa Fe trail. Very descriptive and in sequence. My highest recommendation. ( )
  jmatson | Aug 7, 2009 |
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