On the Trail to Santa Fe - Historical Re-enactment

5/19/2018 | Arrow Rock State Historic Site | Arrow Rock, MO

Historical re-enactors from the "Arrow Rock Stock & Trade Company" will conduct a 1830s Santa Fe trader’s encampment at the historic site. The encampment will be in the recreation area near the bluff on Overlook Drive. Trade with Santa Fe New Mexico began in 1821 and lifted Missouri from economic depression by bringing specie (silver and gold coin) mules and furs into the state. 

Judge William B. Napton, Jr. wrote in 1910: “The relations between the people of old Franklin and Arrow Rock were very intimate, that is in their trade relations, it being only ten miles from the eastern terminus of the Santa Fe Trail.” Some Arrow Rock residents had ties to Santa Fe as late as 1861. Visitors to the encampment will learn about the traders gear, trade goods and impact of the Santa Fe trade on Missouri history.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Event times: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
39521 Visitor Center Drive, Arrow Rock, MO | (660) 837-3330

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs