Santa Fe Trail Cimarron Route 1822 - 1880 -- Marker by the High Plains Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution -- Oklahoma
West of Boise City, Oklahoma on New Mexico / Oklahoma border. From Boise City on Highway 325, about a mile before 325 before curves north turn south N0130 Rd, one mile south to E0200 Rd, turn west to OK/NM border. Marker at curve.
The Santa Fe Trail was a 19th century transportation route through central North America that connected Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. First used in 1821 by William Becknell, it served as a vital commercial and military highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880. At first an international trade route between the United States and Mexico, it served as the 1846 U.S. invasion route of New Mexico during the Mexican–American War.
The route crossed Comancheria, the territory of the Comanches, who demanded compensation for granting rights-of-way. Americans routinely traded with the Comanche along the trail, sometimes finding the trade in Comancheria more profitable than that of Santa Fe.
After the U.S. acquisition of the Southwest, the trail helped open the region to U.S. economic development and settlement, playing a vital role in the expansion of the U.S. into the lands it had acquired. The road route is commemorated today by the National Park Service as the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. A highway route that roughly follows the trail's path through Colorado and northern New Mexico has been designated the Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway.
More at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Fe_Trail