We meet the second Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m., September through June. For more information about our next meeting or membership in the Santa Fe Trail Chapter, NSDAR, please visit our Contact Us or Membership pages.
What We Do
The Santa Fe Trail Chapter, NSDAR promotes education, encourages historic preservation, and champions patriotism through a variety of events, programs, projects, and awards. Please enjoy these pictures of a few of our recent activities:
Location of Service
|Jose Antonio Beitia||Spanish Colonies||Patriotic Service|
|David Bowers||Massachusetts||Patriotic Service, Captain|
|William Holman||Virginia||Civil Service, Patriotic Service|
|Robert Kincaid||North Carolina||Private|
|Marshall Martin||South Carolina||Lieutenant|
|Abraham Neighbours||South Carolina||Patriotic Service|
|Westall Ridgely||Maryland||Patriotic Service, Lieutenant|
|Cornelius Sale||North Carolina||Civil Service, Patriotic Service|
|Henry Schott||Pennsylvania||Non-Commissioned Officer|
|Joseph Sewall||North Carolina||Private|
|Jacob Sharpsteen||New York||Private|
|Electius Thompson||Maryland||Patriotic Service, Private|
|Updated: April 10, 2014|
|Vice Regent||Barbara Privitt|
|Recording Secretary||Louise Clapp|
|Corresponding Secretary||Carolyn Blecha|
|Updated: December 27, 2015|
The Daughters of the American Revolution have a long association with the Santa Fe Trail. In about 1900 enterprising members of the organization began the very progressive project of marking remnants of the Old Trail, all the way from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe, in Nuevo Mejico. Most of the small granite markers they placed along the way are still there. They mark ruts left in the prairies by the heavy freight wagons, watering holes, camp spots, and natural landmarks such as mountain passes and remarkable rock formations.
The Santa Fe Trail Chapter, NSDAR has provided two markers; one in Trinidad’s Kit Carson Park and the other just east of Trinidad.
The Santa Fe Trail was not an immigrant trail. It was an international road of commerce between a Mexico newly independent of the Spanish crown, and a rapidly expanding United States of America. Commerce on the Trail began in 1821 when Missouri businessman, William Becknell, took a mule train of trade goods to product-hungry Santa Fe. Soon, strings of pack mules and lumbering freight wagons were crossing the 800-plus miles of virtually barren wilderness.
In 1846 Colonel Stephen W. Kearny led his approximately 1,600 man “Army of The West” from Missouri across the “Great American Desert” to a camp right here in what is now Trinidad, on the Rio de las Animas Perdido en Purgatorio (now called the Purgatoire River), across Raton Pass and on down the Trail to Santa Fe. In addition to his 1,600 men, Kearny’s army included 1,400 wagons and field pieces, 15,000 oxen, 4,000 mules, and uncounted teamsters, muleteers, and drovers. Ultimately, Kearny’s journey, his bloodless occupation of Santa Fe and his trip onward from there to help raise the Bear Flag in California, was responsible for adding Southern Colorado, West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and all of California to the Union. A pivotal event in American history, and it took place right in Trinidad on the Santa Fe Trail.
A chapter was previously here from 1912-1983, but it disbanded. Twenty years later, individuals in the community felt the chapter needed to be reappear and started the chapter again. New members with new projects, the chapter has a fresh start.
Our Organizing Members
Nineteen members from all areas surrounding the Trinidad area started the chapter. Our organizational meeting was Saturday, October 28, 2006.
Mary Ann Davis