3-Trails Corridor

3-Trails Corridor

The 3-Trails Corridor follows the traveled way of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California national historic trails. It extends from Wayne City Landing on the Missouri River in Sugar Creek, Missouri, where the river boats off-loaded onto wagons and pack animals, southwesterly to Gardner Junction in Gardner, Kansas. There the trails separated: Santa Fe trail to the southwest and Oregon/California trails to the northwest. Known as “the Independence Route,” the 46 mile 3-Trails Corridor connects numerous trails sites and is the only place in the United States where these three trails share a common alignment. The corridor forms a part of the Kansas City regional trails and transit system. As you follow these national historic trails, you can discover your community’s heritage.

Corridor Sites

National Historic Trails

Oregon and California National Historic Trails

The Oregon and California trails were the pathways to the Pacific for fur traders, gold seekers, missionaries, and emigrants. For almost 30 years, beginning in 1841, more than 300,000 emigrants followed this route from the Midwest to fertile Oregon farmlands or California gold fields—trips that took five months to complete.

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

From 1821 to 1846, the Santa Fe trail was an international road for American and Mexican traders. In 1848, the Mexican-American War ended, and New Mexico was added to the United States. The trail became a national road for commercial and military freighting, stagecoach travel, emigration, and mail service. It was replaced over time by the westward-expanding railroad, which reached Santa Fe in 1880.