3-Trails Corridor

National Frontier Trails Museum

Installed in the former Waggoner Gates Milling Company flour mill, the National Frontier Trails Museum, open daily year-round, interprets four major trail systems that traversed this area: Lewis and Clark; Santa Fe; Oregon; and, California. This is also the site of a significant public spring that once provided needed fresh water to overland travelers passing through.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson

National Frontier Trails Museum

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Cache Coordinates

POINT (-94.4194 39.0868)

Cache Description

This cache will require a visit to the museum lobby. Hours are: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It is clearly identifiable with the GC number noted on the outside. Be sure to visit Santa Fe Trail Geocaching to learn about the PASSPORT ACTIVITY to accompany this Geo Tour. This container on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail Geo Tour looks like a small trunk that would have been used by travelers. It will be identified with the GC # on the front and the dark green geocaching.com ID is on the outside of the box with the information that provides coordinates, who set the cache and who to contact for information. Each cache contains a logbook to sign, a variety of items that provide information about the Santa Fe Trail as well as swag items. If you are participating in the Passport activity, the code word is located on the inside of the box, on the top of the lid and is clearly identified as Code Word.

At the desk in a leather trunk.
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The National Frontier Trails Museum is devoted to four great western routes: the Lewis and Clark; Santa Fe; Oregon; and, California Trails. The Merrill J. Mattes Research Library--perhaps the nation's largest collection of rare books, documents, and diaries solely about the westward movement--is open by appointment to the public. Visitors enjoy an award-winning film; exhibits including covered wagons, trail artifacts, original diaries and letters; and a ‘pack-your-wagon’ hands-on activity for youths . . . all devoted to showcasing westward expansion’s impact on American history. North of the museum is an authentic train depot interpreting the end of the trails, saved from demolition and relocated to this site. Beyond the depot and across the railroad tracks, lies the headwaters of a mighty fresh-water spring that 19th century travelers could partake as they rolled on their southwesterly route. The spring, buried by rubble from a tragic fire when the Waggoner-Gates Mill exploded in the 1960s, is planned to be re-excavated for future interpretation.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson