3-Trails Corridor

Raytown Historical Society Museum

Leading from Independence to Raytown on the Independence route of the trails (today, Blue Ridge Boulevard), modern-day travelers reach Raytown, Missouri. Raytown was born in 1849 from blacksmith William Ray’s hammer and anvil. The story of early day trail travel is told in this modern-day bedroom community’s museum, situated a stone’s throw away from the historic Santa Fe Trail.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson

Raytown Historical Society Museum

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Cache Coordinates

POINT (-94.466867 39.008467)

Cache Description

Be sure to visit Santa Fe Trail Geocache to learn about the PASSPORT ACTIVITY to accompany this Geo Tour. This cache is located at the front desk and looks like a leather trunk that was used by historical travelers. The identifying GC # will be on the front, along with the green geocaching.com with information about the cache. This container has an identifying GC # on the outside of the box, and the dark green geocaching.com ID is on the side of the boxes with the coordinate information, 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.

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Next to mills and general mercantile stores that offered westward travelers their last chance at provisions, the blacksmith was a vital link for 19th century travelers. Ray’s blacksmith shop fashioned the accessories they needed to walk 800-miles southwest to Santa Fe or 2,000-miles west to Oregon or California: horseshoes; wagon wheels and other hammered and forged parts; even cookware and yokes for oxen. The Raytown Historical Society Museum interprets both of these vital supply outlets with a re-created general store and blacksmith shop complete with original artifacts that help tell this aspect of overland travel. From here, the meandering trail (Blue Ridge Boulevard), will take you to the next stop that 19th century travelers would have passed—and possibly stopped for a respite—the Archibald and Sallie Rice Home.
Thanks to: David W. Jackson