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Santa Fe Trail wagon show planned

The 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail will be commemorated Sept. 17 and 18 with a “Rendezvous at Council Grove” wagon show.

Wagons will be divided into farm, military, and freight categories. No rubber tires are allowed, and no animals are permitted unless approved by the wagon committee.

No entry or admission fee will be charged, but a $1,500 prize pool will be split among winners of each category.

Featured speakers and demonstrators include Jeff MacManus and Rawhide Johnson, president and vice president of the National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association,; horse-drawn wooden wagon historian David Sneed; author and historian Mark Lee Gardener; Katie Gardener, former assistant curator of material culture at Colorado Historical Society; leading Santa Fe Trail expert Leo Oliva; wheelwright and wagon maker Don Werner; and Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop owner Doug Hansen.

More information is available at or by contacting Mark Brooks at (785) 466-1460 or (620) 767-5410.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Council Grove’s Santa Fe Trail 200 Committee and the Kansas Historical Society.

Last modified Sept. 2, 2021