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The Santa Fe Trail

In 1816 a group of men obtained 50 acres and had the land platted for the town of Franklin, named for Benjamin Franklin.  By 1819 Franklin was growing faster than any other town along the Missouri River.  It was the point of organization of the early caravans to Santa Fe.  William Becknell and Benjamin Cooper headed the first expedition, which crossed the Missouri near the Arrow Rock ferry on September 1, 1921.

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