Joan Myers photographs of the Santa Fe Trail are the record of her travels on the nineteenth-century trade route between Santa Fe and Missouri, enriched and filtered by her unique perspective in this century.
In 1822, William Becknell led the first freight wagons from Franklin, Missouri, through southern Kansas, down across northeastern New Mexico to Santa Fe, thus establishing the viability of a trade route soon known as the Santa Fe Trail. Thousands of traders and immigrants along with United States Army troops traveled the Trail until it was superseded by the railroad in 1880.
The photographs toured the nation for three years under the auspices of SITES (the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service). They also appeared in Along the Santa Fe Trail with text by Marc Simmons (University of New Mexico Press, 1986), now out of print.