It was in the village of New Santa Fe that two trails to the West met. One from Westport and one from Independence came through Blue Valley. Today the official Santa Fe Trail marker stands at State Line and the one street of the town at 125th Street. This village of the trail days, as well as Westport, owed its very beginning and the period of its greatest commercial importance to the Santa Fe trade and all commerce to the Southwest. New Santa Fe was created when Dabney Lipscomb and his wife, Elizabeth, on May 6, 1851, deeded a small part of their land for a townsite. The village of New Santa Fe consisted of two general stores, a shoe shop, a drugstore, the Watson Place Inn, a blacksmith shop and the post office, established August 2, 1853, with Benjamin C. Westfall as first postmaster. A saloon was on the state line, making it possible to transact business in Missouri or Kansas, and in the building was Dr. Harrison's office. One of the
store buildings was built by James Bridger and George W. Kemper. The storekeeper was J.P.Smith.
Hidden in the Kansas City area is a small waterfalls.
Thousands drive by it each day and don't know it's there or the history that surrounds it. The photo of the falls, below, doesn't show the road just on the other side of the trees~I 435. It also doesn't show all the car dealerships, fast food places, grocery stores, or retail stores that surround this small falls.
The cemetery of New Santa Fe.
I did find a listing of those buried here.
Lots of babies didn't make the trip west.
In a far corner is this marker. A replacement marker with only the date of his death.
My research showed no other information, no name or birthdate.
Just the fact that he died a "horse thief".