Official Medal of the Santa Fe
Honouring William Becknell
To commermerate the 150th Anniversary of the first commercial trip on the Santa Fe
Trail, a 99.9 pure silver medal was struck. At 9/16 inches in diameter and weighing 1oz 1
1/4 dwt, only 6,000 medals were available and took the title of The Official Kansas State
Medal for the Santa fe Trail.
This medallion was struck to pay tribute to the era of the beggining of the Santa Fe
Trail in 1822
Pawnee Rock, Kansas and Wagon Mound, New Mexico were chosen to represent "The
Trail" on this medal as they are the first and last out-standing landmarks on the
William Becknell who was known as the " Father of the Santa Fe Trail" is also
depicted on the medal.
The story of his epic journey makes fascinating reading.
As the trail still continues to serve as a leading link between East and West, serving
both commercial and recreational interests, the Santa Fe Trail Association sponsored a
mule train caravan, which left from Santa fe, New Mexico on June 26th 1972 and travelled
to Mission, Kansas. This trip was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of William's first
trip and pay tribute to one of best known old trails.
The madals were sold on route from the pack mules.
The same original design as that on the medals appears on two bronze historical tablets
mounted and dedicated during the Mule Train Caravan stop at Wagon Mound and Pawnee Rock