National Geographic : 1929 Aug
Photograph byH.F.Schmidt DAWN IN DODGE CITY, LONG AGO, WITH STAGECOACHES READY TO START WITH MAILS AND PASSENGERS Many stage lines issued arms to passengers for use against Indians and renegade whites who thrived ashighway robbers along theOld Trail. On "Boot Hill," at Dodge City, 38 of these "bad men" were buried. Excavations there for a building,years later, revealed oneearly fighting man buried with guns and spurs on and an Indian arrow in his skull. Photograph by14.'alenske OVER SILENT, EMPTY PLAINS PLODDING EMIGRANTS POUNDED THIS PATH TOEMPIRE The actual Santa Fe Trail, as it looks now, in the hills west of Dodge City, Kansas. Buffalo grasswas burnt offbefore this picture was taken, leaving in plain sight the ruts worn by wagons and stagecoaches. In the left background is the Arkansas River, paralleled byarailway, and, winding toward the horizon, runs the white ribbon of the new Santa Fe Trail paved highway.