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The Santa Fe Trail - Great Plains (Stop 2)

This page describes the Great Plains- the second stop of the Santa Fe Trail.
Great Plains

Great Plains

The Endless Prairie

The Great Plains is a vast expanse of prairie and flatlands extending across the middle section of the United States. The area is characterized by flat grasslands or rolling hills with relatively few trees. The area has been historically used for farming, ranching, and manufacturing. Some areas of the Great Plains are completely devoid of people, and others have just four or five per thousand square miles. Much of the Great Plains is known as "Tornado Alley" because most of the nation's tornadoes occur here. The Great Plains area is the home of the American Bison. Millions once roamed here before westward expansion occurred in the 1800's.

Next Stop: Arkansas River

Santa Fe Trail Map

Santa Fe Trail Stops

Introduction
Independence
Great Plains
Arkansas River
Fort Dodge
Bent's Fort
Santa Fe

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