Santa Fe Trail Well

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Santa Fe Trail Well Located three blocks north of Highway 56 on Washington Street in Baldwin (the only Palmyra street to still carry its original name), the Santa Fe Trail Well provided the first fresh water for travelers on the Trail.

Hand dug to 40 feet, it was later deepened to 70 feet and still provides water even during the driest of times.

The diagonal rock road on 1055 just west of the high school is the old Santa Fe Trail.

Address: Located three blocks north of Highway 56 on Washington Street

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