SFGT: Barnes Enclosure/Cave Spring
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This cache is part of the larger Santa Fe Trail GeoTour: santafetrail.org/geocaching
A short walk on well marked/defined hardpack surface with some light overgrowth and some elevation changes. We have relocated this cache closer to the pavilion to deter muggles.
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Cave Spring is a 39-acre urban nature center and historic area located at 8701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO. The area includes an interpretive center building, picnic area, and scenic walking trails. The easily traveled hiking trails combined with the natural features of a cave and wildlife habitat pond allow many opportunities to pursue ecological studies.
The area and the original Indian trading trail was referred to as the “Osage Trace” because of its use by the Osage Indians. The Cave Spring area was also used by the Sac, Kansa and the Fox for their campgrounds. In 1821, Missouri became a state. The Mexicans began to open trade, especially in the Santa Fe area.
William Becknell traveled the trail and opened the trading route to Santa Fe in 1821. In 1825, Sibley surveyed the trail and the Osage Indians signed a treaty with the US to allow travelers to come through the area unharmed. The Osage left the area for the Kansas Territories.
Until 1872, the campground was a heavily traveled junction on both the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Through these years, over $90 million was traded on the trail. During the 1840's, covered wagons traveling west passed by the area owned and farmed by the Barnes family. In later years, the property was owned by Solomon Young, the maternal grandfather of Harry S Truman.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum