Bienvenidos a Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area! One way to see and learn new things to celebrate the 9th and 99th year of Freedom’s Frontier and the National Park Service is to brush up on your Espaῆol or “Encuentra tu Parque” in your native tongue.
Mexican and Hispanic culture plays a major role in the history of Freedom’s Frontier, especially through the Santa Fe Trail. Unlike the Oregon or California Trails, the Santa Fe Trail was a two-way exchange of goods and culture. You can follow the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail in Missouri on the Santa Fe Trail Byway or visit one of the last remaining stagecoach stops on the Santa Fe Trail at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. Search out other important sites on the Santa Fe Trail with the help on the National Park Service and the Santa Fe Trail Association.
You can also celebrate more recent Hispanic influences at festivals like Fiesta Kansas City or Topeka’s Fiesta Mexicana. Take in some art and learn the history of the Argentine neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, at the “Anthology of Argentine” mural on 30th and Woodland.