August 22 , 2011

Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway-Mountain Branch CO receives $60,000 Grant for Byway museums and historic sites

The Santa Fe Trail was designated as a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway in 1992 and a Corridor Management Plan (CMP) was completed in 1997. The Corridor Management Plan is the blueprint for the future of the Santa Fe Trail Byway Corridor. It has outlined specific activities and objectives to promote and maintain the historical and cultural significance of the Byway. It is this vision and the direction from the State of Colorado that has continued to foster the historical and cultural significance of the Santa Fe Trail Byway. The Byway received 501 C3 non profit status in 2005 and the ASHTO American State Highway Transportation Official Award for excellence in marketing in 2009. In 2011 the Byway organized the first ever King Coal Car Race for the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival in Trinidad.

The Scenic Byway grant for 2011 will enhance the experience of travelers and visitors through direct and indirect benefits throughout byway communities. The Byway includes 5 Counties, Las Animas, Otero, Bent, Baca, and Prowers Counties. Projects for Trinidad, Lamar, La Junta, and Las Animas are planned with 2011 funding.

Funding will be used for 2 signs for Kit Carson Chapel at Fort Lyon, 2 signs and a exhibit for the kiosk at La Junta Railway Depot, an indoor exhibit for Big Timbers museum in Lamar and a three panel interpretive sign for their new buggy museum , 4 signs for Trinidad gateway at the Colorado Welcome center, a Santa Fe Trail Children's Activity book, 3 Santa Fe Trail brochures about Native Americans, Byway museums, and Transportation -Then and Now. An additional $15,000 match will be cash and in kind services from the Byway Organization and local contributors for a total of $75,000 for the Byway project.

Visit the Colorado's Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway web site at or come by the State Byway Visitors Center at Trinidad History Museum for more information on the Santa Fe Trail, Colorado Byways, and America's Byways.