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Old West Cemetery

On a dirt road, off the Old Santa Fe Trail and in the Shadow of the Wagon Mound, the last natural landmark on the trail headed towards Fort Union, sits an Old West Cemetery.

The Santa Clara Cemetery, still in use by the local community, is also the final resting place of many pioneers from the Old West. Many sites are marked by faded wooden crosses.

The Santa Clara Cemetery contains the gravestone of Charles Fraker, a Santa Fe Trail pioneer and freighter. His tombstone has a relief of a  Conestoga wagon, which was the prominent style wagon used in the mid 19th century and is similar in shape to the Wagon Mound butte, from which it’s named.

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