For more information see Santa Fe Trail Organization interactive route map at http://www.santafetrail.org/interactive-trail-map/
We stopped in McPherson for a good steak dinner at Montana Mike's.
McPherson today is a prosperous town of farms, ranches and oil wells. The horizon is lit up by what looks like oil processing operations. Pipes at trackside depots fill awaiting tanker cars that will move whatever it is that the end product is to markets.
As we drive west the air smells of home heating fuel oil.