Susan Shelby Magoffin returned to the Santa Fe Trail on Saturday -- 164 years after she left it. About 60 people gathered at Keystone Heritage Park for the unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue of Magoffin, the first Anglo-American woman to make the journey from Missouri to El Paso, and from there to Chihuahua and Santa Fe.
Magoffin kept an extensive diary of her trip, which was made famous when an account of it was published in 1927. The statue shows her perched on a steamer trunk next to her greyhound, Mr. Ring, bent over and writing in her diary.
Sculptor Ethan Houser produced the statue as part of the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest -- an effort to commemorate the diversity of the historic Southwest.
Susan Shelby Magoffin - El Paso, Texas
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