New Walking/Driving Tour Map

The all-new Lexington Walking/Driving Tour map is now available at the Lexington Tourism Bureau, the Lexington Historical Museum, Battle of Lexington State Historic site and other locations within the city.


The map includes detailed information about the four Historic Districts that are located within Lexington as well as historic Machpelah Cemetery where many of the well-known personages of Lexington’s past are laid to rest. The four Historic Districts are:


1. The Downtown Commercial District, from the steamboat era, to the Civil War, to the days when coal miners filled the saloons and other establishments of Block 42. Approximately 1 mile.


2. Highland Avenue Historic District, Once part of the Santa Fe Trail, merchants and business leaders built large homes that over look the Missouri River. Approximately 1 mile.


3. Battle of Lexington State Historic Site & Wentworth Historic District, This area highlights Lexington’s military heritage, from the 1861 Battle of Lexington to Wentworth Military Academy, the oldest west of the Mississippi. Approximately 1.3 miles.


4. Old Neighborhood Historic District & Machpelah Cemetery, Homes dating from the 1830s to the early 1900s in styles from Greek Revival to Queen Anne line the streets. Machpelah Cemetery is the last resting place for many Lexington notables. Approximately 1.8 miles.




Santa Fe Walking Tour

American settlers had been living in the Lexington area for only a few years when William Becknell left Franklin, in central Missouri, for Santa Fe in September 1821. The Santa Fe Trail became America's first great international commercial highway, and for nearly sixty years thereafter was one of the nation's great routes of adventure and western expansion.

With the success of the new Santa Fe Trail, most early traders went through Lexington. Trade goods such as tinware, tobacco, whiskey and beeswax originated in Lexington. Direct expeditions from the area started as early as 1824 when Strother Renick was hired by General McRea to "take a small stock of goods on pack mules over the trackless prairie to Mexico."


Take the 15 stop tour of Historic sites in Lexington connected to the Santa Fe Trail by clicking here, or on the map to the right for a PDF of the tour.


Tour was originally researched & written by Roger Slusher



Walking/Driving Tours

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