Imagine Prairie Schooners rumbling over the landscape, 10 feet tall and 23 feet long (with yoke). Imagine further that today you can still see evidence of those 44-50-inch diameter wooden wheels in the terrain from Missouri to New Mexico! Today U.S. highway 56 follows much of the original trail route from Kansas City, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Along the trail, original ruts are preserved in many places. Such is the case near Baldwin City in Douglas County, northeastern Kansas.