Palace of the Governors
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Palace of the Governors occupies an entire block. It is now a museum and various rooms in the palace display trail-related exhibits such as Indian pottery, maps, a Spanish cart, a horse-drawn hearse and chuck wagon. It also has an extensive gift shop. Open 10 AM- 5:00 PM, daily. As you face the Palace of the Governors just around the right hand (E) corner of the building is the "Cowbelle's Trail Plaque" in bronze. It lies under an iron hitching post. The plaque honors early Santa Fe Trail drivers.
Certified Site of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. Built in 1610, the Palace of the Governors is the oldest existing public building in Santa Fe. It served as the seat of government for 300 years. General Kearny raised the American flag here in 1846. Native Americans display authentic Indian jewelry under the portal. It is located in the Santa Fe Historic District and is a National Historic Landmark.