A film includes panoramic views of the Western United States and accounts of trade caravans moving towards Santa Fe, New Mexico from Missouri in 1821. Panoramic views of mountainous terrain, rivers, trees and rocky hills of the Western United States and the Santa Fe Trail. Exteriors of Pueblo houses in Santa Fe. Chili peppers drying on a wall. Several adobe-brick houses. Interiors of an adobe house showing furnishes, silver coins, ironware and blankets of early times. An adobe church in Santa Fe. Interiors of the church showing the oldest reredos.
Launching of USS Santa Fe (CL-60) in Camden, New Jersey. Sponsor of the Santa Fe, Miss Caroline T. Chavez speaks into a microphone. Officers and guests in background. Chocks under the side of the Santa Fe prior to the launch. Miss Caroline and two maids of honor at the launching ceremony. Miss Chavez breaks a bottle of champagne on the bow of Santa Fe as she starts to slide down the way. Shipyard workers wave at the launching of the ship.
City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the United States. Aerial view of Santa Fe city. City street scenes showing pedestrians, automobile and horse drawn vehicle traffic moving along San Francisco street located just off of the historic Santa Fe Plaza, . At end of the street is the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica. Old church at end of clip is San Miguel Mission recognized as the oldest church in the United States built in the early 1600's.
Launching and christening of USS Santa Fe (CL-60) Cleveland Class light crusier from the Camden, New Jersey yards of New York Shipbuilding. Men, women and U.S. Navy officers and sailors at the harbor during the ceremony, including Santa Fe Mayor Manuel Lujan, and 14 year old Caroline Trevelyan Chavez who receives coaching on how to christen the ship and then smashes a bottle of Santa Fe River water on the bow as the crowd claps and the ship slides down the ways. Ambient sound heard briefly at the christening and afterwards with crowd cheering at different times in the clip. The cruiser slides down the ways enters into the Delaware River. Dignitaries raise their hats to bid goodbye to the ship. The ship turning about in the Delaware River.
Launching of USS Santa Fe (CL-60) in Camden, New Jersey. USS Santa Fe slides down the way. Shipyard workers at the launch of the ship. Tugs take over Santa Fe and tow her into a basin.
Scenes of the South Western region of the United States. A map shows Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. Scenic sweeping wide views of Mountains, plains and canyons in the United States in lofty mountainous area. View of the Grand Canyon. Tourists visit ruins. Ruins of Aztec dwellings in the Chaco Canyon area. The Pueblos at Santa Fe. Native American Indian Navaho Indians weave rugs. Indian Men and cowboys on wheel carts and horses in a dry area. Women sow seeds in the farm. Cattle grazing and Sheep graze in a field. A copper mine.