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.
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 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.
Tribute to war correspondent, Ernie Pyle in New Mexico. Newspaper with the headline 'Roving Reporter' consists of an article on Ernie Pyle. A building in a field. Ship at sea. Smoke arises from the stacks of the ship. A train passes on the track. Pyle's home in New Mexico. A woman plays with a dog outside the house. Books in shelves inside the house. Photographs of soldiers and officers on the wall. Views of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Silver cities. Scenes of Carlsbad Caverns, the Rio Grande and a Pueblo reservation. Troops fire in the field. Trees in the field. A globe on a table. New Mexico pointed on the globe. Buildings in the city. People walk on the street. Cars pass on the street. A woman paints a picture. Houses on the ground. A grave on the ground. Mining of lead, zinc and silver in the city.
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.