Trails Head

Covering the Emigrant Trails of Kansas & Missouri

Entrance of Minor Park

1/7 Entrance of Minor Park

Ruts that come up from the Blue River at Minor Park

2/7 Ruts that come up from the Blue River at Minor Park

Old Red Bridge

3/7 Old Red Bridge

Open Prairie

4/7 Open Prairie

Ruts coming up from Missouri River at Ft. Leavenworth

5/7 Ruts coming up from Missouri River at Ft. Leavenworth

Trail crossing Gardner Junction – Info panels

6/7 Trail crossing Gardner Junction – Info panels

Lewis & Clark Trail Marker overlooking the Missouri River - Ft. Leavenworth

7/7 Lewis & Clark Trail Marker overlooking the Missouri River - Ft. Leavenworth

Trails Head chapter area encompasses the greater Kansas City area to west of Topeka. The chapter's name signifies the beginning origins of the Oregon and California National Historic Trails.

Overview

The early 19th Century towns of Independence and Westport began as "jumping off" points from the Missouri River, serving several historic trails and routes for emigrant, commerce and military purposes. Through education, preservation and historical markers the trail comes to life through densely populated and diverse communities. We invite you to drive, hike or bike our many trail corridors; (Oregon, California, Santa Fe, Lewis &Clark, and the Military Road,) from city to prairie on your westward journey.

      Leadership

      • President: Jean Coupal-Smith
      • Vice-President: Dick Nelson
      • Secretary: Mary Conrad
      • Treasurer: Arnold Cole

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