Explore the history of the American frontier west from the pioneers and Indians who led the way, to covered wagons, cattle and cowboys who followed later.

Fort Osage, Jackson County, Missouri

Fort Osage, Jackson County, Missouri
Fort Osage was built in 1808 and occupied until 1827. Trading post functions were discontinued in 1822.

Saving A Legacy/Across the Kansas Prairie

Saving A Legacy/Across the Kansas Prairie

21 minutes DVD explaining trail remnants and sites in an effort to preserve an American treasure.

Twin Sisters, City of Rocks National Reserve, Malta, Idaho

Twin Sisters, City of Rocks National Reserve, Malta, Idaho

View of Donner-Truckee Area, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Truckee, California

View of Donner-Truckee Area, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Truckee, California

Save the Trail!

Save the Trail!

Protect the traces that remain!

Learn

Learn

Our learning center is organized to make it easier to research and find materials useful for understanding the varied aspects of the westward migrations.

Connect

Connect

Find OCTA events and activities in your area, connect with expert local speakers, and read a wide-range of quality Oregon Trail publications.

Preserve

Preserve

OCTA actively works to preserve historic emigrant trails through trail mapping, trail marking, site identification, archaeology, and trails legislation.