Memorial Bench to Honor OCTA Founder

Apr 13, 2018



In response to a 1982 letter asking what could be done to prevent further loss of extant Oregon Trail ruts and swales, Gregory Franzwa convened a group of interested trail enthusiasts in Denver to address the issue and determine how to go forward in the future. The result was the founding of OCTA. Greg sparked renewed interest in the Oregon Trail with his 1972 book, Oregon Trail Revisited, was OCTA’s first president, and functioned as an executive officer for the first few years, utilizing his Patrice Press business to promote OCTA and its mission. OCTA owes a debt of gratitude to Franzwa for his efforts. In recognition of that debt, OCTA is embarking upon a fund drive to construct a memorial bench in his honor. It will be installed at the National Frontier Trails Center in Independence, Missouri. Our goal is to raise $2,500 for fabrication and installation. It will include appropriately inscribed wording and will be similar to the bench in the picture. You can help by sending a donation to OCTA headquarters today. Please indicate that the donation is designated for the Franzwa Memorial Fund. Send your donation to Oregon-California Trails Association, PO Box 1019, Independence, MO 64051.

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