Butterfield Trail

Butterfield Overland Trail Auto Tour Missouri • Arkansas • Oklahoma/Texas • New Mexico/Arizona • California As Waterman Ormsby wrote, traveling by stagecoach across the Great Southwest was a grand adventure: “To many Americans who travel for pleasure this route will Read More …

E-News August 24, 2020

  OCTA Board and Membership Meetings to be Held Via Zoom The OCTA Board and Membership meetings are being held next month virtually via Zoom. The board meeting will begin at 10:30 AM (Central) on Friday, September 18 and the Read More …

E-News April 30, 2020

E-News – 30 April 2020 Update on Status of Butterfield National Historic Trail Educational Resources on OCTA’s Websites Give Us a Like on Facebook Updates from the Partnership for the National Trails System   OCTA Hires Digital Media  Communications Intern Read More …

E-News March 4, 2020

Urgent E-News! – 4 March 2020 Land & Water Conservation Fund Nominations Sought for OCTA Board PNTS Seeks New Executive Director John From, 1935-2019 Southwest Stories with the Two Steves Upgrade Your Membership Now For a Wonderful Gift!   Full Read More …

E-News December 12, 2019

E-News – Yuma Symposium and Other Events: December 12, 2019 Yuma Symposium Year End Appeal Cheez It Bowl Upgrade Your Membership Now For a Wonderful Gift! 2020 OCTA Winter Symposium  “The Southern Crossing:  All Roads Lead to Yuma”  February 21-23, Read More …

Kansas City Metro Area Conceptual Strategy for Development of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California National Historic Trails

The National Park Service – National Trails Intermountain Region worked with MARC, local governments, and local trails organizations to develop a strategy concept plan for retracing the three historic trails — the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails — through Read More …

Cheryl & Gil Hoffman

Leaving a Legacy for the Trails Cheryl and Gil Hoffman of Richland, Washington, are Life Members of OCTA, and partners in OCTA’s Trails Legacy Society through a Living Trust bequest they established to benefit OCTA in perpetuity. “‘You’re a fifth-generation Read More …

Hop King: Ezra Meeker’s Boom Years, by Dennis M. Larsen

Oregon Trail pioneer Ezra Meeker recognized business opportunities and was willing to take risks. He settled in the Puyallup Valley and planted his first hops, eventually traveling to New York and London to open new markets. In 1882, following widespread crop failure elsewhere, desperate brewers offered Pacific coast growers astronomical prices, and the “hop king’s” firm became the largest exporter in the country. As an outstanding entrepreneur on a local and global scale and through his involvement in regional issues such as women’s suffrage and Chinese expulsion, Meeker helped transform the landscape, economics, and politics of his Puget Sound home.

A Guide to the Nobles Trail, by Trails West, Inc., edited by Richard K. Brock and researched by Robert S. Black

New and expanded First Edition includes a host of improvements with revised historical introductions, plate inscriptions, new and updated driving instructions, new and revised Trail Descriptions, additional Overland Narratives, and Supplemental Maps. New features are numerous photographs of the trail, 13 Section Maps showing the trail routes and sites, brief historical Commentaries and Tales, and hiking opportunities at four trail locations.

California Trail: The Story Behind the Scenery, by Charles H. Dodd

Follow the gold seekers as they rush to California, the land of new opportunities. Share their trials as they cross such inhospitable barriers as the 40 Mile Desert, experience their joy as they get closer to their dream. Fantastic photographs accompany the text.