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Welcome to the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter website  

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About OCTA

The mission of the Colorado/Cherokee Trails Chapter of OCTA is to protect these Historic Emigrant Trails legacy by promoting research, education, preservation activities and public awareness of the trails, and to work with others to promote these causes. The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter, not to be confused with the Cherokee Trail of Tears, works on marking and mapping the Colorado's network of trails and works with private landowners as well as government agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, on preservation issues. It's a great way to get “on the ground” in OCTA because we sponsor trail outings our their area and have frequent meetings to discuss trail history and preservation.

Most of these events are open to members and non-members alike.

Membership in our chapter is voluntary, although in order to be a member of our local chapter you must be a member of national OCTA. Many members join the Colorado/Cherokee Trail Chapter to get the best available information about issues and projects in our area. We welcome members from all over. We publish own quarterly newsletter.

Upcoming event:  Cherry Creek Historical Society:  Elbert County Museum

We will meet at the Elbert County Museum when it opens at 1:00pm on Saturday August 26th. This museum features the Smoky Hill Trail and its use in later years by railroads and highways. At 515 Comanche Street in the town of Kiowa, it is the Mission-style building at the far east side of town (on the north side of Colo. Hwy 86).

We plan to stay at this museum for at least an hour and then drive/carpool a half-hour to the Limon Heritage Museum & Railroad Park. (From Kiowa: Continue east on Hwy 86 and then get on I-70 headed east; take exit 359 or 361 and go a mile to downtown Limon; from the stoplight, drive 2.5 blocks south to the Town Hall, immediately in back of which is the museum.) The Smoky Hill Trail went through the Limon area. This museum features a 1910 railway depot and a new exhibit building and much more.

Our trip to the telephone history museum will be on Wednesday August 30th at 9:00am. We need to be there by 9:00am so that our tour guide can go through the necessary security procedures and ensure that all our people have picture IDs. As per my previous message, eleven people have expressed an interest in going on this tour and they will be contacted in a separate email.

I have created a new webpage for our Cherokee Trail Southeast Kansas Outing.  Tons of information is found there.  Most of the info is done by our Friends of the Cherokee Trail folks.  Just eight persons in all lead this group and are highly interested in our activities and preservation of the Cherokee Trail.  For the site, Click here.  Thanks to Jack and Pat Fletcher for giving these fine folks the space on their Cherokee Trail. org site.

2017 Kansas Road Map 

The Cherokee Trail has been added to the 2017 Kansas Highway Map.
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The Cherokee Trail with our members Jack and Patricia Fletcher and visit their new website


Proposed Colorado-Cherokee Trail Logo



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