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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. 

Upcoming events:

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society Cordially invites you to an Autumn Get-Together

WHAT: A general meeting and social gathering with other CCVHS members

WHEN: Saturday October 20th from 1:30 to 4:30pm

WHERE: Melvin Schoolhouse (4350 S. Laredo St., Aurora CO 80015)

PROGRAM: Larry Dorsey’s “Railroads in the Centennial State”

There will be plenty of refreshments on hand.
(Please feel free to bring your own homemade pastries.) A port-a-potty will be in place in the Melvin parking lot.


"Great Plains Crossings and Intersections"
Speaker: Steve Friesen
October 27, 2018
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Ranch Country Club
11887 Tejon Street
Westminster, Colorado

Steve Friesen, an historian, author and former museum director, has a long interest in the history and role of Indians in the settlement of the American West. In this presentation he will discuss the points of intersection between the Oregon Trail, Pony Express, Indians and Buffalo Bill, along with interesting legends associated with them.

Friesen is the former Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum in Golden, Colorado, a position he held for 22 years until his retirement in 2017. He is the author of Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary, published in 2011, which received a Best Museum Book Award from the Mountain Plains Museums Association.

He is also the author of Lakota Performers in Europe: Their Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind, published in 2017 by the University of Oklahoma Press. This book deals with the role wild west shows played in preserving and promoting Lakota culture in the United States and Europe. It received a Wrangler Award for best non-fiction book of 2017 from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, an award for best illustrated Western history book from the Western History Association and was a finalist for a Spur Award for best historical non-fiction book from the Western Writers of America.
Friesen previously served as Director of the Molly Brown House in Denver, the City of Greeley Museum and the 1719 Hans Herr House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is also the author of A Modest Mennonite Home, published in 1990, about Pennsylvania German life in the 18th century. He received a master's degree in American Folk Culture from the State University of New York.
A book signing will follow the presentation.

RSVP by October 24 to Camille Bradford:

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.
Chapter websites:


The Cherokee Trail with our members Jack and Patricia Fletcher and visit their new website


Proposed Colorado-Cherokee Trail Logo



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