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Welcome to the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter website
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).
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.
The Cherokee Trail has been added to the 2017 Kansas Highway Map.