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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:  William Henry Jackson: Artist and Mapmaker in his later years
Presentation by Camille Bradford
Date: June 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Westminster History Center
7200 Lowell Boulevard
Westminster, Colorado

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), a Civil War veteran, was renowned as a photographer in the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, which led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. He had a long and fruitful career as a photographer of the American West. He participated in a number of events throughout the USA to preserve the legacy of the trails. Jackson’s iconic photographs have been reproduced in numerous books and magazines over the years.

From 1929 until his death in 1942, Jackson was Research Secretary of the Oregon Trail Memorial Association (OTMA), creating maps of pioneer trail routes and paintings of historic western scenes. He also actively participated in OTMA’s events throughout the West. OTMA was founded earlier in the 1920s by Ezra Meeker. After Meeker’s death in 1928 Howard R. Driggs succeeded him as President. Jackson, Meeker and Driggs were three of the first inductees into OCTA’s Emigrant Trails Hall of Fame:

This presentation will focus on Jackson’s work in his later years and its relationship to Meeker and Driggs.

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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