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OCTA Board and Membership Meetings to be Held Via Zoom Tomorrow at 10:30 AM (Central), OCTA will hold its semi-annual board meeting via Zoom. Our annual membership meeting will follow on Saturday, also at 10:30 AM (Central). If you would like Read More …


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FERNLEY SWALES CLEANUP National Public Lands Day, September 26, 2020 Just a mile north of Fernley, the Fernley Swales (1844-1868) are the ONLY example of deep sand swales left by emigrant wagons on the California Trail. The Central Pacific Railroad Read More …


Summer Appeal Fundraiser Wrapping Up Today Just a reminder that we are closing out our summer fundraising appeal today. We truly appreciate all of the incredible support shown by our members this summer! You can donate now on our secure Read More …


  OCTA Board and Membership Meetings to be Held Via Zoom Yesterday we sent information regarding the board meeting and membership meeting with a request to email board member Jean Coupal-Smith if you would like the Meeteig ID # and Read More …


  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 …


Here is the August 5 issue of OCTA E-News


Literary works of Oregon Trail pioneers now are permanently displayed at six new sites in Union and Umatilla counties [Oregon] thanks to an ambitious group of Hermiston Boy Scouts. The youths installed a total of six Oregon Trail markers made Read More …


Here is the July 21 issue of OCTA E-News


Here is the June 23 issue of OCTA E-News


We Need Your Input for Our Next Strategic Plan! The current OCTA Strategic Plan 2015-2020 expires this year. An updated OCTA Strategic Plan was drafted during a workshop held in Yuma, Arizona on February 20, 2020. OCTA members are encouraged Read More …


E-News – 5 June 2020 William Gilpin on OCTA’s YouTube Channel The Butterfield Stage Experience Finding the Grave of John Snyder Great Outdoors American Act Genealogy Research “You Have Died of Dysentery” 40K   OCTA’s Newest Video Now Available  on Our Read More …


Read about Canine Forensics discoveries at the Donner Party “Starved Camp” along with with other interesting information in the Institute for Canine Forensics June 2020 Newsletter


E-News – 12 May 2020 Bidwell-Bartleson “You Have Died of Dysentery” 40K City of Rocks Restoration Fund New Instagram Page and Twitter Feed   Bidwell-Bartleson Party Departed  Sapling Grove 179 Years Ago Today:  1st Wagon Train to California On this Read More …


E-News – 8 May 2020 Elko and Casper Convention Updates   Elko and Casper Convention Updates This week, the OCTA Board of Directors held an online vote to decide whether to hold or postpone the Elko, Nevada convention next September. Read More …


  E-News – 5 May 2020 #GivingTuesdayNow   #GivingTuesdayNow , We believe that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 touches every person on the planet, and it Read More …


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 – 27 April 2020 Cadaver Dogs to Search for Gold Rush-Era Graves City of Rocks National Preserve in Idaho Falls Victim to Graffiti Vandals Georgia Ann Talbott American Solar Challenge Postponed Until Summer 2021 Thank You For Your Continued Read More …


E-News – 8 April 2020 Thank You For Your Continued Support National Frontier Trails Museum to Remain Closed Update on Kathy Franzwa Give Us a Like on Facebook Download Speaker Videos From Santa Fe Convention Upgrade Your Membership Now For Read More …


E-News – 1 April 2020 Death on the Trail Navajo Springs Ilene Gorzitze Phil Brigandi Download Speaker Videos From Santa Fe Convention Upgrade Your Membership Now For a Wonderful Gift!   Death on the Trail: Using Modern Tech  to Learn Read More …


E-News – 27 March 2020 Special Message From OCTA President Lee Black Special Message from Immediate Past President Pat Traffas Idaho Chapter Invites You to Enjoy Their March Newsletter Southern Trails Chapter Invites You to Enjoy Their March Newsletter Mount Read More …


Urgent E-News! – 24 March 2020 OCTA HQ to Close for 30 Days Due to Citywide Coronavirus Decree Nominations Sought for OCTA Board PNTS Issues Pandemic Response Letter to Congress Download Speaker Videos From Santa Fe Convention Southern Trails Chapter Read More …


News From the Plains March 17, 2020 IN THIS ISSUE News From the Plains Spring 2020 Special Message from OCTA Board Member Jean Coupal-Smith Regarding COVID-19 News From the Plains Spring 2020    The Spring 2020 edition of  News From the Read More …


4-Trails Legislation (by Bill Martin) The long-awaited feasibility and suitability study for additional routes of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California and Pony Express National Historic Trails (AKA the 4-Trails study) has been completed. Over a period of ten years, the Read More …


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 …


February E-News – 28 February 2020 Yuma Symposium Wrap Up Butterfield Overland Trail Feasibility Study for 4 Trails Harlan Seyfer Receives Award Alicia Keegan, 1964-2020 National Frontier Trails Museum Now Hiring PNTS Director Gary Werner Retires Upgrade Your Membership Now Read More …


E-News – Lots of Updates!! – January 23, 2020 Yuma Symposium Tom McCutcheon Dr. Robert Munkres Berl Meyer Lauren Manning OCTA’s New YouTube Channel! Santa Fe Convention Speaker Videos Upgrade Your Membership Now For a Wonderful Gift! 2020 OCTA Winter Read More …


E-News – Yuma Symposium and Other Updates – January 7, 2020 Yuma Symposium Mapping and Preservation Workshop Santa Fe Convention Speaker Videos OCTA’s New YouTube Channel! Boardman to Hemingway in the Wall Street Journal Southern Trails Chapter’s Latest Newsletter Trinity Read More …


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 …


Ours is a transient society. We move from place to place, job to job, knowing that home and family are only a phone call or a plane flight or a Facebook post or text message away. It hasn’t always been Read More …


E-News – Upcoming Events:October 30, 2019 Allen Wiechert OCTA’s Dave Vixie Cheez It Bowl Upgrade Your Membership Now For a Wonderful Gift! Obituary Allen L. Wiechert    Allen L Wiechert, 81, died October 29, 2019, at Overland Regional Medical Center, Read More …


B2H Video – Update January 1, 2020 OCTA has produced a short video about the proposed Boardman to Hemingway  (B2H) transmission line in Oregon. View B2H video here _________________________________________________ B2H Lawsuit Filed – Update November 14, 2019 The Stop B2H Read More …