E-News


  Welcome to New OCTA Intern Charlie Hsing-chuan Dodge OCTA is pleased to announce the addition of our newest intern, Charlie Hsing-chuan Dodge. Charlie graduated from Temple City High School in suburban Los Angeles where she was a member of Read More …


OCTA’s Newest YouTube Video: Butterfield Pass and the Maricopa Mountains OCTA’s newest YouTube Channel offering, Butterfield Pass and the Maricopa Mountains, makes its debut today. Join Bureau of Land Management archaeologist Cheryl Blanchard for the third and final time in this Read More …


  OCTA’s Newest YouTube Video: Painted Rocks OCTA’s newest YouTube Channel offering, Painted Rocks, makes its debut today. Join Bureau of Land Management archaeologist Cheryl Blanchard as she explains this site that she manages as part of her duties in Arizona. Read More …


OCTA’s Newest YouTube Video: St. Joseph: King of the Trails OCTA’s newest YouTube Channel offering, St. Joseph: King of the Trails, debuted on Friday. Our E-News was delayed due to an outage with our E-News program. Join OCTA experts, museum directors, and Read More …


OCTA’s Newest YouTube Video: Butterfield Overland Stage and the Southern Route Through Arizona OCTA’s newest YouTube Channel offering on the Butterfield Overland Stage and the Southern Route Through Arizona debuts today. Join OCTA experts, college professors, professional historians, and Bureau of Read More …


OCTA’s Newest YouTube Video: Lone Elm Campground  OCTA’s newest YouTube Channel offering on the Lone Elm Campground in Olathe, Kansas debuts today. Join Pat Traffas, Past President of OCTA, as she describes to you the history of this famed campground Read More …


OCTA’s Newest YouTube Video: Yuma Crossing  OCTA’s newest offering on our YouTube Channel on the Yuma Crossing debuts today. Join Tina Clark, archaeologist and historian of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage, as she guides you around Yuma to learn about Read More …


Picacho Peak to Nogales: Trail Corridor of the Southwest During last night’s Southern Trails Chapter presentations, Dan Judkins introduced OCTA’s newest YouTube video, Picacho Peak to Nogales: Trail Corridor of the Southwest. Please visit our YouTube Channel to enjoy this Read More …


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OCTA Needs Your Input on a Short Elko Convention and Membership Survey OCTA is set to hold its annual convention in Elko, Nevada from September 13-16. Our contract stipulates that we need to make a final decision on whether or Read More …


OCTA President Lee Black to Host Fireside Chat on Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter’s Zoom Speaker Series    The next Zoom event for the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter is a “Fireside Chat” with Lee Black, OCTA’s National President, on Saturday, February 20. When Lee Read More …


OCTA Member Gerald Ahnert to Present on the Butterfield Overland Stage and Southern Overland Trail   On Saturday, February 5 at 3 PM Central, Gerald Ahnert will be interviewed by Voices of the West, a radio program out of Tucson, Arizona. Although Read More …


Board Meeting Set for February 27 It’s time to be preparing for the mid-year Zoom board meeting scheduled for the 27th of February.     If you have any agenda items to submit, please send them to President Lee Black at nobletr1857@gmail.com. Read More …


OCTA Selects New Western Region Representative   OCTA is pleased to announce that Isobel Lingenfelter of Salt Lake City, Utah was chosen as the new Western Region Representative (WRR). Sharon Brown, OCTA’s previous WRR, retired on December 31, but is Read More …


Thank You to Those Who Supported the Oregon-California-Santa Fe Trail 30K Thank you to everyone who logged in to check out OCTA’s Association Manager and his 30K run through the historic trail corridor of the Oregon-California-Santa Fe National Historic Trails Read More …


The Oregon-California-Santa Fe Trail 30K Let us wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Help us celebrate the holidays by participating in this special event on Saturday, December 26.To help promote the creation a 47-mile long Read More …


Scam Alert If anyone received an email from OCTA leadership asking for the purchase of gift cards, please disregard it. It is a scam. It appears that at least one email address was compromised. The Oregon-California-Santa Fe Trail 30K To Read More …


Shop the OCTA Website for Great Gift Ideas Our website is a great resource for gift shopping. Here’s one of over 400 products we offer for sale. Buy now to ensure shipping before Christmas! Visit the store at: OCTA Store Read More …


Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter Zoom Meeting The next Zoom Meeting of the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter is on Saturday, November 14: Time: 1:00 Pacific 2:00 Mountain 3:00 Central 4:00 Eastern Please join the chapter for a discussion with Jeff Broome, author of Indian Read More …


Update on Will Bagley An update on Will Bagley from his daughter Cassandra: “With great sadness I am announcing that my Dad has suffered nine strokes. Unfortunately we missed the window of opportunity to treat them which now means the Read More …


  Partnership for the National Trails System Virtual Workshop October 21-29, 2020 The Partnership for the National Trails System originally planned to hold its Historic Trails Workshop in South Carolina this month, but with COVID shut-downs, they have moved it Read More …


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 …