The Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) and the Southern Trails Chapter of OCTA present the “Yuma Historic Trails and the Yuma Crossing” Symposium, from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23. The Shiloh Inn (pictured above; the hotel is located at 1550 S. Castle Dome Ave.) in Yuma, Arizona is symposium HQ. The symposium will focus on Yuma and its role as the primary crossing of the Colorado River and will include looks at the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. eras, including local tribes, the Alarcon (Coronado) Expedition of 1540, Spanish missions, Juan Bautista de Anza, the Mormon Battalion, 49ers on the Southern Route, the Butterfield Stage, military presence, and the Old Spanish Trail Highway, among others.
The Shiloh Inn at 1550 S. Castle Dome Ave. is our host hotel. It is located at the intersection of I-8 and US 95. OCTA has a room block with single kings and double queens available. Rates are $99 per night and include breakfast. Call the hotel at (928) 782-9511 and ask for the OCTA room block. Reservations must be made by January 19 to receive the discounted rate.
If you go on the tours, bring hats and windbreakers. Though we fully expect sunny skies and 70 degree temperatures, weather in southwest Arizona and southern California can be unpredictable in February. Tour and speaker information can be found on our online registration page.
Mapping and Preservation Workshop
Set for Salt Lake City Next June
OCTA has tentative plans for a meeting in Salt Lake City the week of June 21-27, 2020 to conduct mapping and preservation training. A three day program is planned. A summary of possible topics include:
Finding and validating trail
Recording a trail on a map
Classic MET maps
7.5 min USGS
TNP seamless USGS maps
Markers, tracks and labels
Overlays: Historic and ownership information
GPS operations and interface with software
Survey systems: PLSS, latitude and longitude and UTM
Recording points (markers)
Phone-based systems: Avenza, Base Camp, Gaia
Other mapping software
Importing and exporting data (common formats)
Sharing projects (TNP)
GLO maps and survey notes
Other historic maps (state and federal archives)
Example results of mapping projects
Member presentations on topics of interest
Setting up a mapping project (MET Sec C)
MET mapping coverage status
Critical area identification
Reporting and Archiving data
Federal (NEPA & NHPA) and state laws
Section 106 and trail preservation
National register nominations
As a member of our mapping interest group, we hope you will consider attending. We realize this may depend upon what financial support is available, but for now we are only trying to determine who is interested. We are working with our National Park Service partners to determine if they will be able to provide some financial support.
If you know others who would be interested in this program, please forward this message to them or provide their contact information to those listed above. The only qualification is a serious interest in mapping or preservation. Novices are welcome.
Santa Fe Convention Speaker
Videos Now Available!
If you weren’t able to attend the convention in Santa Fe last September, we were able to record all of the speakers. We’ve spent the autumn editing the video and building website infrastructure to host the videos, and you can now view the speakers. If you attended the convention, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the free access code. If you didn’t attend the convention, you can purchase access for $10 per speaker or $60 for all 14 speakers. The link for purchase can be found on our website. Thanks to everyone who contributed in Santa Fe to help hire the film crew!
OCTA Kicks Off 2020 With a New YouTube Channel!
OCTA kicked off 2020 with a brand new YouTube Channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all of our upcoming videos. Once we get to 1,000 subscribers we’ll have free access to YouTube studios to help us create new content. Ask everyone you know to subscribe—-it’s free!
4th graders at the Trinity School made a very fun video about Scotts Bluff. Take a few minutes to enjoy their work!
Upgrade Your Membership or Purchase a Gift Membership Now For a Wonderful Present!
For a limited time, OCTA is encouraging our existing members to “upgrade” their membership. This also makes an excellent Christmas gift and we’ll send those gifts to your recipient as a present from you. These free gifts include:
if you buy a gift membership for someone new at any level, we will send an item of your choice from the list above to your recipient!
Simply call us at (816) 252-2276 and we will renew your membership at a higher level or simply extend your existing membership for another year past your next renewal date and ship out our “thank yous” immediately. Or, send it as a gift to a friend or family member. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity; it’s only while supplies last.
Finally, if you’re not already a member, join now at the Emigrant level ($50) and we will send you a copy of your choice of items listed above. Not only that, but as a new member you will get immediate access to every single issue of the Overland Journal dating back to 1982 as well as access to Paper Trail, our incredible genealogy tool that helps you search original trail diaries.
No where else will you find such a comprehensive archive of information related to 19th century western emigration trails. Join now and get immediate access to the nearly 40 years worth of the entertaining and informative Overland Journal!