E-News October 16, 2020

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 damage done by all of the strokes is permanent. During the MRI that showed the strokes, many other health issues were discovered. He has declined to treat any of them. We had to make the difficult decision to place him in a skilled nursing facility when the hospital released him. His needs are now to great for us to care for him at home.

“Thank you for the outpouring of love & support to our family. We aren’t sure what the future holds but we are so grateful that his life’s work has made such an impact on all of you.”

The address to send letters or cards is:

Legacy House of Taylorsville
6302 S. Gold Medal Drive
Taylorsville, UT 84129

William Grant Bagley is a historian specializing in the history of the Western United States and the American Old West. He has written about the fur trade, overland emigration, American Indians, military history, frontier violence, railroads, mining, and Utah and Mormon history. Bagley has published extensively over the years. He is the author and editor of twenty books and of many articles and reviews in professional journals, such as the Western Historical Quarterly, Utah Historical Quarterly, Overland Journal, The Journal of Mormon History, and Montana The Magazine of Western History. His column, “History Matters”, appeared every Sunday for four years (2000–2004) in The Salt Lake Tribune.

In September 2014, the Utah State Historical Society granted Bagley its most prestigious honor as a Fellow, joining “the ranks of such luminaries as Dale Morgan, Wallace Stegner, Juanita Brooks, and Leonard Arrington.” OCTA awarded Bagley its Greg Franzwa Award for Lifetime Contributions to Overland Trail History in 2018 at our Ogden, Utah convention. His fiery speech, encouraging us to never shy away from historic preservation, will be long remembered by those who witnessed it. Western Writers of America gave Bagley its Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature in 2019. These are just a few of the awards that Bagley has earned through his writings and scholarship.

OCTA sends its thoughts and love to Will and his family.

Here is a recent 26-minute interview with Will on his “River Fever: Adventures on the Mississippi, 1969-1972,” published in 2019: https://www.pbsutah.org/…/utah…/will-bagley.

OCTA’s Northwest Chapter Wins Oregon Community Foundation Grant









Today we received the following email from the Oregon Community Foundation:”We are pleased to inform you that on 10/13/20, Oregon Community Foundation approved a Community fund grant to Oregon-California Trails Association Northwest Chapter totaling $1,200.00. The grant purpose is to fund materials and expenses related to the installation of ten steel rail markers along the Oregon Trail, noting the trail’s location and providing educational context on aluminum plates for the general population.”

Pictured above is an example of a rail marker from Utah.

America’s National Historic Trails 








“Eye-opening fun for travel, history, nature, hiking and photography lovers: The newly published America’s National Historic Trails by Karen Berger entices aplenty. This engaging 320-page hardcover spotlights 19 history-making USA trails that stretch across a mind-boggling web of more than 37,000 miles through 42 states—from colonial settlements to westward pioneer quests, American Indian movements to American Revolution battlefields, Lewis and Clark explorations to civil rights marches, Captain John Smith’s Chesapeake escapade to the galloping Pony Express. While traversing all of them, photographer Bart Smith ambitiously shot thousands of images, 325 highlights of which showcase the memorable destinations featured in this book. Crack open its oversize cover, get comfy for epic encounters and imagine your footsteps pursuing these hallowed paths.” — Forbes

Ordering information can be found here.

 New Issue of Pathways Across America

The cover story of the Fall issue of Pathways Across America, the publication of the Partnership for the National Trails System, is “The New Normal: Changing Outdoor Representation and Narratives,” by Luz Lituma, a 2020 Trail Intern Grant recipient, Latinx Partnership Coordinator with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Florida Trail Association, and Cofounder of Latinxhikers, which you can read here.

The cover photograph was taken by Van Tran of the Florida Trail Association (FTA): FTA volunteers Hannah Plate and Preston James pass through a mixed pine forest and oak hammock during a volunteer work party in September 2019. The FTA hosted this trail maintenance event in partnership with REI on the Western Corridor of the Florida National Scenic Trail in Ocala National Forest in honor of National Public Lands Day. You can download the entire issue here