Trails Head Chapter

Covering the Emigrant Trails of Kansas & Missouri

The Trails Head Chapter area encompasses the greater Kansas City area to west of Topeka. The chapter’s name signifies the beginning origins of the Oregon and California National Historic Trails.


The early 19th century towns of Independence and Westport, Missouri began as “jumping off” points from the Missouri River, serving several historic trails and routes for emigrant, commerce and military purposes. Through education, preservation and historical markers the trail comes to life through densely populated and diverse communities. We invite you to drive, hike or bike our many trail corridors (Oregon, California, Santa Fe, Lewis & Clark, and the Military Road) from city to prairie on your westward journey.


President: Mike Smith
Vice-President: Dick Nelson
Secretary: Sandra Weichert
Treasurer: Jean Coupal-Smith
Membership Chairman: Ruby Nelson
Preservation Committee Chairman: Pat Traffas