In this issue

  • Convention Tours Filling Up Fast!
  • OCTA Convention Mask Information
  • Mapping Emigrant Trails Workshop, August 25-26
  • Order Your Convention Merchandise Now!
  • OCTA's Third Podcast is Now Live!
  • OCTA's Two New Documentaries Now Available for Download!
  • Convention Auction and Raffle Items Needed!
  • David LeRoy Bauer, 1943 - 2022
  • Submit Your Volunteer Hours
  • Gateway Chapter Bus Tour, August 
  • Mormon Pioneer Trail Symposium, August 18-19, 2022, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Casper Convention, August 28 - September 2, 2022 
  • Puyallup Historical Society at the Meeker Mansion Events Schedule
  • 2022 National Trails Workshop in Albuquerque - Save the Date for November 2–4, 2022
  • OCTA's 41st Annual Convention at Gering, Nebraska - Save the Date for July 25-29, 2023
  • Online Survey for Oregon State-Wide Preservation Goals
Books & Publications
  • Go West, Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on the Oregon Trail
  • Order Fresh Coffee and Help OCTA's Bottom Line

Convention Tours Filling Up Fast!

Join us for OCTA's 40th annual convention from August 28th through September 2nd, 2022. All of the pre- and post-convention tours are sold out, as are the Tuesday bus tours to Independence Rock and along the Bozeman Trail. The Thursday tour along the Bozeman Trail only has four seats remaining However, the Tuesday half-day tour of the Battle of Red Buttes now has more seats available to those who might want to sign up for it, as we've changed from a van to a bus in order to accommodate more people.

For those who signed up for Randy Brown's post-convention tour, please know that due to dry conditions on private ranches we will not be able to lead that tour now. Randy is instead offering a "Points West Along the Sweetwater River" tour in its place. OCTA contacted those who signed up for the original tour to let them know of the change. We will of course refund your money if you do not want to take this new tour. 

Registration information is 
live on our website. You'll see the updated information for Friday's post-convention tour there. See you in Casper!

OCTA Board Passes Motion Making Masks
Optional at the Casper Convention

The increasing number of COVID cases across the country raised the question as to whether we need to require masks to be worn at the indoor sessions and on the coaches. There is no Wyoming statewide nor Casper-Natrona countywide health orders at this time. With these facts in mind, the OCTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to follow their guidance, in which they RECOMMEND wearing a mask when indoors or when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance.

The motion passed by the Board read as:

Unless new health orders are issued, we will advise our members and attendees at the OCTA Annual Convention in Casper that ‘masks are recommended but not required for all indoor sessions and on the coaches. We will communicate this by E-News and by posters at the Convention. We will make masks available at Registration.

Registration information is live on our website.

We look forward to seeing you in Casper!

Battle of Red Buttes Documentary
Set to Debut at Casper Convention

We are thrilled to debut a brand-new documentary about the Battle at Red Buttes on Monday, August 29 in Casper, Wyoming as part of our annual convention. The movie is being created for the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper. The Battle of Red Buttes occurred in 1865 as retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre. It will play alongside OCTA's newest documentary, Wagon Master: Hansen's Hand-Crafted History, with a Q&A session to follow both films. Learn how to register for the convention here.

Mapping Emigrant Trails Workshop Set for August 25-26

OCTA, in partnership with the Historic Sites Division of the LDS Church, is set to offer a "Mapping Emigrant Trails 101" workshop on August 25-26 at Sun Ranch, Wyoming. This workshop will cover the basics of mapping emigrant trails, with one day in the classroom learning the basics of the Mapping Emigrant Trails book and one day field experience. National Preservation Officer John Winner will lead the classroom day and former OCTA VP Dick Waugh will lead the field experience. Space will be very limited, and we plan to keep the class to around 25 participants. All details can be found on the mapping workshop registration page. Learn more about the area where we're holding this workshop by reading Wyoming Chapter President Tom Rea's excellent book, Devil's Gate: Owning the Land, Owning the Story.

Order Your Convention Merchandise Now!

The website for pre-ordering your Casper convention merchandise just went live! Visit the convention online order webpage to place your order now. Please order by August 7 and remember that all proceeds help the Wyoming Chapter's bottom line. All sales go directly to the chapter, so please support our friends in Wyoming!


OCTA's Third Podcast is Now Live!

OCTA intern Charlie Dodge recently wrapped up her internship with OCTA and began a new career in late May with the Center for Public Integrity. She graduated from New York University in mid-May, but as part of her senior capstone project, she created a new podcast for OCTA. In an effort to reach newer, younger, and more diverse audiences, Charlie focused on lesser-known stories, especially stories related to the trail experience of women, children, African-Americans, the Chinese, or American Indians.

In this new episode, Charlie interviews Dr. Shirley Ann Wilson Moore, Professor Emerita from Sacramento State University. Author and retired professor Shirley Moore explains her process for gathering and sharing the stories of Black Emigrants on the Overland Trails. Dr. Moore received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, 1976; her MA from the University of California, Berkeley, 1979; and her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, 1989. Before arriving at UNLV, she taught at Harvard University, San Francisco State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating from high school in Southern California, she enrolled at UCLA as a sociology major intending to become a high school teacher or social worker. However, the US history courses she was required to take at UCLA were taught by some outstanding instructors who asked some intriguing questions about our national story. This experience opened her to the possibility that history could be an inclusive discipline that could illuminate the lives of the marginalized and anonymous as well as the eminent. Her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with extraordinary professors like Lawrence Levine, Leon Litwack, Earl Lewis, and Winthrop Jordan deepened this conviction that has continued to inform and guide her professional work to this day. (Excerpted from the American Historical Association). 

In Charlie's first episode, she interviewed long-time Overland Journal editor Bob Clark about some of the articles for which that publication has earned some renown. In her second episode, she interviewed, Dr. Sue Fawn Chung, professor emerita from UNLV, and the Chinese in the Gold Rush. The podcast is well-produced, highly entertaining, and even features original music. The first episode checked in at 24-minutes and the second in 36-minutes, so we do hope you'll take the time to download and enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to our SoundCloud Channel so you hear future episodes.

We are very excited about this new opportunity to reach so many new audiences! We will bring you a new episode in August, so
subscribe now and be the first to know when it's live!

OCTA's Two New Documentaries
Now Available for Download!

OCTA has busied itself of late creating content for PBS stations to help get our name in front of new audiences, but many of our members do not live in areas where they can watch these local PBS broadcasts. We've busied ourselves this summer with building a new Vimeo channel to hold any new documentaries OCTA will create in the future. The best part is that these projects, all funded with various grants, will also create new streams of revenue for OCTA into the far future. 

Wagon Master: Hansen's Hand-Crafted History, and History and Change on the Old Spanish Trail: Mountain Springs to Salt Creek, are both now available on our brand-new Vimeo Channel. Both movies can be rented for 24 hours for only $3, or you can purchase them for $10 and watch them again and again. However, OCTA members receiving this E-News can take advantage of a 50% discount on either the rental or purchase price by entering the code "Bidwell1841." So, your rental price is only $1.50 and your purchase price is only $5. Of course, we'll also be showing Wagon Master on the big screen at the Casper convention, and it is a treat to see the masterful cinematography on a large screen, so do not miss that opportunity. Please let friends and family alike know that OCTA has lots of incredible new content available (as you'll read further on in this E-News).

Wagon Master is the story of how Doug Hansen learned to handcraft 19th-century wheeled vehicles, with curiosity and fortitude as his guides. Through his own ingenuity and observation, he is recovering knowledge of how to build handcrafted wagons from a bygone era. A much sought-after craftsman, Doug and his team have built wagons and stagecoaches for Hollywood (Yellowstone, 1883, Dances With Wolves, The Hateful Eight) and corporate America (Anheuser-Busch, Wells Fargo, Disney), and his team also restores old vehicles for museums and others.

History and Change on the Old Spanish Trail: Mountain Springs to Salt Creek tells the story of when Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, traders started developing mule-pack routes from Santa Fe to Los Angeles. Over the next 27 years, three main branches of what would come to be known as the Old Spanish Trail were developed, and by 1848, portions of one of these routes near Death Valley was developed into a wagon road by newly settled Mormon emigrants. By 1849, news of the California Gold Rush had spread around the world, and this route became one of many used by 49ers to get to California. But this was already a well-established route, utilized by various American Indian groups over many millennia. Download this enthralling 30-minute documentary to hear and see the history of this little-known route across the deserts and mountains of the American West while also learning about the impacts to the Paiute Indians and the ecological change that has taken place in a short amount of time on this well-preserved segment of historic trail.

Convention Auction and Raffle Items Needed!
The Wyoming Chapter is hosting this year's convention from August 28-September 2, and they need your help generating interesting items for the annual live auction and raffle. The chair of this year's auction and raffle is Fern Linton and she is requesting that you either give her a call at (307) 870-8066 or drop her an email at with a picture and description of your item(s). The items would need to be received in Casper by Sunday, August 28 so they can be properly placed and identified. Thank you in advance for your help!

David LeRoy Bauer
1943 - 2022

David LeRoy Bauer, age 79, passed away on July 22, 2022, at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah, from stroke-related complications. Dave was born June 10, 1943, in Oakland, California, to Charles LeRoy and Alice May Lloyd Bauer. He graduated from San Leandro High School in 1961, then spent two years at Brigham Young University before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Spanish-American Texas New Mexico mission. He returned to BYU, graduating with a BS in Sociology in 1968 and an MS in Sociology in 1974.

On December 21, 1968, he married Connie Kirkman in the Oakland Temple. The first years of their marriage coincided with Dave’s enlistment in the Army and completion of Officer’s Candidate School in Virginia. His fluency in Spanish from his mission led to his posting to the Canal Zone in Panama. After almost three years of active duty, two of them in Panama, he and Connie returned to Provo in 1971.

Dave worked as a social worker for the State of Utah for over 30 years. He also taught sociology classes as an adjunct professor at UVU for over 20 years. After years of teaching skiing at Sundance and Snowbird, he established the Utah Valley Ski Education Foundation in 1983. He felt strongly that ski racing be available to youth in Utah County. Dave loved skiing, riding his road bike, and mountain biking. A severe stroke in 2013 drastically changed his life, but with the help of Wasatch Adaptive Sports he was able to ski and ride again.

Dave was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings. He is survived by his wife, Connie; his four daughters, Adrienne “Andi,” Danielle Hardman (Chan), Nicole, and Alexis Mayo (Ben); his three grandchildren, Colben Mayo, Danika Mayo, and Tatum Hardman; and his brother, Jerry Lloyd (Mary) Bauer. Preceded in death by his mother and father.

A viewing will be held Friday, August 5, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 85 E 300 S, Provo. The funeral will be held Saturday, August 6, at 11:00 am at the Grandview 16th Ward chapel, 1260 W 1150 N, Provo, preceded by a short viewing from 9:30-10:30 am. The funeral will be broadcast on the Walker Sanderson website at Burial will be in the Springville City Cemetery following the funeral. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Wasatch Adaptive Sports or the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Please Continue to Report
Your Volunteer Hours!!!!

Please continue to turn in your volunteer hours, mileage, expenses paid by you and not reimbursed, time traveling to meetings (including the San Diego Symposium), research, etc. We are attempting to collect data on an ongoing basis throughout the year to present the most accurate picture of all of the incredible work done by our huge team of advocates.

To submit hours, visit our online volunteer hour reporting portal for a simple, fast way to share your hard work with our federal agency partners and budget planners in Congress. Your volunteer hours are matched with appropriations and the Volunteers in Parks program to the financial benefit of our trails. Please report all you have done! It's the most important thing we do!


Mormon Trails Across Nebraska Symposium

As you can see from the program linked here, the Mormon Trail Center in Omaha is set celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Mormon Trail across Nebraska. Dates are August 18 and 19 at the Mormon Trail Center This year's symposium will not be Zoomed but will be recorded. Attendance is free and all are invited to attend. Several people associated with OCTA will be presenting, including author Bill Hill, Chimney Rock Visitors Center Director (and past Nebraska Chapter President) Loren Pospisil, and Association Manager Travis Boley. National Park Service colleagues Aaron Mahr and Carole Wendler are also speaking at this symposium. Follow their Facebook page for announcements and updates.  


Save the Dates! 40th Anniversary for the 
2022 OCTA convention slated for Casper

The Oregon-California ingTrails Association and the Wyoming Chapter of OCTA will hold OCTA’s 40th annual convention, “Leaving the Platte,” in Casper, Wyo, August 28-September 2, 2022.

The convention will include two full days of talks and presentations, and two full days of bus tours to trail sites east and west of Casper on the Oregon/California/Mormon trails—and north of Casper on the Bozeman Trail.

We also plan a private-vehicle trek pre-conference from grave sites near Fort Laramie to Register Cliff and the Guernsey ruts and a tour of indigenous sites in the Red Desert, and a pair of post-conference, private-vehicle treks —over Rocky Ridge and one to numerous graves on private property east of Casper.

Speakers will include keynoter and historian Todd Guenther on the history and meaning of South Pass; Camille Bradford on the huge Oregon Trail centennial gathering at Independence Rock in 1930 organized by her stepfather, Howard Driggs; Clint Gilchrist of the Mountain Man Museum in Pinedale, Wyoming, on the fur trade and its connections to the historic trails; a panel on collaborations between the Bureau of Land Management and the LDS Church on management and interpretation of the trails along the Martin’s Cove-South Pass corridor; sessions on the turbulent history and current-day preservation of the Bozeman Trail, which ran north from the North Platte to the gold fields of Montana—and much more.

Activities will include demonstrations by famed South Dakota wheelwright and wagon maker Doug Hansen and a mochila exchange by Pony Express riders.

Other events will include a banquet, a barbecue, an auction, raffle, book room and an authors’ night. Conference headquarters will be the Ramkota Inn in Casper. Ask for the special room rate of $89/night. All information can be found on the
convention registration website

Wyoming has some of the longest and best-preserved trails, swales and pioneer grave sites in the nation. See you in 2022!

Click for much more information on Wyoming’s trails. We will visit many of these sites during the convention.
Gateway Chapter Tour - September 17, 2022


The 2022 Event Schedule for the
Puyallup Historical Society at the Meeker Mansion 


​October 8th     MEEKER CIDER SQUEEZE & OREGON TRAIL: 10am to 3pm


​November 26th    CHRISTMAS AT THE MEEKER MANSION:  Noon to 4pm through end of year

Registration Open for the 2022 National Trails Workshop

November 2-4, 2022 | Albuquerque, NM

The 2022 National Trails Workshop will be three days of learning, collaboration, and networking amongst seasoned trails and tourism professionals, emerging leaders and people who are interested in getting involved with trails in their communities and across the nation. With a particular emphasis on learning from and with Indigenous communities, the workshop will provide opportunities to grow your trails skillset, collaboratively confront issues facing trails, and co-create solutions for specific and system-wide problems.

As we convene for the National Trails Workshop in-person for the first time in three years, we will offer a variety of formal sessions that will produce actionable results and free-form or impromptu exchange and co-creation. Participants will leave sessions with drafts or completed versions of tools, documents, or strategies to apply what they learned to their trails.

Register now to secure your spot at the workshop and you will receive a discounted Early Bird rate. Organizations, agencies, and businesses who purchase 10 or more registrations will receive a special bulk rate.

OCTA Announces Gering, Nebraska as
Host of Its 2023 Convention

Independence, Missouri – The Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) announces that its Board of Directors has unanimously selected Gering, Nebraska as the site for its 41st Annual Convention. The convention is slated to get underway on Tuesday, July 25 and conclude on Saturday, July 29. Next year’s theme is “We Do Old in a New Way” in a nod to the new facilities at Scotts Bluff National Monument, the Chimney Rock Museum, and the Legacy of the Plains Museum. If you think you’ve already seen what western Nebraska has to offer, you’re in for a great surprise, with numerous new exhibits in brand new facilities that help to better tell the story of the 19th century trails of the American West.
The Gering Convention Center will be convention headquarters, with many other activities slated to occur at local landmarks, historic sites, and other facilities. OCTA is partnering with the Gering Visitors Bureau, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Legacy of the Plains Museum, and the Chimney Rock Museum to stage this week-long event. Other partners are still being sought as well.
The convention will feature an array of activities, including day-long guided tours to historic trail sites in both Nebraska and Wyoming; two days of speakers featuring a diverse array of topics that will include not only the Oregon and California National Historic Trails, but also the Pony Express and Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trails, the histories of regional American Indian nations; workshops that may focus on things like the importance of quilts in telling the story of the trails, historic 19th century gun collections, and utilizing trail diaries to conduct genealogical research; evening events that will include a presentation about the trail art of William Henry Jackson at Scotts Bluff National Monument, an awards banquet, a silent and live auction, a closing event at the Legacy of the Plains Museum that will feature a chuckwagon grilled steak dinner, and even a potential concert at the Five Rocks Amphitheater.
Gering last hosted the convention in 2007. Scottsbluff hosted in 1985. Every year, the convention moves to a new site, with Casper, Wyoming hosting this year. Elko, Nevada hosted in 2021. The planning committee is in the early stages of charting out the events and speakers for the week, so stay tuned for future announcements about hotels, travel arrangements, meals, speakers, and tours, among other things. Registration materials will be ready in March 2023 and the general public is invited to all events. Be sure to mark your calendar for July 25-29, 2023, to help us “do old in a new way” in Gering, Nebraska!


Online Survey for Oregon
State-Wide Preservation Goals

This summer and fall Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is asking Oregonians how Oregon's heritage is special to them in a series of 90-minute virtual public meetings and an online survey to direct state-wide preservation goals for the 2024-2029 Oregon Preservation Plan. The SHPO is an office of Oregon Heritage.
The SHPO completes a state-wide preservation plan every five years that describes how the SHPO, government agencies, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and the public will work together to identify, designate, protect, and treat our state's important historic places. The Plan is required by the National Park Service in Washington DC. The agency partially funds the SHPO through a biannual grant under the provisions of the 1966 Historic Preservation Act. See the current 2017-2023 Oregon Historic Preservation Plan.
Meetings will focus on a specific region or topic, but all are welcome to attend one or more of the meetings. Participants will identify what issues matter most, how to best preserve our history, and what government agencies, cultural institutions, and each Oregonian can do to protect and share our history. Topic-based meetings will discuss how the heritage community can better address diversity, equity,
and inclusion in cultural resource programs, disaster preparedness and response, and planning for cultural resources in development and infrastructure projects. The meetings will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00, June through September by Zoom video and teleconference. The information from the meetings will be used to create the 2024-2029 Oregon Historic Preservation Plan that will be published in early 2024. Meeting dates are:
August 17th, I-84 Corridor and Northeast Oregon - Register here. August 31st, Northwest and Central Oregon Coast - Register here.
September 7th, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in the Oregon Preservation Plan - Register here.
September 14th, Disaster Preparation and Response for Cultural Resources - Register here. September 21st, Community Planning for Cultural Resources - Register here.
They're also inviting every Oregonian to participate in our online survey. The survey asks about your interests, what issues matter most, and what we can all do to preserve our history. Go to this page Watch the project webpage here.
Facebook page.
You can also watch this awesome video to let all of you know what the plan is all about and how to participate.  
Books & Publications

Kansas City Area Historic Trails
Association August Newsletter

Read the August edition of Trail Marker here


Go West, Young Man: A Father
and Son Rediscover America
on the Oregon Trail

At the sound of the bell on the last day of kindergarten, B.J. Hollars and his six-year-old son, Henry, hop in the car to strike out on a 2,500-mile road trip retracing the Oregon Trail. Their mission: to rediscover America, and Americans, along the way. Throughout their two-week adventure, they endure the usual setbacks (car trouble, inclement weather, and father-son fatigue), but their most compelling drama involves people, privilege, and their attempt to find common ground in an all-too-fractured country.

Writing in the footsteps of John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, Hollars picks up the trail with his son more than half a century later. Together they sidle up to a stool at every truck stop, camp by every creek, and roam the West. They encounter not only the beauty and heartbreak of America, but also the beauty and heartbreak of a father and son eager to make the most of their time together. From Chimney Rock to Independence Rock to the rocky coast of Oregon, they learn and relearn the devastating truth of America’s exploitative past, as well as their role within it.

Go West, Young Man recounts the author’s effort to teach his son the difficult realities of our nation’s founding while also reaffirming his faith in America today. It also features extensive interviews with OCTA Past President Duane Iles, the Historic Inscriptions on Emigrant Trails and Graves and Sites on the Oregon and California Trails author Randy Brown, and OCTA Association Manager Travis Boley, among others

You can
order your own copy of the book on OCTA's website for only $19.95. It would make an excellent Christmas gift!


Order Fresh Coffee and Help
OCTA's Bottom Line

OCTA member Richard Gibson reached out to us with a review of the coffee. He wrote:

"I wanted to say to the group and to the KC ROASTERS that I am thoroughly enjoying my OREGON TRAIL ROAST BLEND COFFEE. It is mellow but full of flavor and is easy to warm back up or drink when cold! Great Idea for whomever came up with this promotion for OCTA! THANKS. I still have another package unopened!"

OCTA Board Member Jean Coupal-Smith added:
"This is a wonderful brew! I love the rich, bold flavor, even though its medium roast and I usually drink dark roast. I rate it up there at the top with my favorite Starbucks blend of Cafe Verona. It is very smooth."

We concur whole-heartedly with Richard and Jean, though this E-News editor is of the opinion that the Butterfield Bean Medium Roast is slightly better than the wonderful Oregon Trail Medium Roast Blend. We remain excited that KC Coffee Roasters created two specialty coffees with 10% of every purchase being donated to the Oregon-California Trails Association. They are currently featuring Oregon Trail and Butterfield Bean blends. Visit their website at to order now.

And an extra special thank you to Idaho Chapter President Jerry Eichhorst, whose keen eye discovered this ad from a 1929 issue of the Idaho Statesman!
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