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About OCTA

The mission of the Colorado/Cherokee Trails Chapter of OCTA is to protect these Historic Emigrant Trails legacy by promoting research, education, preservation activities and public awareness of the trails, and to work with others to promote these causes. The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter, not to be confused with the Cherokee Trail of Tears, works on marking and mapping the Colorado's network of trails and works with private landowners as well as government agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, on preservation issues. It's a great way to get “on the ground” in OCTA because we sponsor trail outings our their area and have frequent meetings to discuss trail history and preservation.

Most of these events are open to members and non-members alike.

Membership in our chapter is voluntary, although in order to be a member of our local chapter you must be a member of national OCTA. Many members join the Colorado/Cherokee Trail Chapter to get the best available information about issues and projects in our area. We welcome members from all over. We publish own quarterly newsletter.

Chapter Meeting

Castle Rock – Saturday - August 29, 2015
Contributor: Rich Deisch

• Chapter meeting: 9:15 am – 10:45 am. at the Douglas County History Research Center, Philip S. Miller Library, 100 South Wilcox Street, Castle Rock.

• Power Point Presentation: 9:15 am -10:45 am - Mapping and Research Methods by Rich Deisch and Bruce Watson

• Lunch: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eat at Subways - within walking distance from Library or Bring own Lunch)

• Car Pool Tour of Cherokee Trail: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Douglas County by Lee Whiteley - Tour from Blackfoot Cave to 20 Mile House

An overview of our chapter's mapping techniques will be presented at the upcoming August 29th chapter meeting in the Castle Rock Library. We will explain how we obtain and use source documents to precisely locate segments of the Cherokee Trail, and convert them to GPS coordinates. Using these coordinates, we visit the locations in the field for further analysis, and GPS tracking of Cherokee Trail segments. Upon completion, these mapping efforts are forwarded to OCTA's national offices, and the National Park Service for inclusion in the National Trail System.

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The Cherokee Trail with our members Jack and Patricia Fletcher and visit their new website


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