The Oregon- California Trails Association is an organization dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and enjoyment of all transmigration trails to the west, the trails that made the United States an ocean-to-ocean nation.
Updated Membership Roster Is Now on the Members Only Page
New Spring 2019 Trail Talk Now on the Members Only Page
2019 Spring Symposium
California Nevada OCTA Chapter Symposium
Save the Date!
April 26, 27, 28, 2019
The 2019 chapter symposium is in the early planning stages. The location will be historic San Juan Bautista, California, and the theme will be “After the Tragedy.” We will talk about the survivors of the Donner Party: who survived, what happened to them, where they went, how their family prospered or did not. We chose San Juan Bautista because the Breen family went there immediately after their rescue. Although San Juan Bautista is a very small community (population 1700) they are rich in history. We will visit the mission, the Castro-Breen adobe, the cemetery, Fremont Peak and the De Anza Trail. If none of that interests you, this little community has a downtown area worth the trip by itself, with old adobes and numerous wine and gift venues along with several antiques shops. Mark your calendars and make your plans! Specifics and reminders will follow through email and Trail Talk.
Trail Outings in the Planning Stage for 2019
If you are interested in any of the following outings email the chapter and updates will be forwarded to you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnson’s Cutoff in the Tahoe Basin
Luther Pass Road
Big Tree Road
Carson Trail – Eldorado NF
Pony Express Trail – Eldorado NF
California Trail – Winnemucca Area
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Annual Fernley Swales Cleanup – September 22, 2018
The annual cleanup event in Fernley was part of the celebration of National Public
Fifth Annual Heritage Day – John Marsh House
Marsh Creek State Park, Brentwood, California
October 20, 2018
Marsh Creek State Park is California’s newest–and largest–state park. The Marsh home is the focal point of the historic aspect of this multi-featured property. It is situated on the northeast foot of Mt Diablo along Marsh Creek in a rapidly developing area of the East Bay, Contra Costa County
The address is 21789 Marsh Creek Road, Brentwood, CA 94513. It is about a 25-mile drive from Stockton (I-5) via Hwy 4, across the San Joaquin River delta islands It is also reachable from I-580 in Tracy via Byron Road (County Rd J4). From further north and west, Hwy 4 east from I-80 and I-680 in Contra Costa County. (For the avid sightseers, Hwy 160 from Sacramento along the Sacramento River, connects to Hwy 4 just west of Brentwood.
Roller Pass Hike – Truckee River Route
The hike to Roller Pass on July 15th was a great success. It was over six miles, up and down, round trip but it was worth it!
Seeing yet another amazing feat accomplished by the emigrants was incredible.
Our thanks to CA-NV member David Fullerton for his well planned leadership and informative narrative during the hike.
For more information about upcoming activities email the Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org
CA-NV Chapter OCTA
Meeting and Symposium
April 27, 28 and 29th, 2018
Fernley and Fallon, Nevada
Saturday included three speakers. Bill Adams shared his experiences leading wagon trips across the 40 Mile Desert. Ron Bell spoke about the Pony Express Association in Nevada and Ken Johnston presented a new theory about Peter Lassen, J. Goldsborough Bruff and the discovery of the Nobles Trail.
Sunday morning those attending had a choice of touring the Naval Air Station at Fallon Top-Gun School or a tour of sites on the 40 Mile Desert.
The afternoon was spent at Grimes Point Archaeology Site and a tour of Hidden Cave.
Richard (Dick) Carroll Young, 85, of Yuba City, passed away August 6, 2017. He was born in Sacramento to Anne and Jacob Young and graduated from CK McClatchy High School. He married Joan Bosworth in 1954, graduated from UNR in Civl Engineering to begin his 38 year career at Division of Highways/CalTrans.
During his life, Dick presided as Mayor of Yuba City and President of Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and El Dorado County STAR at So. Lake Tahoe.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Young; children, Sharon Wonder, Peter Young, Christina Estabrook; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and two cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to: Barton Memorial Hospital Foundation, 2170 South Avenue, SLT, CA 96150 or South Lake Tahoe Historical Society, 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd., SLT, CA 96150 or Oregon California (emigrant) Trails Association, 524 S. Osage Street, Independence, MO 64050.
A Celebration Life will be held at St. Andrew Church, Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1-4 pm.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 19 to Sept. 18, 2017
Reno Gazette-Journal August 8, 2017