California-Nevada Chapter
Oregon-California Trails Association

The California-Nevada Chapter is one of eleven chapters of the Oregon-California Trails Association, 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.

The latest issue of Trail Talk can now be found in the
members only pages.

New - Spring 2014 Issue

Contact for the members only password.

CA-NV Chapter of OCTA
Meeting and Symposium

April 25, 26, and 27, 2014
Held at the Carson Valley Inn, Minden, NV


Discover new information about

Fremont's Cannon
Locating Fremont's Lookout
The Jayhawker's Experience
A Native American Perspective on the Emigrants
Locating and Mapping the Grizzly Flat Road

Registration Form

Please Note a Change in the Room Rates for the Carson Valley Inn
The weekend rate is $77.97
We apologize for any inconvienence.

Carson Valley Links

Carson Valley Visitors Bureau

Carson Valley Inn

Carson Valley Inn on Facebook

Nevada State Museum, Carson City

Carson Valley Museum

2015 OCTA National Convention Planning
Meeting April 24

Carson Valley Inn, 10:00 am

Mapping Emigrant Trails Workshop
May 24 - 25
Silver State Charter School
Carson City, NV

Chapter Life Membership Discussion
See the Members Only Page for more information.



By Norine Kimmy

Do you know someone deserving recognition? The CA-NV
Chapter of OCTA is accepting nominations for awards. It is an
opportunity to honor five or six chapter members and thank them for
their contribution.

Our chapter presents awards in recognition of trail preservation
and/or service to our CA-NV Chapter. The two categories are: a
Certificate of Appreciation, which is given to acknowledge specific
contributions, and the Lifetime Achievement Award honoring
long-term service to our chapter. A business entity or an individual, who is not a member of OCTA, is entitled to be the recipient of a
Certificate of Appreciation.

All it takes to nominate a worthy individual is a letter
containing information on the nominee's service that merits award
consideration. Please let us know what they have done so we can
acknowledge it during the presentation. This year's Award
Committee members are Norine Kimmy, Kathy Buob, and Priscilla
Van der Pas.

Nominations must be received by March 15, 2014. Letters of
Nomination should be sent to Awards Committee chairperson
Norine Kimmy, 1437 Piedmont Rd., San Jose, CA 95132, or email

Awards and Certificates of Appreciation will be presented  April 26, during the Chapter Symposium banquet.

Tentative Dates for 2014

Beckwourth Emigrant Trail (BET)
Mapping Team Field Outings
Quincy, CA    
March 4-5
April 15-16
May 6-7
June 10-11
July 8-9
Aug. 19-20
September 2-3
October 7-8
2015 Convention Planning Meeting
Carson Valley Inn, Minden, NV
April 24
Board Meeting, Annual Meeting and Symposium. 
At the Carson Valley Inn,  Minden, NV
April 25-27
Mapping Emigrant Trails Workshop
Silver State Charter School
Carson City, NV
May 24-25
Carson Trail
Mapping Team Field Outings
Placerville, CA
May 26-27
June 18-19
July 24-25
Sept. 11-12
Oct. 17-18
Johnson's Cutoff
Mapping Team Field Outings
Placerville, CA
April 2-3
May 13-14
June 3-4
July 1-2
Sept. 9-10
Oct. 15-16
Grizzly Flat Cutoff
Mapping Team Field Outings
Placerville, CA
June 16-17
July 22-23
Sept. 16-17
Georgetown Packtrail/Road
Mapping Team Field Outings
Placerville, CA
June 24-25
July 15-16
Sept.30-Oct. 1
Carson Clean Up July 28-29
OCTA National Convention
Kearney, Nebraska
Aug. 5-9
Volcano Cutoff
Off Highway 88, Amador County
Aug. 28 -29
Sept. 22 - 23
E-Mail for more information about activities


Watch John Winner, Chapter President, describe the Chapter Activities of 2012

California-Nevada Chapter - Activities of 2012

a video by Dee Owens

Watch Frank Tortorich tell the story of Melissa Coray

One Woman - Melissa Coray and the Mormon Battalion

a film by Mark Russell

Watch Larry Schmidt talk about Mark Twain

Mark Twain on the Johnson's Cutoff

a film by Dee Owens

The Mountain Democrat - Placerville, California
August 2, 2012

Oregon California Trails Association Maps the Past


Check out the link below to follow Dee and Glen Owens' road trip on the Oregon-California Trail





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