Here are useful links related to western long
distance trails and to the history, culture, geography, etc., surrounding them.
We are constantly adding to the list. If you would like to suggest
additional links or you find one that is outdated or otherwise inappropriate, please
contact your Utah
Please note: Each of these links will
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- Oregon-California Trails Association
- This is your primary resource and starting point for information on trails or OCTA. This
extremely rich site is designed for both the casual and focused visitor. Go here often
because the OCTA webmasters have so much information to share that in some areas of the
site they provide a constantly changing smorgasbord of materials. If you are interested in
trail publications and products check out the OCTA
Trails System Program
- The National Park Service's National Trails Office is in Salt Lake City, Utah. The
staff includes OCTA and Utah Crossroads Chapter members. Phone (801)
741-1012. The mailing address is National Trails System - SLC Office, 324 S. State Street, Suite
200, Box 30, Salt Lake City,
- For those interested in building, biking and hiking a modern trail,
the Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a 90 mile pedestrian and hiking trail
being built along the eastern shoreline of Lake Bonneville which will
eventually stretch from Brigham City to Nephi. If you find yourself
getting some exercise along this route you might try infecting some of
its other visitors with a little of your enthusiasm for the old
emigrant roads as well.
- Heritage Gateway
- This site is the official Kindergarten - 12th Grade Mormon Trail sesquicentennial
celebration Web site sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, the BYU-Public
School Partnership and UtahLINK a service of the Utah Education Network. Far more than
succeeding as an educational site for public school students, "this is the
place" for anyone interested in the 150th anniversary Mormon Trail reenactment wagon
- Mormon Trails
- The association is an active organization sponsoring several events
per year, usually including lectures and field trips.
- Sons of the Utah Pioneers
- "The mission of the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers is to honor the
Pioneers, who entered the Utah Territory prior to May 10, 1869, by promoting
educational, historical, and social activities that will preserve their history and
artifacts and perpetuate their ideals."
- Old Spanish Trail
- Old Spanish Trail Association
- As of 4/12/2001 the link to OSTA, the Old Spanish Trail Association,
is not available. The link here has some information.
Pony Express Trail
- Pony Express Home Station
- This comprehensive Pony Express Express site belongs to Tom Crews of Walnut Creek, CA.
If you're looking for the Pony Express on the internet, this is the place to be.
Santa Fe Trail
- Santa Fe Trail Association
- Official website.
- The Interactive Santa Fe
Trail (SFT) Homepage
- Well-done site by Nancy Sween covers history and modern-day interest in this historic
trail through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, & New Mexico. Site is highly
interactive and has a wealth of reference information available.
- Santa Fe Trail
- From the home page: "'The Wet/Dry Routes' was a section of the
Santa Fe Road that ran from just northeast of Larned, Kansas, in the
area of Ash Creek Crossing and Pawnee Rock, Kansas to Fort Dodge, Kansas
and The Caches."
- "Along the Dry Route there were very few places that water could
be found, a few small creeks but nothing major."
- This useful website is heavy on information and light on graphics. There are detailed
auto tour pages and years of the chapter's quarterly newsletter, Traces.
Randolph B. Marcy's \The Prairie Traveler\
A HAND-BOOK FOR
WITH MAPS, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND ITINERARIES OF
THE PRINCIPAL ROUTES BETWEEN THE
MISSISSIPPI AND THE PACIFIC.
BY RANDOLPH B. MARCY,
CAPTAIN U. S. ARMY.
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF
THE WAR DEPARTMENT
- This internet-accessible 1859 book is a wonderful source of trails how-to information on
every aspect of organization, supplies and travel for the pioneer-era emigrant as well as
for the military on the overland trails. From the Kansas Collection website created by Lynn
Nelson, Professor of History at the University of Kansas. "The Kansas Collection.
Letting the voices of the past be heard . . . "
- Utah Collections
- "The Utah Collections Multimedia Encyclopedia
is a continuing series of CD-ROM volumes as well as an
ever-expanding world wide web site whose contributors include
many institutions, organizations and agencies throughout Utah.
Utah Collections serves as a storehouse of multimedia items which educators,
professors and students can freely use in lesson plans, reports and projects
without fear of copyright infringement."
- Utah History Home Page
- This is the website for the Utah Historical Society.