KANZA Chapter of OCTA

~ Oregon-California Trail Association~

Regular Meeting Agenda

Sunday May 3, 2009

Marysville to Westmoreland, Ks


Officers & Board of Directors – attendance courtesy would be to let another ‘attending’ officer or board member know if you are attending or not attending the meetings.


Officers in attendance:                      Board of Director Member in attendance:     

_X_President – Pat Keegan                     _X_Don Cooper – Past President – Board of Director Member

_X_Vice- President – Glenn Larson          _X_Ted Hopkins - Board of Director Member

_X_Secretary – Alicia Keegan                 _X_Lauranell Stewart - Board of Director Member

___Treasurer – Marilyn Hines                       


The May KANZA meeting was moved up a week, so it would not interfere with Mother’s Day weekend plans.


With so few attending the April meeting/ outing, we did not anticipate the very nice crowd we had for the driving tour, and we apologize for not having it ‘together’, but it still turned out great.


Fourteen persons (4 being non-KANZA members) shared an afternoon of great weather on a backward driving tour from Marysville to Westmoreland, with lots of site stops in between.


With so much interest in certain stops we didn’t stop at each carsonite post along the trail. We aimed for the ‘notable’ sites and well visible swales along the trail.


We met at the Historic Trails Park west of Marysville at 2pm with a quick detour to the city park restrooms before leaving for Alcove Spring.


At Alcove Spring the group walked to the west swales & viewed the interpretive markers, along with the Sarah Keys memorial stone. We were in luck and brochures and a spring newsletter were available to all present. Several decided we needed to visit the falls and took off on a 30 minute hike.


Once rounded up we head to the Atterbery grave site, were Ted Hopkins gave a brief history of Atterbery and why the KANZA Chapter marked the grave site.


We continued south to Bigelow (the extinct town site) and Laurenell talked briefly on the town, having grown up in the area.


We stopped at the Vermillion Lower Crossing marker which the DAR had erected in years past.


We viewed Rosemary’s Meadow in Pottawatomie County. There were lots of spring wild flowers blooming and many photograph were taken.


We logged 65 miles on this trip. We broke up at Scott Springs Park, outside of Westmoreland Ks at 6:30pm.


We were so lucky everyone wanted to get out and away from home. Thank you for showing and we plan to be better prepared the next time.





Submitted by

Alicia M Keegan, KANZA Secretary