KANZA CHAPTER OCTA MINUTES JAN 9, 2011
KANZA Chapter Oregon California Trails Association meeting
was called to order by Vice President Ted Hopkins at the Manhattan, KS
Public Library 2:00 PM Jan 9, 2011.
There were 24 present and represented 539 miles and over 50 hours
donated to OCTA.
We did not conduct a business meeting, as such, with no
previous meeting minutes or treasurers report available and no new business or
old business discussed.
Doug Tippen and Don Combs of Manhattan,
presented a program on the historic Military Roads from Fort Leavenworth
to Fort Riley. They displayed several maps and showed many
pictures and photos of various locations and designated landmarks in
Pottawatomie and Riley counties. In one stretch of the trail in Pottawatomie
Co. both the Oregon Trail and the Military Road used the same trail. This included the
Louis Vieux crossing of the Red
Vermillion River. They explained how Bayer Limestone Company of
St Marys and various individuals and their families had combined resources to
set several large limestone markers with bronze plaques to commemorate
particular known points or incidents on the Military
Road. The information
on the trail markers was provided by Morris Warner of TN. When Don Combs retired from his insurance
business, he became interested in the military road near his home, and began
researching it using information from Morris Warner. He cleared the brush from the trail in Warner
Park and the first marker was set there in 1999. Doug Tippin, a retired teacher in the
Manhattan School System and Kansas
started to assist Don on this project in 2008.
Together they have researched and marked large sections of the Military
Roads and plan to continue this project to include the trail from Ft. Riley
to Ft. Kearney.
Refreshments of cookies and coffee and conversation
concluded the meeting.
Charles Weickert, Secretary