For the last 20 years, the Gateway Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) has been active in preserving and marking the St. Joe Road with carsonite trail posts as well as several interpretive signs in St. Joseph and Northeast Kansas. At least two field trips a year, which are open to the public, are held to view sites along the overland trails in our area.
The Gateway Chapter's area of responsibility, which stretches from St. Joseph, MO to Marysville, KS, is shown in the center of the map below with a bold black trail.
The first president was James Mehl, followed by Darlene Peniston, Larry Bunse, Francis Peniston, Suzette McCord-Rogers, John Atkinson and Bill Leppert. Several members of Gateway have served on the national board: Jackie Lewin (National President), Suzette McCord-Rogers, Jim Budde (National Treasurer), Ross Marshall (National president), and Marilyn Bryan (National Treasurer).
To view the chapter directory, click here.