DISCOVER THE TRAILS
Since 1986, the Gateway Chapter of OCTA has actively preserved and marked the St. Joe Road with Carsonite trail posts as well as several interpretive signs in St. Joseph and Northeast Kansas. Gateway Chapter protects and promotes the St. Joe Road in the City and the Northeast Kansas counties of Doniphan, Brown and Nemaha including branches from river crossings at Amazonia and Iowa Point. At least two field trips a year, open to the public, are held to view sites along the overland trails in our area.
Saint Joe was a major jumping-off point for California and Oregon emigrants from 1844 into the ’60s. The Saint Joe Road ran near the Sac and Fox Presbyterian Mission on the way to cross the Big Blue River and meet the Independence Road.
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. Learn more about the fascinating history of St. Joseph and surrounding areas and the work that we continue to accomplish in preservation and education. We welcome new members and donations to help us continue preserving and promoting trail and landmark history.