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NATIONAL TRAILS DAY RENDEZVOUS EVENT
More to be added about the Event shortly.
SALEM PARK DEDICATION DECEMBER 2, 2016
On December 2, the Salem Park dedication took place at its location at Blue Mills Road and Highway 24 in eastern Independence on the Santa Fe Trail. It was a sunny but chilly morning, with over 30 people attending.
Larry Short, President of the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter and Vice President of SFTA who had managed the project during its entire design and construction phases over the last three years greeted everyone and began the ceremony. Also in attendance was Kristin Van Fleet and Steve Burns from the National Park Service in Santa Fe. Kristin and Lynne Mager were our principal NPS working partners. The principal partners on the project were the National Park Service, Jackson County Parks and Recreation., SFTA and their local MRO Chapter.
The three panels tell the story of the Santa Fe Trail with texts, maps and pictures to the east all the way to Old Franklin, MO, the local area, and west to the Kansas border. As usual, Craig Crease led the development of the text material on the exhibit panels, especially on the Blue Mills, the Blue Mills Landing and Fristoe’s Fishtrap.
The Oregon-California Trail began to the east at the Upper Independence (Wayne City) Landing, which is also a key Santa Fe Trail site.
A Joint Meeting involving KCAHTA, MRO and Trails Head Chapters was held on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. – 5912 E. Bannister Road, KCMO at Schumacher Station; Lou Austin’s office.
The Powder Mill Bridge is the longest Interstate Highway overcrossing bridge in the nation on a National Historic Trail site. Lou, spoke briefly to the groups about how this spectacular project came to be possible. He was responsible for securing the funding and the approvals that enabled the bridge to be constructed.
After a brief meeting and listening to Lou give his talk about the Powder Mill Bridge, all who attended were then invited to go for a walk down to the bridge. Even though it was a rainy, cool March morning several took on the half mile walk. It is an amazing structure that spans the I-435 interstate highway below.
The bridge will be officially dedicated during the National Historic Trails Workshop on the morning of June 9 at 10:00 by local and national public officials and recognized as a Centennial Event as part of the 2016 100th Anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service.