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National Park Service seeks input on marking historic trail from St. Louis to California

The 3,500-mile trail Butterfield Overland Trail operated in the 1850s and went through Springfield.

April 06, 2012|edited news release

The Butterfield Overland Trail comprises approximately 3,500 miles of stage, rail, and ferry routes in Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.  If the route is designated, the Secretary of the Interior would work in cooperation with Indian tribes and other federal, state, and local agencies, private organizations, landowners, and others to tell the trail story and provide opportunities for people to visit important sites along the route.

Land ownership and private property rights would not be affected by designation of the route. Participation of land owners and managers in trail-related projects would be voluntary.

Public meetings will be held at the following locations in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas:

April 10 – Springfield, Missouri
Historic City Hall
Council Chambers Room
830 North Boonville Avenue
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

April 11 – Fayetteville, Arkansas
City Administration Building, Room #326
113 West Mountain Street
10:00 a.m. - noon

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April 11 – Fort Smith, Arkansas
Riverfront Park Events Building
West Room
121 Riverfront Drive
5:30-7:30 p.m.

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