A sign dedication ceremony is coming up in less than a week.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Rich Lawson, national board member of the Santa Fe Trail Association:

Rich Lawson

Press Release from the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter

The Missouri River Outfitters Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will dedicate the site of the origination of the Santa Fe Trail on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  The group will meet at 11:00 a.m. at the famous site just north of Boonville with the dedication of two new markers commemorating the site.  After welcoming attendees tot the historic event, Larry Short, President of the Missouri River Outfitters Chapter will introduce David Sapp, president of the Boone’s Lick Road Association, who will share information on the BLRA.  Roger Slusher, president of the Santa Fe Trail Association will share words from the National SFTA organization and past president Hal Jackson will share his inspiration to place these national markers at the SFT trail head.

At approximately 11:45 a.m. the group will enjoy lunch ($7.00) at the South Howard County Museum in New Franklin.  Ron Kamper will share more about the Boone’s Lick Road Association, followed by author and historian Mike Dickey who will detail more about the Santa Fe Trail in the Boone’s Lick region.

According to Dickey, groups had started coming from St. Charles, Missouri on what came to be known as the Boone’s Lick Trail in the early 1800’s.  The road, not well developed at that time, was yet a busy route to the new area of commerce.  According to Dickey, wagons were introduced soon thereafter to the area and thus began the change in transportation and development of more roads.  In 1821 William Becknell, considered the father of the Santa Fe Trail, arranged the first trip to New Mexico and began commercial trade between our nations.  Becknell’s group began their trek to Santa Fe at Old Franklin.  Saturday’s activity will commemorate that historic event.

The public is invited to attend.  To get to the Old Franklin site go north across the Boonville bridge and turn left on Highway 87 and go approximately 1/2 miles.  It is suggested that you bring folding chairs.  Following the dedication the group will go the South Howard County Museum in New Franklin for lunch and more historic lectures.  Make reservations by April 9th for lunch by emailing Rich Lawson at richlawson@charter.net