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HISTORY OF THE SMOKY HILL TRAIL
The Colorado gold rush of 1859 resulted in the
establishment of the Smoky Hill Trail. It was
the shortest route to the Colorado "gold" from
the Missouri River. Longer routes included the
Oregon Trail which cut through the very
northeastern tip of Colorado and the Santa Fe
Trail which cut through the very southeastern
tip of Colorado. The Smoky Hill Trail headed
directly for the Denver area. Eventually, there
were three main branches of this trail.
For several years, the Smoky Hill Trail was a
route for gold-seekers, wagon trains carrying
freight and immigrants seeking a new life, stage
coach lines, and, for a limited time, the pony
express mail service.
Mile houses were located along the
Cherokee/Smoky Hill Trail leading to Denver.
Three of these "Mile Houses" remain. The 20
Mile Historic Park in Parker, the 17 Mile House
North of Parker and the 4 Mile House in Denver.
In July 2001, the 17 Mile House along with 32
surrounding acres in Parker joined the 20 Mile
and 4 Mile as historic landmarks to be preserved
List of Chapter
Chapter Meetings & Programs 2013-2014
Please contact us if you would
like to attend.
September 28th, 2013 - 1:00 pm
Historic Preservation of the Tallman/Newlin House
speaker: Historian, Larry Smith, Parker Area Historical Society
October 19, 2013 - 1:00 pm
Answering the Call to Serve
speaker: Sandy Lazaroff
November 16th, 2013 - 1:00 pm
speaker: Mary Haddon
December 7th, 2013 - Noon
Program: to be announced
Annual Chapter Pot Luck Luncheon
January 18th, 2014 - 1:00 pm
speaker: Joyce Chiles Hinds
February 15th, 2014 - 1:00 pm
Naturalization: What Citizenship Means to Me
speaker: Derek Isaacs
March 15th, 2014 - 1:00 pm
Elizabeth Tallman, Parker Pioneer
speaker: Virginia Kracaw
April 5th, 2014
- No Regular Meeting -
Chapter's 35th Anniversary Celebration
May 2nd-4th, 2014
Colorado State Conference
Doubletree by Hilton
Northfield Stapleton - Denver
May 17th, 2014, 1:00 pm
speaker: Sandy Sweeney
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Date last updated: September 22, 2013