Program: The Overland Trail & Virginia Dale by Wayne Sundberg

Our program meeting will be on Thursday, December 2nd at 6:30 pm on Zoom. Members will receive the Zoom info in a separate society email. Visitors will need to register below to receive the Zoom info.

Program Description

Our annual holiday meeting includes a program and holiday traditions by our members. Our president will ask our members to share the holiday stories during the meeting.

Historian Wayne Sundberg tells about the famous Overland Trail. In 1856, after Lt. Francis T. Bryan announced that he had discovered a “good Indian trail along the south side of the South Platte,” the US Army began using the route. In 1858 the army undertook many improvements, making it more attractive as a stagecoach route and path to the Rocky Mountains for gold seekers, and the Overland Trail in Colorado was established. Two stagecoach companies had operated along the Overland Trail prior to 1862, but quickly went bankrupt. From 1860 to 1861, the route was also used by the Pony Express. Virginia Dale was one of the stagecoach and pony express stations.

Speaker Bio

Historian Wayne Sundberg

Author & historian Wayne Sundberg is one of the founders of the Fort Collins Historical Society and a past member of our society. Wayne has written several books on the history of Fort Collins.

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