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August 18, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Manhattan Public Library
629 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
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The Smoky Hill Trail

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Dr. Leo Oliva will speak on “The Smoky Hill Trail” Sunday August 18 at 2:00 pm at the Manhattan Public Library. This Kansas Corral of the Westerners program is free.
The Smoky Hill Trail ran between Atchison, Kansas and Denver, Colorado from 1855 to 1870, including a stretch through Riley County, Kansas. It was the most direct route to Colorado during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and was an important road west until the coming of the railroad.
Dr. Leo Oliva is the author of several books (including Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail and six of the eight books in the Kansas Forts Network Series) and well as many articles about the frontier West and Kansas. Oliva was a founding member of the Kansas Corral of the Westerners, Santa Fe Trail Association, and the Fort Larned Old Guard.
The Kansas Corral of the Westerners is the local affiliate of Westerners International, an organization that celebrates the fun, scholarship, and heritage of the history of the American West.