Jon Horn of Alpine Archaeology will present new information on the Old Spanish Trail at two lectures in February.
In 2010 and 2011, Alpine conducted research on, and searched for evidence of, the Old Spanish Trail in Colorado and Utah as part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Trails Project. As a result of this project, they documented 69 miles of the route in Colorado and 204 miles in Utah. This lecture will focus on the evidence Alpine found in western Colorado and eastern Utah. It will provide information about the focus of their fieldwork efforts, what they identified on the ground, how later travel has altered the original trail or left portions intact, and discoveries they have made since the project was concluded.
The lectures will be held at the Museum of the West in Grand Junction on Feb. 20 and at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta on Feb. 26. Both lectures are free and open to the public from 7-8:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) in partnership with the Museum of Western Colorado and the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archeological Society.
Rosa Brey of CCA says, “The Old Spanish Trail runs through two NCAs in western Colorado. We are excited to work with our community partners to bring this updated information on our great local resource to the public as part of our annual lecture series.”
Jon Horn is a historian and archaeologist with over 30 years of experience working in all of the western states except Nevada. He is one of the founders of Alpine Archaeological Consultants in Montrose. He says, “I have had a long-term interest in the history and archaeology of Colorado and Utah and have been fortunate to be able to have worked on a large number of overland trails in addition to the Old Spanish Trail.”
Bill Harris of CAS says, “The unique historic resources we have in western Colorado are wonderful, and the professional archaeological expertise Jon Horn and Alpine Archaeological Consultants provides is a wonderful opportunity to share with the public.”blog comments powered by Disqus