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Upcoming 2024 Events

June 26: Drive over Granite Pass

James Dayley will lead a tour over Granite Pass on the California Trail. This is a route we have attempted previously but were not able to follow the California Trail down the west side from the summit. This year we should be able to do so. We will drive south to Oakley then follow Birch Creek Road to Moulton. We will then turn west and go over the Goose Creek Mountains and down the west side, before returning to Burley. We may use cadaver dogs to verify a suspected grave near the summit.

Meet at the Chevron by the Burley Inn just off the interstate.

We have arranged a discounted rate at the Fairfield Inn in Burley for Wednesday night. Use code “IOCTA” when making your reservareservation. If you have problems with the code, call the hotel and ask for the manager, Dave Nebecker. Details are available here.

June 27: Cadaver dog search for lost grave

Jerry Eichhorst will lead a tour on the California Trail byway to Goose Creek. We will pick up the ranch owner in Oakley at 8:30 am and head south following Goose Creek to the junction with Little Goose Creek. The rancher’s father found a grave at this location many years ago which has since been lost. We will attempt to find the grave using cadaver dogs. We will then drive down Goose Creek to Record Bluff, an interesting site where California Trail emigrants carved their names into an ashen bluff. We will then return north to Oakley to drop off the rancher. Hotels are not available in Burley for Thursday night due to the annual boat races which begin Friday.

Meet at the Chevron by the Burley Inn just off the interstate. Details are available here.

June 28: Cadaver dog grave verification

Jerry Eichhorst will lead a tour to several emigrant graves north of Mountain Home. A suspected new grave was discovered on the byway tour earlier this year. The cadaver dogs will work the area. We will then stop at the Canyon Creek stage station before heading home.

Meet at the Pilot Truck Stop on the northwest corner at Exit 95 of I-84. Parking is available on the south side of the complex. Details are available here.

July 21-27: 2024 National Convention

Pendleton, OR
More information coming soon.

Recent 2024 Events

June 1: Model A Car Club Oregon Trail Tour
Jerry Eichhorst will lead a tour of a Model A car club on the Oregon Trail from Bonneville Point to Canyon Creek. Details are available here.

May 16-17: Annual City of Rocks activities
Click here for more information.

May 18: Spring chapter meeting
Burley, ID

April 27: Annual byway tour
Click here for the flyer.

March 13-17: Fall chapter meeting
2024 National Symposium in El Paso, TX.

February-March: Community education classes
Boise, ID. More information is available at

Recent 2023 Events

October 14: Fall chapter meeting
The fall chapter meeting will be held at 11:15 am at the Idaho Pizza Company restaurant at Overland and Orchard in Boise. The guest speaker will be John Hiler, Mountain Home area historian.

September 30: Lander Road outing
We will follow the Lander Road on Forest Service and other roads from the Wyoming border to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. This is a trek that the chapter might not have done before. It will likely require spending Friday night in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Soda Springs, or Star Valley, Wyoming, in order to start early in the morning (about 9:00 am). The details and meeting location have not been finalized at this time.

September 25: BSU OSHER Class
Jerry Eichhorst will be teaching a class on the Oregon Trail in Idaho for the BSU OSHER program. If you are a member of OSHER you may have seen this course in their catalog. Contact BSU OSHER for more information. These classes usually sell out within a few days.

August 27: Byway Video outing
The OCTA video master, Richard Hunt, and Jerry Eichhorst will be filming a video of the Main Oregon Trail Back Country Byway. Other members are welcome to follow along if you want to see the entire byway or observe the video creation process.

August 26: Ground penetrating radar outing
A month ago, two cadaver dogs showed strong positive indications of human burials on a small knoll beside the location of a suspected massacre of a wagon train. GPR will be used to scan the top of the knoll to determine if something is indeed buried there.

2023 Convention: Gehring, NE

May 18-20: City of Rocks activities and spring chapter meeting
The annual spring outings with City of Rocks are tentatively scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19, with the spring chapter meeting on Saturday, May 20. Additional details will be available soon. We will be trying to get a reduced rate at the Fairfield Inn in Burley.

April 15: Annual spring byway tour with potluck lunch at Springbriar Winery
We will meet at 8:45am between the McDonalds and the Albertsons at Federal Way and Gowen Road. Then we'll caravan from east of Mountain Home to Boise along the Oregon Trail. Lunch at Sweetbrair Winery - $5 per person for burgers and brats. For the potluck, bring a side dish and/or dessert to share. Also bring your own water and drinks, a camera, warm clothing, etc.

March 1, 8, 15: Boise Community Education courses on the Oregon Trail in Idaho
More information is available here.

Cadaver Video

Check out the video from last May when we had a cadaver dog outing to verify some suspected emigrant graves near Durkee, Oregon.

View the video

Recent Meeting Minutes