Photo: Jimmy Emerson, Old Spanish Trail Marker
Las Vegas – The Clark County Wetlands Park hosts a lecture about the history of the Old Spanish Trail Thursday, August 17, from 6-8pm. Presenter Liz Warren is a historian and one of the founders of the Old Spanish Trail Association.
The two-hour lecture is free to attend and includes light refreshments. RSVP is not required. Clark County Wetlands Park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about one mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue.
The Old Spanish National Historic Trail linked Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles California. Over its years of use, it followed several different routes through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California.
Various segments of the trail are accessible via Route 25 in New Mexico, Interstate 70 in Colorado, Utah, and Nevada and Route 5 in California. The trail is part of the National Trails System managed by the National Park Service. For more information visit the National Park Service Old Spanish National Historic Trail website and Facebook page. A comprehensive, interactive visitor map is available through The Old Spanish Trail Association, the official NPS partner.
The Old Spanish Trail is a national historic trail, approved as a bill by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2002. Explorer Antonio Armijo took multiple routes through southern Nevada in 1829-1830, followed by John C. Fremont in the 1840s. The Old Spanish Trail routes established commerce between California and the Southwest and contributed significantly to the establishment of Las Vegas and surrounding communities.
Old Spanish Trail Association
The Old Spanish Trail Association now boasts over 400 members in 27 states with 10 local chapters in six western states and England. The membership is inclusive and involves historians, archaeologists, public land managers, educators, writers, Native Americans, and direct descendents of those who traveled the trail.