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"History Comes to Life on the Talking Trail..."

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Back in 1928 five boys at Pawnee Valley wanted to play basketball. Needing five to make a team, three eighth graders sought out a 7th grader and 6th grader to fill the roster...

Barnyard Basketball - Overland Trail Museum
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Not every World War II veteran in Sterling, Colorado wore an American uniform. Emanuele Campanella, known as “Campy,” was an Italian prisoner of war who became a naturalized U.S. citizen...

Part 2 - Campy's POW Story
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Before the Overland Trail was the Cherokee Trail, which was established in 1849 as a shortcut to the gold fields of California, as it is 150 miles shorter than the Oregon Trail...

Impact of the Railroad - Overland Trail Museum
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Enjoy this song, titled "Robin Hood" from Mary Linville's music box, which was a gift given to her in 1919...

Robin Hood - Mary Linville Music Box
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Enjoy this song, titled "New Paris" from Mary Linville's music box, which was a gift given to her in 1919...

New Paris - Mary Linville Music Box
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Enjoy this song, titled "La Gitana" or The Gypsy, from Mary Linville's music box, which was a gift given to her in 1919...

La Gitana - Mary Linville Music Box
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Located on Highway 6, east of the South Platte River, the Overland trail commemorates the historic westward migration of gold seekers and early pioneers.

 

The museum was named after the Overland trail stage route that was a branch of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska. The Overland Trail followed the south bank of the South Platte River through northeastern Colorado. It is said that the Overland Trail was the heaviest traveled road in America, maybe even in the world between 1862 to 1868. The museum was opened in 1936 in the original building, which was made of native rock and designed after the early trading forts. In the past 65 years much has been added, not only to the structure, but to the collections which have been donated by local citizens.

Come explore all of the rich history along the Overland Trail Museum Talking Trail!

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