Historian Lolly Ming will share her knowledge about the Granada-Fort Union Military Trail at the next gathering of the Bent's Fort Chapter, Saturday in Las Animas.
The group's meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the J.W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum, 560 Bent Ave., and will be followed by a catered lunch (cost is $10) at 12 p.m. Ming's presentation will begin at 1 p.m.
Ming has spent many years researching the Military Trail, which crossed Southern Colorado in the 1800s, and has lots of fascinating and sometimes little-known facts about it. Along with the history of the Trail, Ming will talk about how the trail name came about and the amount of freight that went over the trail. She will also relate entries from two diaries written by travelers along the trail.
For more information on the meeting, call Kevin Lindahl at 719-469-1894 or LaDonna Hutton at 719-469-2906. The presentation is free and open to the public beginning at 1 p.m.
Membership in the Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is $15 per year. Its mission is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.