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Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail

  Established: October 6, 1986 Managing Nonprofit: Nez Perce Trail Foundation Managing Agency: USDA Forest Service   The 1877, the Nez Perce people were forced to flee from their homelands near Lake Wallowa, Oregon as they were pursued by U.S. Army Generals Howard, Sturgis, and…

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

  Established: December 4, 2002 Managing Nonprofit: Old Spanish Trail Association Managing Agency: National Park Service     Mexican trader Antonio Armijo led the first commercial caravan between Abiquiú, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California in 1829. Versions of this route were then used by…

Oregon National Historic Trail

  Established: November 10, 1978 Managing Nonprofit: Oregon-California Trails Association Managing Agency: National Park Service In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase pushed the US border west of the Mississippi River for the first time, nearly doubling the size of the country. But the wilderness known as…

Pony Express National Historic Trail

  Established: August 3, 1992 Managing Nonprofit: National Pony Express Association Managing Agency: National Park Service     Founded in April 1860, the legendary Pony Express ran for only 18 months before it was rendered irrelevant by the installation of a transcontinental telegraph. Today, the Pony…

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

  Established: May 8, 1987 Managing Nonprofit: Santa Fe Trail Association Managing Agency: National Park Service     In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became America’s first great international commercial highway, and for nearly sixty years thereafter was one of the nation’s great routes of…

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

  Established: November 12, 1996 Managing Agency: National Park Service     The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail traces the 54-mile route of the 1965 Voting Rights March led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Central Alabama. Notable historic sites include Brown Chapel…

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

  Established: May 8, 2008 Managing Agency: National Park Service       The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marks important historical sites along the Chesapeake Bay, where battles shook the region for three years during the War of 1812. America’s National Anthem, the Star-Spangled…

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

  Established: December 16, 1987 Managing Nonprofit: National Trail of Tears Association (ToTA) Managing Agency: National Park Service     The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the survival of the Cherokee people, forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to live…

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail

  Established: March 30, 2009 Managing Nonprofit: Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Inc. Managing Agency: National Park Service   The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail is marks the routes taken by American and French troops from 1780-1783 and commemorates the role of the critical French-American…