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Frontier Trails and Swales Day Trip
POSTED: 04/10/2013
Learn about and experience the history of our nation's westward expansion during an early June day trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Frontier Trails and Swales is the name of this trip, which will take place on June 4. Participants will begin with a covered wagon ride from the historic Independence square, to the National Fortier Trails Museum. Along, the way, travelers will see a frontier log courthouse and a historic jail. Retrace the exact path of the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails through swales carved by thousands of wagon trains. At the museum, visitors will see a variety of pioneers diaries, illustrations, and artifacts. Next up is the Bingham-Waggoner Estate, whose grounds were considered a shortcut on the road that was later part of the Santa Fe Trail. Learn about the estate's distinguished residents, including the famous American artists and Missouri Politician George Caleb Bingham. Lunch will be in the estate's banquet room.

The Frontier Trails and Swales trip will leave from Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam, at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, and return about 4:30 p.m. that day. The cost for this seven -hour trip, including transportation, tours, lunch, and a 50 Plus escort, is $59 per person. To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “day trip.”

While the JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

The JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online and for updated program listings, visit the district’s website at

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