Riverside Lantern Tours have wrapped up for this year - watch for our 2022 schedule!
August 2021: Traveling the Royal Road
When: Sunday, Aug. 22 and
Sunday, Aug. 29
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Lions Open Space picnic area, larimer.org/naturalresources/parks/lions
When four bedraggled men plodded into the wooded hamlet of Franklin, MO from the west leading their pack mules it drew the keen curiosity of the townsfolk. It was late in January, 1822 and they were traders having just arrived from Santa Fé, 865 long miles to the southwest. To the eyes of the interested onlookers it didn't appear to have been a particularly successful venture. But, when one of them cut open a leather bag from which spilled a cascade of Mexican silver dollars, all eyes became as large as the shining coins themselves!
The lucrative trade with Mexico had been initiated.
The route blazed by the trading party the previous September was led by William Becknell and would soon come to be known as the "Wagon Road to Santa Fé," and still later as the Santa Fé Trail.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment of that most famous of international corridors. Join us for a special commemorative program on the Santa Fé Trail's bicentennial.
Weather conditions in Colorado can vary so please dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes for standing and walking (smooth and uneven surfaces). In addition, consider bringing water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
About Our Talks (June - August)
Located on historic ground along the Cache la Poudre River, our venue provides a scenic open grassy area perfect for small audiences. Folding chairs are furnished for your comfort.
Our chronological and geographic scope at Traces of the Past allows for the exploration of a vast storehouse of historic subject matter. The truth is that it is nigh on impossible to mention, let alone discuss, every topic of import or interest during our tours given their limited duration. Therefore, in order to introduce and delve deeper into those “missed” historic subjects, we are offering one-hour evening talks as an adjunct to our tours.
What to Bring
We Can Bring Our Talks/Presentations to You!
We can bring our program content to you
by delivering 1-hour on-site presentations. Please contact us using form below to
Customized talks: starting at $150.00 (based on a 1 hour presentation)