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is published annually by
Ozark Trail Association
406 W. High St.
Potosi, MO 63664
Volume 4, Issue 1
Questions or comments to:
©The Ozark Trail Association 2013, 2014
Kathy Atnip
Kathy Atnip
Matt Atnip
Steve Coates
Bob Henningsen
Josh Pennington
Susan Zimmerman
Printed on paper containing 10% recycled content
Cover Photo: Old lead
smelter from early days
of Missouri mining,
photographed in June
1937. Located on the
Clark National Forest,
Courtois Ranger District
(Photo courtesy of the
Forest History Society,
Durham NC)
Above Photo: Purple coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea) blooms from
spring through summer in sunny
places along the Ozark Trail.
Welcome to another edition of
The Connector!
The year 2013 was an eventful one for the Ozark Trail Association. We completed our
first year with a full-time Director, Matt Atnip. We produced the first new printed maps
of the Ozark Trail in years. We created a first-class manual for trail construction in the
Ozarks. We were very prominent in Missouri’s award for “Best Trails State” from Ameri-
can Trails, in April 2013. And our Board of Directors participated in a weekend retreat
where we set strategy for our future.
And, oh yeah, our volunteers continued their tireless support of our world-class Ozark
Trail. I don’t think “world-class” is a stretch when describing the Ozark Trail─our reach
is worldwide with one click of a mouse and our reputation is growing. As we continue
into our second decade, it will become ever more important to maintain and expand
our impact. Simply put, we want more people to know about the Ozark Trail.
I mentioned the new Ozark Trail maps. Folks, these are beautiful maps which include a wealth of information on
each trail section and they are perhaps one of the most outstanding forms of outreach we can offer. I express
my many thanks to the project manager, Kathy Atnip and to Abi Jackson, our lead designer, for her excel-
lent work in conceptualizing and creating the layout. If you haven’t ordered your maps yet, you can do so at
. Our trail construction manual:
Trail Building in the Ozarks
should make all
OTA volunteers proud. Together our efforts have helped make the OTA the premier natural trail construction and
maintenance organization in Missouri, and now we have both a classroom and field version of this comprehen-
sive manual to share our process with the world. The manual includes specially commissioned original diagrams
as well as information on leadership in a trail building context. These features set our manual apart from similar
publications by others. Kathy designed the manuals and coordinated the project, and we’re also grateful to Josh
Pennington and Matt Atnip for the content.
This issue of
The Connector
honors the unique natural and cultural history of the Ozarks, and how the Ozark
Trail relates to this history. We dip into the Civil War in Missouri, the origins and natural history of the Mark Twain
National Forest and stories of the historic and legendary Ozarks. Early explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, the
famous outlaw Jesse James, mythical─and scary─forest creatures and use of the land by Native Americans
(and their subsequent suffering on the Trail of Tears); all touch on the Ozark Trail. We hope learning a little about
all these will add to your experience on the OT.
As we move forward, it will be increasingly important to keep focused on the goals set by our Board. Key among
these goals is to promote the Ozark Trail. We have first-rate new maps. We have our own customized trail con-
struction and Crew Leader guide. Most importantly, we have an outstanding group of volunteers to help get the
job done. Where else can we promote the trail? I ask you all to be thinking of ways that you can help spread the
word about what we already know: that the Ozark Trail is among the best trails in the world.
As always, I thank you for your support of the OTA.
Steve Coates
OTA President
Scott Avetta
Paul Barbercheck
Scott Campbell
Forest History Society
Missouri Civil War
Heritage Foundation
Missouri State University
History Department
National Archives
Photo Collection
Adam Rothermich
State Historical
Society of Missouri
U.S. Forest Service 100
Years Photo Collection
Layout & Graphics:
Abi Jackson