City of Independence, Missouri

Oregon-California Trail Association presents City of Independence with President’s Special Award for continued support and partnership


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The City of Independence is committed to supporting historical education and this has not gone unnoticed. During the August 21 City Council Meeting, Travis Boley, representing the Oregon-California Trail Association (OCTA), presented Mayor Eileen Weir with the President’s Special Award. 


The citation accompanying the award reads: From OCTA’s very first convention in Independence at the Roger Sermon Center, with a reception at the Bingham-Waggoner House, and Mayor Barbara Potts’ participation in a monument dedication, to its development of the city’s National Frontier Trails Center and the city’s long-time commitment to host OCTA headquarters, the City of Independence has been an important, valuable partner in achieving OCTA’s mission. For over 30 years, OCTA has greatly benefited from this partnership. We wish to express our appreciation by presenting the City of Independence with a President's Special Award.

“We are proud of our history here in Independence,” Mayor Weir said. “The partnership that we have developed with OCTA is a natural progression and we are proud to continue finding new ways to educate future generations about the important role the trails played in our shared history. We are honored to be recognized with the President’s Special Award, and thank OCTA for all of their work in our community.”

The Council understands the important role the Trails play in not only our history but the future of Independence as well. The strategic plan, Independence For All, includes key strategies that highlight the important role the Trails play in our economy. You can learn more about the strategic plan at You can learn more about OCTA, its mission and work here, To learn more about the National Frontier Trails Museum, visit