Traders, freighters and soldiers galore traveled the Santa Fe Trail as it crossed Kansas from Missouri to New Mexico. From 1821 until 1880, this trail of commerce and conquest passed just south of Salina. Whatever their differences, all those who walked or rode the trail had one thing in common — they all had to eat!
Join Leo Oliva as he uses the words of the men and women who were there to talk about food on the trail. He’ll share about the foods eaten, the preparation and the whole dining experience. Leo is an author, editor, founding member of the Santa Fe Trail and the Smoky Hill Trail Associations, historian, first person interpreter, frequent lecturer and current manager of the Cheyenne and Sioux village site in Ness County. This free presentation is offered at the Smoky Hill Museum from 5:30-6:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 6, in conjunction with Salina’s First Thursday events.