SAGUACHE — On Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m., U.S. Forest Service (USFS), retired and Chapter President for the Old Spanish Trail (OST) Association Ken Frye will be the featured speaker for the Saguache Chamber speaker program.
The event will take place at the County Road and Bridge building located at 305 3rd Street in Saguache.
Born and raised in the San Luis Valley, Frye was an archaeologist and charter member of the OST Association when first formed in 1994. Ken spent many years as an SLV archaeologist with the USFS and has spent much of his life exploring ruins and trails no longer used by ancient peoples — Native Americans, Spanish explorers, fur trappers, Hispano settlers and post-civil war American pioneers.
Saguache is a crossroad for one of the most important aspects of the Old Spanish Trail; the “West Branch of the North Fork” (located at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 285 and Colorado State Highway 114) where men and women have turned west for centuries to cross the Continental Divide at Cochetopa Pass. Frye will share the history of the OST and his understanding of the “West Branch” and the significance of the locating of the town of Saguache in relation to this.
County residents are invited to come and hear Frye speak about his life in the Valley, his current role with the OST Association, and the importance of the Old Spanish Trail to Saguache yesterday, today, and in the future.
Chamber of commerce monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the chamber at [email protected] or call Barry at 719-322-7298 with any questions about this meeting or to be part of the chamber’s speaker program in the future.