Sunday August 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Public Library, Dr. Leo Oliva will speak on “The Smoky Hill Trail.”   The Kansas Corral of the Westerners program is free and everyone is invited.

The Smoky Hill Trail ran between Atchison, Kansas and Denver, Colorado from 1855 to 1870, including a stretch through Riley County, Kansas.  It was the most direct route to Colorado during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and was an important road west until the coming of the railroad.

A graduate of Fort Hays State University, Leo Oliva earned a Masters degree in American history and a Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of several books (including Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail and six of the eight books in the Kansas Forts Network Series) as well as many articles about the frontier West and Kansas.  Oliva is a founding member of the Kansas Corral of the Westerners, Santa Fe Trail Association, and the Fort Larned Old Guard.

The Kansas Corral of the Westerners is the local affiliate of Westerners International, an organization that celebrates the fun, scholarship, and heritage of the history of the American West.  For more information on the Kansas Corral or Westerners International, go to or


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  • Occurred Sunday, August 18th, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Manhattan Public Library

629 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502


Cheryl Collins