Taos Archaeological Society

TAS Monthly Meeting/Lecture

  • 11 Oct 2011
  • 7:00 PM - 8:29 PM
  • Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos



Date:              Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Location:        Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos                               

Title:               The Old Spanish Trail:  Exploration, Trade, Colonization and War


Speaker:         Thomas Merlan

Merlan, Michael Marshall and John Roney carried out this project for the Carson National Forest.  They wrote a chronology of the Trail and summarized its history in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California.  They then studied the segments on the Carson NF in more detail, using existing archeological reports, with some field –truthing, and proposed some corrections to the trail routes as delineated in the federal legislation making the OST a National Historic Trail.  They put together a series of  56 maps from c. 1587 to 2001, showing the Trail at each period of its history, as well as maps showing the present routes and proposed corrections.   Merlan will review the project, present the historic and modern maps, and discuss their conclusions. 

The minutes from the September meeting will approved at the start of this meeting.  Please review them, as posted on the website, under "About Us -> Previous Meetings" 

Dinner Plans ?

Join other TAS members and our speaker at  The Trading Post, 4179 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos at 5:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Dorothy Wells by Saturday, October 7 at 5 p.m. if you plan to join us for dinner.

dorothy_wells@mac.com or 751-3265.


Taos Archaeological Society

PO Box 143

Taos, NM, 87571


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