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Local D.A.R. members rededicate century old Oregon Trail Marker

 Local and state D.A.R. members pose for a photo with the newly rededicated monument Sunday.
Local and state D.A.R. members pose for a photo with the newly rededicated monument Sunday. (KCWY)
Published: Jul. 5, 2020 at 4:57 PM CDT
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100 years ago the Fort Caspar Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a monument on the Oregon Trail where Lt. Caspar Collins died. Sunday, dozens gathered as the local D.A.R. members rededicated the monument.

"Near and dear to our heart. Not a lot of people get to do that, follow in the footsteps and play a part in something that was so important to them at that time," said D.A.R Fort Caspar Chapter Regent, Shelly Trumbull.

Trumbull said it's important to keep local history alive and to honor it because, without it, we wouldn't be here.

The ceremony has been two years in the making by local D.A.R. members.

The community, Mills Mayor and D.A.R. members from across the state gathered at Mills Memorial Park for the ceremony. Some weren't just D.A.R. members, but descendants of those who were there a hundred years ago.

"I know my great, great grandma talked about 40 years ago today. On that day, that's what she was talking about, and today I'm talking about 100 years ago today and so it's just that continuation, and it's just exciting, and it's awesome to be here and just get it out to our community. It was important to them, it's important to me," said D.A.R. Fort Caspar Chapter Historic Preservation Chair, Kristen Trumbull-Moldaschel.

Trumbull-Moldaschel hopes to build off of this ceremony and get more of the monument's history out to the community.

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