American Auto Trail-Overland Trail (Sterling to Proctor CO)

This route, following the former South Platte River Trail, has been closely associated with the development of the state of Colorado.  Along the banks of the shallow many-islanded stream passed the Spanish explorer, Pedro de Villasur, in 1720. A century later came trappers for beaver skins and fur traders who built well-fortified posts and bartered with Native Americans for buffalo hides. Next, the Fifty-niners, lured by tales of fabulous gold strikes, and then the ever-increasing tide of settlers.

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Vehicle: “Tempest” 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

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