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Fall Lecture Series: Alex McGregor to speak on Mullan Trail

— The second lecture in the Historical Museum of St. Gertrude October lecture series will be presented this Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m., by Alex McGregor. His presentation is “Merchants, Mule Packers, A Rugged Path to Success: The Mullan Road, 1860-1883.”

Alex McGregor is president of The McGregor Company, a farm supply business with 360 employees and offices in nearly four dozen rural communities of the Inland Northwest. He also serves as managing general partner of McGregor Land & Livestock, a 135-year-old eastern Washington family wheat, barley, and livestock ranch. He is author of a chapter in “The Mullan Road,” a recent publication by Mountain Press celebrating the 150th anniversary of the construction of the 624-mile military wagon road built between Fort Walla Walla, Wash., territory, into northern Idaho and on to Fort Benton, in the future state of Montana. He wrote it in memory of his father, Sherman, who showed him the old trails and told him of the pioneers he had known. “These pioneers did not know the meaning of the word fear and forged on until the trail was complete,” he said.

The lecture will take place in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude located at 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood. Lectures have been made possible and free to the public through a partnership with the Idaho Humanities Council. Call 208-962-2054 or log onto


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