About Gathering

Buffalo Soldiers Quasquicentennial Gathering

About Gathering

Experience the adventures of the Trailblazing Buffalo Soldiers as we celebrate the Quasquicentennial 125th anniversary of one of their most awesome accomplishments: crisscrossing the continent nearly 3,000 miles on military bicycles.

Be inspired by the gallantry, endurance, and ingenuity of the US Army 25th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers in the place where it all began -- the majestic area the Spaniards called Montana.

Relive the vivid experience of the Iron Riders, who were part of the only bicycle corps the US Army authorized, who rode and patrolled Yellowstone along with an arduous 1900-mile trip from Missoula, Montana to St. Louis, Missouri

To celebrate this magnificent historic accomplishment, planning for the Quasquicentennial Celebration Gathering is currently underway with Destination Missoula, Wallace, Idaho Chamber of Commerce, The Wallace Inn, Historical Museum at Ft. Missoula, the Northern Rockies Heritage Center The Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History and the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Preserving, Promoting and Perpetuating the History of the Buffalo Soldiers


To Celebrate Buffalo Soldiers Iron Rider’s Historical Positive Attributes 


Ft. Missoula, Montana

Wallace, Idaho

St. Louis, Missouri


Monday, June 13, 2022 thru Sunday, June, 19, 2022 

Friday, June 17, 2022 Wallace Idaho

Sunday, July 24, 2022 St. Louis, Missouri

Who: Less

  • 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association –GLAAC

  • Buffalo Soldier National Museum-Houston, Texas

  • 9th and 10th( Horse) Cavalry Association-National

  • Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Clubs (Bikers)

  • National Organizations-National Groups-Veterans Groups

  • Legislative Leaders


 "To Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Iron Riders, and the proud history of the Buffalo Soldiers in the Northwest" and to create a Buffalo Soldiers National Trail  

Buffalo Soldiers

Planning Committee

Planning Committee MembersLess

Bobby McDonald – President, Black Chamber of Orange County

Emily Rolston – Group Sales, Destination Missoula

Matt Lautzenheiser – Executive Director, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

Kristjana Eyjólfsson – Director of Education, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

Tate Jones – Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History

Dave Copelan – Coordinator, Historical Wallace Chamber of Commerce

Rick Shaffer – General Manager, The Wallace Inn

Murray Pierce – Liaison to UM Black Student Union & Support for Students of African Descent

Arlen Hall -- BIKEternity

Erick Cedeno -- BICYCLE NOMAD

Ron Jones -- Iron Rider Reenactor

Jamar Galbreath -- Missoula County Equity Coordinator, Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Paul Reneau -- University of Montana

Anton Johnson -- Commander  VFW Post 209  Missoula 

Missouri State Members

Kevin Smith, Executive I, Missouri State Parks

Dawn Fredrickson, Program Director, Missouri State Parks

David Kelly, Director, Missouri State Parks

Dr. Darius Watson, Lincoln University, Admissions Office

Ashley Bland Manlove, MO State Representative

Vernon Mitchell, Chief Equity and inclusion Officer, St. Louis Mayor’s Office

Victoria Cosner,  Outreach & Engagement Coordinator