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Tea, Roy



  • Existence: 1927 - 2017

Biographical History

Roy Tea (1927-2017) was a materials engineer who mapped parts of the Oregon Trail.

Roy Tea was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. He was the youngest of thirteen children. After graduating high school he enlisted in the army and spent a year in Japan. He then attended Brigham Young University and received a B.S. in geology. He earned his professional engineer license while working at the Utah State Department of Transportation. He worked on highways as a materials engineer for 35 years. While working on the Interstate 80 route he came upon the Hastings/Donner-Reed Trail and afterwards spent much of his free time locating and marking it. He also worked heavily on the Antelope Island project. He was a member of the Oregon-California Trails Association, Utah Crossroads Chapter and the Lincoln Highway Association. Tea passed away in 2017.

A journey to California (Roy Tea)

Hastings cutoff, 1994?: cover (Roy Tea)

UPB files, June 1, 2010 (Roy Tea was born on November 19, 1927; served in the Army just after World War 2; Attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a BS in Geology; worked for the Utah State Department of Transportation; Discovered the Hastings/Donner-Reed Trail, and marked the trail; currently retired and is a part of the Oregon-California Trails Association, Utah Crossroads Chapter and the Lincoln Highway Association; lives in Utah)

Findagrave, via WWW, March 31, 2021 (Tea passed away in 2017)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Roy Tea papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6107
Scope and Contents Contains research by Tea on Western trails that includes maps of Mormon, explorer, emigration, and Spanish trails from Colorado to California, booklets of Utah monument trails, and information on the Hastings Cutoff Trail in Utah. Also includes various correspondence, newspapers clippngs, photographs, and research notes related to Roy Tea's work as an engineer. Also includes tour guides and books about the Utah area, UDOT manuals and materials guides, Lincoln Highway Forum magazines,...
Dates: approximately 1958-2012