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News.bytes Extra, issue 487

Bizz Johnson Trail hosts hand cart trip commemoration

The BLM's Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail took on the look of the mid 1800s during the week of June 27, when an event commemorating the Mormon Migration of 1847 traversed the entire 26-mile length of the trail.

Nearly 200 members of the Mormon Church took part in the event to commemorate the Mormon migration to the Salt  Lake Valley.  The "family" groups pulled two-wheeled hand carts packed with supplies for the four-day outing.  The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office issued a special recreation use permit for the event.

a large group of people in pioneer costumes, with large-wheeled handcarts covered in blue plastic tarps
Teams position their handcarts at the Hobo Camp Day Use Area for the start of the voyage.

a group of young people in pioneer costumes pulls a hand cart
A migrating "family" ascends the first of several mild climbs on the trail.
a group in pioneer costumes pulls a hand cart
Passing a trail information sign, two carts head west into the Susan River canyon west of Susanville.

The Eagle Lake Field Office periodically issues permits to groups who find the wide and smooth trail ideal for such outings.

- Jeff Fontana, public affairs officer, BLM California Northern District, 6/29/11

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 486
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Last updated: 07-01-2011