DATE: October 14, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-02
BLM DIRECTOR & ELKO COUNTY SCHEDULE TRAIL CENTER EVENT
A public event to celebrate the start of access road constructio n to Elko’s future
California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center is planned for Saturday, October 23rd,
2004, at 1:00 p.m. at the Trail Center site. The site is located just off I-80 Hunter Exit (8 miles
west of Elko) on the north side of the interstate. The public is invited to attend.
Partners in the Trails Center – California Trails Center Advisory Committee, City of
Elko, Elko County, State of Nevada, Maggie Creek Ranch, Nevada Senator Harry Reid’s Office,
and BLM Director Kathleen Clarke will give brief presentations. The event will honor several
individuals who have contributed to the project.
The City of Elko committed $2 million to the project; Elko County committed $1 million;
and the State of Nevada committed $3 million. Senator Harry Reid was successful in sponsoring
Senate Bill S.2749 which authorizes the appropriation of up to $12 million for the Trail Center.
The late William Searle of Maggie Creek Ranch donated 40 acres and a road easement for the
site of the Center west of Elko.
While interpreted to some extent at other facilities, no one interpretive center exists that
deals solely with the California Trail. The future center in Elko will be unique.
“The California Trail Center project began as a private citizen’s grassroots effort,” said
BLM Elko Field Manager Helen Hankins. “The support for the project has its basis in the local
community. Recognizing that no one entity had sufficient resources to fund such an undertaking,
the local community supporters used collaboration and partnership to obtain the financial
commitments needed. The success of the project will remain with that spirit of collaborative
“We invite everyone to join us for the Trail Center celebration. There will be a 19th
Century emigrant trail camp set up, guided tours of the building site, and we plan to have a
ribbon cutting to kick off the actual road building,” Hankins concluded.
In the event of inclement weather, the Trail Center event will be held at the Northeastern
Nevada Museum Theater, 1515 Idaho Street, in Elko. For more information about the California
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center or the October 23rd event, contact David Jamiel at the
BLM Elko Field Office (775) 753-0213.