DATE: February 5, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2007-31
FOR RELEASE: February 5, 2007
CALIFORNIA TRAIL CENTER CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES
Elko, Nev.— Contractors are completing major components of the California Trail Center building. The final concrete pour for the building’s structural footings and foundations was done and drilling has been completed for the underground source heat pump.
Trail Center Architect Joey Carrasquillo of Anderson Mason Dale (Denver, CO) visited the construction site last week and comment “It’s coming along quite nicely and the quality of work looks fantastic. The building is in good hands. “
“It’s worth noting that this is a challenging building,” Carrasquillo added. “The building is very animated – it’s not just four walls with a roof. It has complex profiling with a variety of levels of roof lines. There are a lot of exacting details in the structure.”
“The project is on schedule,” said BLM Civil Engineer and Contract Manager Ken White. “The contractor is doing an excellent job and is out to give us the best possible product. There’s good team working on the project.”
STORIES FROM THE TRAIL
Old Greenwood and Murder on the Trail - by Mike Brown
He was absolutely ancient when the Oregon emigrants of 1845 arrived at Fort Hall. Eighty-three years old and one of the most remarkable mountain men who ever lived. When the fur trade died out around 1840, Caleb Greenwood switched professions to guiding emigrants.
Hired by John Sutter in 1845 to persuade overland emigrants to go to California instead of Oregon, “Old Greenwood” as he was called, set up camp at Fort Hall.
When emigrants arrived at the Fort to rest and re-supply, Greenwood regaled them with stories both true and tall about the advantages of California over going to Oregon. When he had persuaded enough families to make up a train, he’d lead them south from Fort Hall.
On one such trip Greenwood led the emigrants away and after 3 days, turned the wagon train over to his son John. The old man then road back to Fort Hall to put together another group. Well, as John was riding through the sage leading his wagon party, an Indian jumped out and spooked his horse. John was nearly thrown and his companions laughed and teased him. In a fury, he drew his pistol and the companions yelled at the Indian to run. He ran, but not fast enough for John Greenwood shot him in the back. John then came to his senses, realized what he had done, put his horse into a run west on the California Trail, leaving the wagons behind.
The other emigrants left the dying Indian on a quilt by the side of the trail, gave him some water, and continued their journey west. That evening, the old man Caleb Greenwood rode up and found the Indian. Realizing he didn’t have a chance of survival, Greenwood ordered him shot in the head and buried. Furious, he rode into camp and pronounced a death sentence on the man who shot the Indian. When the party members told him it was his own son, he said “shoot him on sight, like a wolf.”
His son John got away and rode into Fort Sutter ahead of his father, and he kept running for he knew what the old man would do to him. John did make up with his father a few years later and spent time with him near the end of his life.
Caleb lived on a few more years and died in California in 1850 somewhere between the Bear and Yuba rivers. He died out in the open, threatening to shoot anyone who moved him indoors.
From Dale Morgan’s The Humboldt, Highroad of the West