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ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-04
FOR RELEASE: October 10, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386; mbrown@nv.blm.gov

D R A F T D R A F T D R A F T

CALIFORNIA TRAIL CENTER CONSTRUCTION ON TRACK

Elko, Nev. — The California Trail Center is entering the final stages of construction.

“West Coast Contractors are starting to complete some of the major components of the Trail Center,” said Dave Jamiel, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Trail Center Manager. “Workers are final grading the entire site beginning at the northwest drainage and working southeast.”

Jamiel added that Spires Concrete formed the foundations for the entry sign, gates and fence posts. Frazier Masonry has completed the stone veneer in the plaza and on the building. They have the features at the entry to complete. Copeland Electric installed electrical conduits and boxes in the ceiling of the south exhibit area.

Parker Heating is connecting piping and valves to the equipment in the mechanical room and extending duct work to the ceiling registers. Jackson Drywall installed, taped and primed gypsum board throughout the building. Southham Metal installed the steel siding upon the north side of the building at the library.

STORIES FROM THE TRAIL

Scrounging Meals on the Trail - by Mike Brown

One of the universal topics of discussion that appears in most overland trail diaries is the
subject of food. Eating, after all, is a common human trait. By the time emigrants got to what is now Nevada, they had been on the trail long enough that their supplies were down to just the basics. And many folks had even run short of the necessities. Hungry men would do just about anything for a meal.

Byron McKinstry, told a story that happened to his group in August 1850.

“We have been in company for a few days with a wagon train from Saline County, Missouri, [who are] nearly out of provisions. The old man [in the wagon train] is a queer fish, pretends to be clairvoyant. Says he can throw himself into a Mesmeric State and visit his family or that of anyone that desires it. Can tell where there are rich deposits of gold, etcetera, etcetera. Some of our company are believers and want to hear from home by this faculty of the old man. He will describe your family, etcetera, so as to satisfy you of the truth of his revelations. He will perform for provisions, but not for money.”

So, for a bag of potatoes you could find out where the gold would be California or talk to your wife back in Iowa! Makes you wonder - who had been on the trail too long - the old man who could communicate long distance or the men who believed him?

courtesy of Trails West, Inc.

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