ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-13
FOR RELEASE: December 13, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
CONSTRUCTION WINDING DOWN AT TRAIL CENTER
Elko, Nev. — Less than 90 days remain in the scheduled construction period for the California Trail Center.
“West Coast Contractors finished the fence at the main entrance, said Dave Jamiel, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Trail Center Manager. “Several sub-contractors are on site wrapping up details.”
Jamiel added that Copeland Electric installed track and pendant lighting fixtures in the south exhibit and gift shop areas, and set panels and controllers in the mechanical room. Parker Heating installed piping and equipment in the mechanical room and set plumbing fixtures.
“As we wrap up construction we’re planning the next phases of the project. The Trail Center exhibits will arrive staggered over the next two years with the first part of the exhibits coming next spring,” Jamiel concluded.
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 in 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.