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FOR RELEASE: July 5, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
Email: mbrown@nv.blm.gov
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-88


Mules to Dispute Jackass Image at History Series

The History in the Park - Stories from the West takes on the Jackass Mail Company in a talk about mules packing and the rigors of being a passenger on a mule pack train, on Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. on the lawn in the City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.

"Mules on the Overland Trail," will be given by Lori Tanner and some special guests--her mules.

“As I read the stories of the Jackass Mail Company and the constant reference to the difficult, stubborn and disagreeable beasts of transportation, mules," said Tanner, "I am compelled to share with you a discussion repeating literal facts from renowned historians and directly from the mouths of the namesake critters, mules. I discussed this story with all of my mules and they agreed hoofs down to come along with me and tell it as their ancestors told it to them.”

According to Tanner, Jackass Mail Company passengers endured many difficulties on overland their trip; poor food, uncomfortable accommodations, intense heat, scorching sun, dust, frequent breakdowns, little sleep, miles of walking and the stubborn mules. The fare one way, including meals was $200 for each person.

Come listen to the trials and tribulations of this extraordinary mail route, its founders, passengers and competition, and learn how The American Express Company, Butterfield Company and Wells Fargo tie into this rugged, dangerous, short-lived overland transportation company. Meet the mules and hear what they have to say as well.

Lori Tanner is the owner of Wagon Trails West, Inc., a non-profit educational organization in Wells, Nev.

The Summer 2007 History in the Park - Stories from the West is a free lecture series reflecting the wealth of history of Nevada and the American West. Many of the talks focus on stories of the California National Historic Trail. It is sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Nevada Humanities Council, and the Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office.

In the event of inclement weather, the talks will be moved indoors to the Museum Theater. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for open seating on the grass.

For more information about the series, call the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, (775) 738-3418.

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