ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-95
FOR RELEASE: July 23, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
SUMMER TALK SERIES CONTINUES
The History in the Park - Stories from the West presentation on Tues., July 31, is about Fort Ruby and the soldiers sent to the middle of nowhere living a life of routine, loneliness, danger and monotony. The 7:00 p.m. talk will be held on the lawn in the City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.
The talk, "Fort Ruby, The Worst Post on the Frontier" will be given by David Jamiel, Project Manager of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.
“Fort Ruby was often called the 'Worst Post on the American frontier,'" said Jamiel. "Fort Ruby was located at the southern end of the Ruby Valley in what is now White Pine County. Fort Ruby was the central military post between Fort Churchill near Carson City, Nev and Camp Douglas near Salt Lake City, Utah. These outposts provided protection for travelers and commerce moving east and west along the 'Overland Road' during and shortly after the Civil War.”
Jamiel will discuss what life was like for soldiers stationed at Fort Ruby and other 19th Century American frontier forts. Soldiers often found themselves stationed far from any form of civilization where the living conditions were harsh and officers were often tyrannical.
Sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Nevada Humanities Council, and the BLM Elko Field Office, the 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 will focus on stories of the California National Historic Trail.
All talks begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held behind the Museum in the City Park. In the event of inclement weather, the talks will be moved indoors to the Museum Theater. All talks are free and the public is encouraged to attend. 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.