Date: July 31, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-97
TRAIL CENTER CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES
Elko, Nev. — The California Trail Center plaza water feature is nearly finished.
“The Humboldt water feature is 75 percent complete,” said Dave Jamiel, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Trail Center Manager. “The Center architect and engineers were here last week to observe and inspect the progress of work.”
Jamiel added that Spires Concrete has installed approximately three fourths of the concrete curbing in the parking lot. They are also continuing to form the tiered seating between the plaza walls. Venture Allglaze Glass continues installing window frames and windows throughout the building.
Frazier Masonry completed the installation of the stone veneer on five of the seven interpretive walls in the plaza and started installing the support system for the stone veneer upon the building walls. Copeland Electric installed electrical conduits and boxes throughout the exhibit area, and Jackson Drywall constructed light gage steel framing throughout all areas of the building. Team Green installed irrigation piping and control wiring in the plaza area. They also installed sleeves for future irrigation. Parker Heating is installing ducts, copper piping for the fan coil units, potable water piping and waste drainage piping throughout the building.
STORIES FROM THE TRAIL
Gold Fever Among The Cherokees - by Terry Del Bene
As news of the discovery of gold in California created a stir throughout the world, it also was warmly received in the lands of the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokees had experience with gold mining before their successes led to their removal to Indian Territory. The Cherokees quickly formed several companies to take advantage of the new strike. Some of the companies formed mining associations before starting out. The equipment necessary to belong to the companies was regulated by the tribe. The leadership prescribed that each emigrant would need to take as much food as is necessary to sustain him through the trip. The list for survival included 100 pounds of bacon, 200 pounds of flour, 25 pounds of salt and two pounds of soap. Each wagon company would include a minimum of 100 able-bodied men. Recognizing that the Cherokee parties would be passing through the territories of other Indians it further was prescribed that each man carry a rifle, butcher knife, 3 pounds of black powder, and 9 pounds of lead shot.
The Cherokees took a variety of routes to the gold fields. Some traveled start-to-finish along the California Trail. However, the California Trail was infested with cholera, making this a dangerous proposition. Many chose to take a new route which partially followed the Santa Fe Trail and then established new paths to the south of the California Trail. These new paths collectively are label the Cherokee Trail. The Cherokee Trail variations all rejoin the California Trail at various locations in southwestern Wyoming. The Cherokee Trail appears to have been free of cholera and the first cases suffered by the Cherokee companies were after joining with the California Trail.
Because of their experiences in gold mining Cherokee miners were much sought after for mentors and partners in the gold fields. It is most curious that on the way to California, Cherokee miners noticed traces of color in deposits near present day Denver, Colorado. At the time they made note of the potential for gold and pressed on to the big California strike. On the return trip to Indian Territory some of these same Cherokee miners would test the deposits in Cherry Creek and touch off a Colorado gold rush.
Source - Cherokee Trail Diaries Vol. 1 & 2