U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2008-27
Date: May 12, 2008
CONTACT: David Jamiel, (775) 753-0213
Email: david_jamiel@nv.blm.gov

CIRCLE YOUR WAGONS IN ELKO
FORTH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA TRAIL DAYS CELEBRATION PLANNED

The 2008 California Trail Days celebration will be held at the new California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center located eight miles west of Elko on Interstate 80 at the 292, Hunter Exit. This free event will offer the opportunity to relive life on the California trail during the 1850s. The event will take place on Friday May 30 and Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

During the two day event there will be a variety of historical related activities for every age group. The Old Melodeon Minstrels will return for their fourth year to perform gold rush era songs using period instruments. On Friday evening May 30 the Minstrels will lead visitors in a square dance session on the Trail Center plaza. New features will include a talk by Donner Party survivor Margaret Breen, (Professor Doris Dwyer, Western Nevada Community College, will use a Chautauqua style presentation to portray Mrs. Breen). Walk through a living history,; a trapper, wagon train camp, and military camps representing soldiers from Forts Ruby and Hallack. Exhibits on the Pony Express, Gold Rush period firearms and Gold Rush coins have been added to this year’s event.

California Trail Center Manager Dave Jamiel said, “We’ve moved the event back to the Trail Center location because we want to give the public the opportunity to see the building, provide them with information about the status of the project, and let them experience some of the different types of interpretive activities that will take place in the future at the Trail Center when it is opened to the public on a regular basis.”

Activities include talks on a variety of overland trail topics, wagon rides, live oxen and spinning and carding demonstrations. Native American crafts exhibit and primitive cooking demonstration are also scheduled. There will also be a variety of interactive educational activities related to the history of the emigration to California between 1841 and 1869.
Volunteers and BLM staff will be available to give tours of the new Trail Center and to answer questions about what’s in store in the future at the Trail Center.

A detailed schedule of activities is available by contracting David Jamiel (775) 753-0213 or Gary Koy (775) 753-0281 at the BLM Elko Field Office.

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Last updated: 05-12-2008