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Elko District Office
Release Date: 04/05/13
Contacts: Tiffany Cusick , 775-738-1849 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-036

Mormon Station presentation at California Trail Center

Due to a family illness, the presentation scheduled for this Saturday, April 13, has been cancelled. 
Tiffany Cusick, Interpretive Specialist, will perform ‘Petticoat Prospectors’ instead.

Petticoat Prospectors: The Real Gold-diggers – Come learn what is at the end of the rainbow with Park Ranger Tiffany Cusick as she talks about Frances Williams, Lillian Malcolm and Firminia “Mina” Sarras, among others. These women labored in a man’s world and often had to hide their identities as women to survive. Some were successful and towns were named after them, others were less fortunate but all shared a love of glittering gold. 

ELKO, Nev. - Park Supervisor Suzanne Sturtevant of Mormon Station State Historic Park will provide a free presentation at the California Trail Interpretive Center on Saturday, April 13 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Located along the California Trail, at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mormon Station grew into one of the first permanent, non-Indian settlements in Nevada. Sturtevant will discuss the settlement and growth of Mormon Station, the Pony Express, Snowshoe Thompson (the famous Norwegian mailman of the Sierra), the stagecoach driver Hank Monk, the devastating fire of 1910 and more. The presentation will conclude with information about what is happening in the settlement, now known as Genoa, today.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is located eight miles west of Elko, at Hunter exit 292 off Interstate 80. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Visit, our Facebook page or call (775) 738-1849 for more information.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-12-2013