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Elko District Office
Release Date: 07/01/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-051

California Trail Center Open for 4th of July

ELKO, Nev - The California Trail Interpretive Center will be open to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At 11 a.m. there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a trail wedding, and readings from emigrant journals about how those traveling on the trail celebrated the holiday. Following at 1p.m., will be a black powder demonstration showcasing a few historic guns, as well as a second reading of the Declaration of Independence and a trail wedding. 

Staff and volunteers will add to the Trail experience by dressing in period clothing. Visitors can view a replica of the Independence Rock, so named because it was the site of many 4th of July celebrations and at least a few emigrant weddings that occurred along the California Trail. Overlanders on the way to California in the mid 1800’s, aware they were leaving the United States behind, had no intention of forgetting their heritage and traditions.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is located 8 miles west of Elko, at Hunter exit 292. Visit,, or Facebook 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: 07-02-2013