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Release Date: 07/22/13
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News Release No. ELDO 2013-057

Governor Sparks Chautauqua at Trail Center Rescheduled

ELKO, Nev. - Dr. Michael Fischer will present a Chautauqua of Nevada Governor John Sparks at the California Trail Interpretive Center on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. This is a rescheduling from July 13 due to scheduling conflicts.

Chautauqua are first-person presentations. This appearance will make the visitor feel like they’ve stepped back in time to listen to Gov. Sparks experiences as a rancher and politician.

John Sparks, a cattleman who at one time ranched in eastern Elko County north of Wells, was elected Nevada’s 10th governor in 1902. He served from 1902 to 1908. He was born in Mississippi in 1843. As a young man he moved to Texas and began ranching and became a cowboy.

In 1881, he and partner, John Tinnin, bought the HD Ranch in the Thousand Springs Valley, eventually running 30,000 cattle. At its peak, Sparks-Tinnin was said to control 6 percent of the land in Nevada. The railroad town of Sparks, Nevada was named in the Governor’s honor in 1904.

Dr. Michael Fischer, from Gardnerville, Nevada, is a retired dentist and former director of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. He is a lifelong Nevadan and a UNR graduate. Fischer is passionate about Nevada history and loves to share stories with history buffs. At the end of the performance, Dr. Fischer will come out of character to visit with the audience and answer questions.

The program is sponsored by the Nevada Humanities Committee.

The California Trail Interpretive Center is located 8 miles west of Elko at the 292 Hunter Exit. The facility is open Wednesday – through Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 775-738-1849.

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.

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Last updated: 07-31-2013