|July 28, 2006|
Contact: Lesley A. Collins
Trails Center Celebrates Ezra Meeker Centennial with Free Day
On Thursday, August 3, 2006 the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center will be open free of charge all day to celebrate the preservation efforts of Oregon Trail pioneer Ezra Meeker.
The public is invited to attend a series of presentations at the Trails Center, located at 1501 North Poplar in Casper, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with an oxen team named Zeus and Thor pulling Meeker’s covered wagon, accompanied by their trainer, Dixon Ford. At 10:30a.m. the City of Casper Mayor’s Office and Chamber of Commerce will welcome the day’s guests to the Trails Center, followed by a first-person interpretive performance by Ray Egan as Ezra Meeker. Following Egan will be a lecture and slide presentation by Dennis Larsen, historian for the Ezra Meeker Historical Society of Puyallup, Washington. All three presentations will be repeated during the day.
Meeker was an Oregon Trail emigrant at the age of 21 in 1852, when he walked to the Pacific Northwest with his bride and their infant son. In 1906, when he was 75 years of age, Ezra Meeker felt compelled to campaign for the permanent marking and preservation of the Oregon Trail to honor the role that it played in American history. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Ezra Meeker’s eastward journey along the Oregon Trail and his meeting with President Theodore Roosevelt to encourage federal protection for the famous emigrant route.
For more information about this commemorative day please contact the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center at 307-261-7781 or 307-261-7780. On Monday July 31, a schedule of events and a photo of the oxen will be available online at www.wy.blm.gov/nhtic.
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