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DATE: August 2, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
e-mail: Mike_Brown@nv.blm.gov


The Summer 2005 History in the Park - Stories from the West continues with a presentation on mountain man Caleb Greenwood on Tuesday, August 9th, 7:00 p.m. on the lawn in the City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.

The talk, entitled “Caleb Green, the Oldest Trail Guide” will be given by BLM Elko Public Affairs Officer Mike Brown.

Brown described the presentation, “He was absolutely ancient when the Oregon emigrants of 1845 arrived at Fort Hall - 83 years old and one of the most remarkable mountain men who ever lived. When the fur trade died out around 1840, Caleb Greenwood switched professions to guiding emigrants. In 1845, John Sutter hired “Old Greenwood” to set up camp at Fort Hall and persuade overland emigrants to go to California instead of Oregon. Few other men knew the West like Caleb Greenwood. In 1843, he guided the first wagons across a shortcut that later became known as the Sublette Cutoff. In the Winter of 1846/47 he helped organize relief efforts for the Donner Party trapped in the snow.”

Sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Nevada Humanities Council, and the Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office, the History in the Park - Stories from the West is a free lecture series reflecting the wealth of history of Nevada and the American West. Many of the talks will focus on stories of the California National Historic Trail.

All talks begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held behind the Museum in the City Park. In the event of inclement weather, the talks will be moved indoors to the Museum theater. All talks are free and the public is encouraged to attend. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for open seating on the grass.

For more information about the series, contact the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, (775) 738-3418.


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