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DATE: March 12, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
e-mail: Mike_Brown@nv.blm.gov


The walls of Elko's future California Trail Center are rising rapidly as crews from Frazier Masonry make excellent progress.

Elko, Nev. — Masonry contractors started putting the walls up on Elko’s future California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.

“It’s exciting to see walls going up,” said Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Trail Center Manager Dave Jamiel. “Although the Trail Center is over 30% completed, the majority of the work thus far has been below the surface where it’s hard to see progress. That’s different now. The Frazier Masonry crews are making excellent progress and the walls should be complete by the end of the March or early April.”

When completed, the Trail Center will occupy an 11-acre footprint and will include 16,000 square feet in the main facility and a similar-sized interpretive plaza east of the building. Construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2008.


The Swiss and the Shoshoni, Hospitality on the Trail – Part 1- by Mike Brown

Part of the fun and excitement of traveling to foreign lands and meeting new people is the chance to eat new foods from other cultures. Some emigrants headed to California experienced this fun.

Traveling west in 1846 on the Hastings Cutoff with 4 companions from his native Switzerland, Heinrich Lienhard was introduced to several Western Shoshoni delicacies. On September 6th, Lienhard recorded an encounter with some local dishes.

“I recalled the edible roots, and taking my walking stick in hand, I made a motion as if I were digging something out of the ground, at the same time looking around at the ground, then pointing to my little finger and finally to my mouth, moving my jaws as if I were eating. Then I gave my walking stick to my dark-skinned friend. The Indian understood exactly what I meant; he knew that I was asking him to dig up some roots for me. He immediately jumped up from his sitting posture, looked around on the ground alongside of the road, dug something out of the ground here and there, and in a few moments returned with a few yellowish roots. I indicated that he should eat some first, which he did immediately; then I, too, bit off a little piece and tasted it cautiously. It tasted very much like a parsnip; I liked it and ate the rest with pleasure.”

Next, the Indian caught a grasshopper and tried to persuade Lienhard to eat it with a root – kind of a root/grasshopper sandwich. Lienhard refused, but he did eat more roots and even shared them with his companions that evening for dinner.

In the next installment, we’ll learn the rest of this dinner story.


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