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DATE: March 26, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
e-mail: Mike_Brown@nv.blm.gov


Elko, Nev. — Masonry contractors continued building the walls for Elko’s future California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.

“The Frazier Masonry crews are making great progress on the walls,” said Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Trail Center Manager Dave Jamiel. “They have completed laying all the masonry units on the north wall, the walls around the mechanical room, and two exhibit interpretive walls inside of the building. They are working on the front of the building and library this week.”

West Coast Construction tied the 8” water line from the tank into the building, and laid approximately 200’ of 8” pipe towards the water tank. The plumbers have nearly completed installing all the under-ground piping and will test the piping this week. The electricians ran conduits to locations in the walls and to pull-boxes outside of the building.
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 2 - by Mike Brown
Heinrich Lienhard met a friendly Shoshone Indian who introduced him to a local delicacy – edible roots. Lienhard and his companions ate quite a few for dinner. The next day, here’s what he had to say about it.

“The eating of raw and unfamiliar vegetables had noticeable effects on Thomen and me, and especially me. Severe stomach-ache and diarrhea were the result. During the night I wished more than once that I had never seen these Indian parsnips, but toward morning I felt better again.

“On the 7th of September, six to eight Indians came to our camp, and among them was my friend of last evening. The came just as we were about to break up camp. My “root” friend had both his hands full of roots, which he wanted to give me. However, the pain and the running which they had caused made me turn completely against them. The brown fellow did not seem to understand why I did not want to accept any more roots since I had enjoyed them so much last evening.

“Since I could explain why only by signs, I bent over forward, held my stomach with both hands, and groaned as if I had severe stomach pains. Then I imitated a certain sound with my lips that could come only from another part of the anatomy, and at the same time I made a quick gesture to my behind. The Indians understood completely, and they all burst out in a storm of laughter. My friend laughed loudest of all, and threw his roots at my back. We naturally joined in the laughter and parted as good friends in spite of it all.”

From Heinrich Lienhard’s From St. Louis to Sutter’s Fort, 1846


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