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FOR RELEASE: June 18, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
Email: mbrown@nv.blm.gov


Elko, Nev. — Construction workers began building the water feature which will duplicate the Humboldt River as part of the California Trail Center plaza.

“It’s been a busy week at the construction site,” said Dennis Petersen, California Trail Center Construction Project Inspector. “The masonry veneer was completed on the north and east sides of the Trail Center. Installing the stone veneer at the front of the building and on the interpretive walls will begin next week.”

Jackson Drywall crews constructed steel stud walls in the electrical room, restrooms and at the roof to enclose the varying roof heights. Team Green installed the main irrigation lines in the plaza. Venture Allglaze Glass installed the flashings and substrate to fasten the windows in place. Parker Heating constructed heating/cooling ducts and positioned them throughout the building. Copeland Electric installed electrical conduits and boxes throughout the building and plaza.

Swimming the Humboldt
- by Mike Brown
If there’s a single metaphor for the journey to California through what is now Nevada - it’s the Humboldt River. If there’s a common thread among emigrants writing about the journey along the Humboldt - it’s the complaining about the dust, the heat, the bad water, the misery of it all, etc. Another thread, not quite so common, is of travelers who, tiring of it all, tried a different route or different method of getting to California. The most famous of the “alternate route” emigrants was William Manley who floated down a portion of the Green River and eventually wound up in Death Valley.

Forty-niner G. W. Thissell tells the story about himself and half a dozen Argonauts who literally took to the Humboldt River. Swimming was less arduous than eating dust and roasting their feet on the trail. But the trail and river parted company.

Thissell described, “The train had taken a cut-off and left the river. The heat was intense. The sun was almost blistering our backs, which were now as red as lobsters. It was ten o’clock and no train could be seen. We left the water and heeled it down the river through the willows, like so many wild men. One o’clock and the train came in sight, but many miles away. In the willows we came upon a band of friendly Indians who gave us old moccasins to put on our feet. At two o’clock, when the train came back to the river and camped, we were still two miles away. Two of our company on horseback brought us our clothes. Our backs were so badly blistered we could scarcely wear our shirts. At six o’clock we were only twelve hours older, but many years wiser.”

from Dale Morgan’s The Humboldt, Highroad of the West


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