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FOR RELEASE: August 27, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386; mbrown@nv.blm.gov


 Elko, Nev. — U.S. Senator Harry Reid along with several state, county, and city elected officials toured the California Trail Center last week.

“We were excited to have Senator Reid, his staff, and others visit the Trail Center and see the progress,” said Dave Jamiel, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Trail Center Manager. “Senator Reid has been a major supporter and without his efforts the Center would still be on the drawing boards.”

Jamiel added that architects and project engineers also toured the facility and reviewed progress. West Coast Contractors fine graded the plaza, the rear of the building, parking lot and placed a portion of the final boulder rock wall.

Spires Concrete placed concrete for the foundation for the ramp at the west entrance. They also formed the curved tiered seating in the plaza. Frazier Masonry installed stone veneer at the front of the building and west interpretive wall. Copeland Electric installed electrical conduits and boxes throughout the exhibit area and installed exterior lighting fixtures in the plaza.

Parker Heating tested the copper piping for the fan coil units and potable water piping. They also tested the vent piping for all of the waste lines and the storm drainage piping. Jackson Drywall installed drywall in the office areas, multipurpose room, and exhibit areas. They are also installing plaster lath on the soffit areas and framework support for the ceiling in the multipurpose and work office areas.

Team Green began the installation of the plaza pavers at plaza wall number three.

The Home Stretch
- by Terry Del Bene
As emigrants passed through Nevada the “itch” to arrive at the gold fields drove many to desert the slower wagon trains and press on. The last miles were some of the hardest of the journey, made even harder by the losses along the way.

On August 18, 1849 Sallie Hester wrote in her diary, “Camped on a branch of the Mary River, a very disagreeable and unpleasant place on account of the water being so hot. This week some of our company left us, all young men. There were jolly, merry fellows and gave life to our lonely evenings. We all miss them very much. Some had violins, others guitars, and some had fine voices, and they always had a good audience. They were anxious to hurry on without Sunday stops. Roads are rocky and trying to our wagons, and the dust is horrible. The men wear veils tied over their hats as a protection. When we reach camp at night they are covered with dust from head to heels.”

There would be several days of little grass after leaving the Mary River. Many cattle would perish in the home stretch because of this. The cry “Another Ox Down” was a familiar one. Sallie’s party would make it through and on September 4 she finally reports that the cattle are “up to their eyes” in grass. There were still mountains to cross and rivers to ford but every step brought the forty-niners closer to the end of the journey and a chance for a new life in the gold fields.

(Source Covered Wagon Women Vol. I pp.239-240)


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