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Elko District Office
Release Date: 06/24/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-050

'Basque Herders: The End of an Era' at the California Trail Center

ELKO, Nev.— On Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m. a free presentation on the story of the Basques in the Great Basin is being offered by Kent McAdoo of the University of Nevada, Reno Extension Service.

McAdoo will discuss the influences of the Basque on Elko’s culture and landscape. In 1970, 90 percent of the sheep herders in the Great Basin were of Basque heritage, yet by 1976 only 14 percent of the sheep herders were of Basque descent. In “Basque Herders – the End of an Era,” McAdoo will explain the marks they left on the landscape, and why their numbers in the sheep ranching industry declined so steeply in the last forty years.

In addition, a restored 1910 Sheepwagon, owned by Cliff and Lynne Brown of Elko, will be on display. Other new exhibits at the Center include the murals in the Great Basin Room depicting the Great Basin Native American story along with the new bronze sculpture of a Great Basin native woman now installed on the plaza.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is located eight miles west of Elko at Hunter Exit 292. The Trail Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the Trail Center at 775-738-1849 for more information or visit our websites at or Like the Trail Center on Facebook or follow them on twitter at @CATrailCenter.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

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