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Elko District Office
Release Date: 05/10/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-043

Volunteers needed for California Trail Days

ELKO, Nev.— Calling all emigrants at heart. The California Trail Interpretive Center needs you.

The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District is hosting the 10th annual California Trail Days at the California Trail Interpretive Center Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is need of volunteers to assist in the following areas:

• Costumed Staff
• Greeters
• Exhibit monitors
• Kids’ activities
• Set up and clean up
• Parking lot attendants
• Trail monitors

A variety of displays for all ages is available at this free event, including black powder rifle demonstrations, period music, gold panning, Native American crafts and formal presentations on the history and culture of the area. Recently added activities are Dr. Quackenbush, a phrenologist and a barnyard petting zoo sponsored by Elko 4H (on Saturday only).

The theme of this year’s Trail Days is “The top 40 of the 1840s.” Featured artists will be Los Californios playing the Spanish and Mexican Music of California prior to the gold rush and Phil and Vivian Williams playing fiddle tunes of the overland trail era. Vivian has won many fiddle contests in the U.S. and Canada. Her accolades include the 1999 National Senior Championship, seven-time Washington State Senior Champion and three time Washington State fiddle champion. Each group will perform twice each day. Highlighting this year’s celebration will be an old time dance Saturday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. featuring the music of Southwind.

Surrounding the Trail Center will be Living History Encampments where visitors will enjoy walking through a replica trail camp. Volunteer interpreters will be in period costumes and answer questions about what is being displayed and about the equipment and history of the California Trail.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Trail Center at (775) 738-1849 or email to Gary Koy at

The California Trail Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is eight miles west of Elko at Hunter Exit 292. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call (775) 738-1849, or visit or for more information.

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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